The Dorset School of Acting

Be Brave, Be Bright, Be Brilliant

The Dorset School of Acting is an internationally and nationally recognised Drama and Acting School based in the Bournemouth and Poole area of the South coast. Established in 2007 the school attracts talented and ambitious students and teachers alike.

The DSA offers full time vocational courses preparing students for a professional career in acting and musical theatre as well as part time courses for adults. As Dorset’s only full time professional Drama School we are proud of our commitment to the future of acting and drama. As such we provide performing arts youth courses for students aged 5-21 years in the south including Bournemouth, Poole, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

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Full Time Courses

Courses for those wishing to pursue a professional career in acting and musical theatre.

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Part Time Courses

Courses for adults wanting to develop and improve their acting and dancing skills.

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Youth Courses

Courses for young people aged 5 – 21 years in musical theatre and acting.

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NEW Film & Screen Acting classes

Classes for young people aged 12-21 years specifically in film & screen acting.

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Upcoming Events

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‘The Process’ book is now available!

Now available from Amazon, The Process – the secret to truthful acting by James Bowden is a clear, uncluttered and practical book which really informs your preparation work and gives you a clear path towards a truthful and complete character. This … Continued


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PSHE Theatre in Education for schools

Our 1 year diploma students will be performing for secondary schools across Poole & Bournemouth in their own devised PSHE project from January 2016.  This year they are tackling the issue of peer pressure in all it’s forms, the performance will … Continued


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And the winner is……..

Who in their right mind willingly stays up till 5am in the morning watching TV? Evidently me! So after the telethon that was the 88th Academy Awards I have had time to take in the results, the funny moments and … Continued


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Something is rotten in …Drama UK

News this week has emerged that Drama UK is faltering and haemorrhaging Drama Schools! From the point of view of a new and small school this is very interesting! For years students have been advised that they should only attend … Continued


Dame Harriet Walter

DSA's Patron

Dame Harriet Walter

DSA is thrilled to have Harriet Walter as it’s patron. She represents everything that DSA believes in and strives for in classical and modern acting.

I first became interested in the Dorset School of Acting a number of years ago when i saw their creativity, attitude and consideration for the theatre they were producing; a company endeavouring to make difference. Since then they have proved themselves as a tenacious centre of excellence in Acting & Musical Theatre training. I’m excited to be patron to such a bright and fearless school.

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