Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

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The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, London Acting & Drama School
ALRA South
TypeDrama school
FounderSorrel Carson and Caryll Ziegler
PrincipalsKieran Sheehan
SW18 3SX
AffiliationsTrinity College London, CDET, Federation of Drama Schools, St Mary's University, Twickenham
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The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) is a British drama school. It has 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 is 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 is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.[1]

Locations and origins[edit]

ALRA South is in the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, a Victorian Gothic Grade 2 listed building on the edge of Wandsworth Common.[2] Until 1982/3 it was in a converted church hall in East Finchley, North London.

ALRA North, in Wigan, Greater Manchester, opened in September 2010. The curriculum and teaching methods are the same as at ALRA South.


ALRA offers the following courses:

  • Three-year Acting course – leading to BA (Hons) Acting/National Diploma in Professional Acting[3]
  • Fifteen-month Acting course – leading to MA Professional Acting/National Certificate in Professional Acting[4]
  • MA in Directing[5]
  • Foundation Acting[6]
  • Various short courses.[7]


Admission to the school is based on three rounds of auditions and finally an interview with the school's directors, its registrar and an audition panel. The audition is held over the course of a single day.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Granger, Rachel. "Rapid Scoping Study on Leicester Drama School" (PDF). De Montfort University Leicester. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  2. ^ "ALRA South, Wandsworth, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. ^ "BA Hons Acting, acting BA, 3 Year, Vocational, Professional course". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Master in acting, MA professional acting course | PG Acting | Full-Time". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  5. ^ "MA Directing, MA Theatre Directing | Postgrad course | ALRA". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Foundation Acting Course (Full Time) | ALRA". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Short Courses & Workshops". ALRA. Retrieved 28 September 2015.

External links[edit]

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