Guildford School of Acting
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2008)|
|Head of Acting||Dr Trevor Rawlins|
|Head of Musical Theatre||Michael Moor|
|Location||Guildford School of Acting
Stag Hill Campus
|Ages||18+ (Full-time courses)+|
Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is a drama school located in Guildford, Surrey, England. It is an affiliate of the University of Surrey and is an accredited member of Drama UK. As at 2014, it is the top scoring Drama UK accredited school for student satisfaction.
Guildford School of Acting (GSA), originally known as the Grant-Bellairs School of Dance and Drama, was founded in London in 1935 by Pauline Grant and Bice Bellairs. The school was relocated to Guildford in 1945 as a result of World War II. In 1964, the school became a charitable organisation and was renamed Guildford School of Acting & Dance. In the early 1990s the '& Dance' was dropped. Today the school is a limited company. Its head office is on the University of Surrey's Stag Hill Campus, Guildford, Surrey.
The school offers professional training in drama, musical theatre and professional production skills such as stage management, lighting and sound design. All full time courses lead towards further and higher education qualifications validated by either the University of Surrey or Trinity College London. Being recognised as a leading performing arts institution, the school is one of only 21 specialist schools selected to award the government Dance and Drama Awards for courses validated by Trinity College.
Until November 2009, the School occupied several sites in central Guildford, with facilities including drama, dance and music studios, technical workshops, IT facilities, a specialist library and resource centre, a wardrobe department, rehearsal rooms and two in-house theatres. As part of its merger with the University of Surrey, the school has moved to a completely new building which houses all faculties of the school on one site on the university campus. Peter Barlow, GSA Director (until December 2010), was handed the keys by project manager David Austin (VolkerFitzpatrick) on 13 November 2009, marking a new era for GSA, with the first classes at the new building started on 16 November. The relocation was completed in late 2011 with the opening of the Ivy Performing Arts Centre.
The school stages regular private and public performances at various venues, including the Ivy Arts Centre, the Electric Theatre, the Mill Theatre, and an annual graduate production at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
The following is a list of our courses:
- Foundation Course, Acting
- Foundation Course, Musical Theatre
- BA Honours Degree, Acting
- BA Honours Degree, Musical Theatre
- BA Honours Degree, Professional Production Skills
- BA Honours Degree, Theatre (Distance Learning Course)
- BA Honours Degree, Actor Musician (from 2015)
- Master of Arts, Acting
- Master of Arts, Musical Theatre
- Master of Arts, Contemporary Theatre Making
- Master of Arts, Practice of Voice and Singing
- Master of Arts, Creative Practices and Direction (pathways include: Actor Training; Movement Direction & Choreography; Musical Theatre Creation; Theatre Directing)
In addition to its full time courses, the school runs summer schools which include intensive courses in acting, singing and dance. Other summer school courses focus on specific aspects of performance arts, such as musical theatre, audition technique, acting for camera, directing a musical and youth theatre. The school also runs a Saturday School for primarily younger students, who can choose classes such as Acting, Musical Theatre and many more, and have classes in their chosen subjects on Saturdays in term time.
- "GSA achieves success in the National Student Survey 2014". Guildford School of Acting. August 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
- "New building – we have the keys!". Guildford School of Acting. November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-20.