Academy of Live and Recorded Arts
|Founder||Sorrel Carson and Caryll Ziegler|
|Affiliations||Trinity College London, CDET, Federation of Drama Schools, St Mary's University, Twickenham|
The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) was a British drama school. It had two sites: ALRA South on Wandsworth Common in south London and ALRA North in Wigan, Greater Manchester. It was founded in 1979 by director and actor Sorrel Carson who then directed the school as its principal until 2001. The current acting principal was Kieran Sheehan.
ALRA was a member of Drama UK, formerly the Conference of Drama Schools, and National Council for Drama Training, both organizations since dissolved, and receives funding from the Young People's Learning Agency. It was a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.
Locations and origins
ALRA South was in the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, a Victorian Gothic Grade 2 listed building on the edge of Wandsworth Common. Until 1982/3 it was in a converted church hall in East Finchley, North London. The first school was opened in a Church Hall in East Finchley in 1979.
ALRA North, was in Wigan, Greater Manchester, opened in September 2010. The curriculum and teaching methods are the same as at ALRA South.
ALRA offered the following courses:
- Three-year Acting course – leading to BA (Hons) Acting/National Diploma in Professional Acting
- Fifteen-month Acting course – leading to MA Professional Acting/National Certificate in Professional Acting
- MA in Directing
- Foundation Acting
- Various short courses.
Admission to the school was based on three rounds of auditions and finally an interview with the school's directors, its registrar and an audition panel. The audition was held over the course of a single day.
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