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.

From our 1 year course in Acting & Musical Theatre, 2 year course in Acting 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

Lighthouse,
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 9 years, … Continued


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‘The Process’ book is now available!

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 ‘Process’ has been … Continued


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Not all performing arts training paths need to lead to London

So you have spent the last 4 years working away in your secondary school in Anytown, UK and finally you are ready to take your next step towards your dream of becoming a professional performer. Naturally you want to leave … Continued


Drama School Auditions

Auditioning for Drama School?

Setting your sights on a place at RADA, LAMDA, BRISTOL OLD VIC, CENTRAL, GUILDHALL, ROSE BRUFORD, EAST 15, ARTS ED, MOUNTVIEW, ITALIA CONTI ET AL? Okay so you want to be an actor or performer and are auditioning for Drama … 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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