The Dorset School of Acting

Be Brave, Be Bright, Be Brilliant

Becoming an actor is probably one of the hardest things you could ever want to do but it’s our passion to make you the very best you can be.

Here at The Dorset School of Acting we’ve created an inspirational and unique drama school since 2007; based in the Bournemouth and Poole area of the beautiful South coast. With an amazing team of experienced, attentive professionals our reputation, success rate and standards go from strength to strength making us the leading place to train.

At the heart of our training is our very own exclusive approach to acting – “The Process”.  It is the secret to truthful acting and has been developed by the school’s founder from years of obsessive research and ambition to find a simple and consistent way to create truth as a performer.

With full time professional training and part time courses for adults to numerous classes for young people in acting and musical theatre, we are proud and excited by our commitment to the future of performing arts and are driven to make sure that it can be accessed because a life without the arts is no life at all.

So please, have a look around at what we have to offer and come and join the next generation of drama schools.

BE - Be Brave, Be Bright, Be Brilliant

We use our own systematical approach to the art and craft of the actor...
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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 skills.

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Youth Courses

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

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The Process

Find out how we make truthful actors.

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Upcoming Events

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Drama School for a Day 2019

21 Kingland Road,
Poole, BH15 1UG

DSA’s ‘Drama School for a Day’ is still one of the area’s most popular events for those who want to pursue a professional career in the acting /performing industry.  We are proud to still provide this event after 8 years, … Continued



Canford School
Canford Magna
BH21 3AD

This whole school production from our acting & musical theatre classes to our diploma students, allows friends and family and public to come and see the variety of talent within it’s walls with no frills attached.  From musical theatre sections … Continued

Thoughts Ideas Advice Green Room Blog

Maia Drama School What's it like?

Maia shares her thoughts of her first couple weeks at The DSA.

What’s it like at the Dorset School of Acting I hear you ask? Well, let me give you a little insight into the crazy first few weeks of it!   In the first week and we were thrown into the … Continued


Get the right audition speeches for drama school 😮

Planning on auditioning for drama school – don’t know where to start?  What this video and get a helping hand from our principal, James!

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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