Birmingham School of Acting

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Birmingham School of Acting
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Former names
Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art,
Birmingham School of Speech and Drama
TypeDrama school
Academic affiliations
Birmingham City University, Drama UK
DirectorStephen Simms

Coordinates: 52°28′58″N 1°53′09″W / 52.4827°N 1.8859°W / 52.4827; -1.8859
CampusCity Centre Campus, Millennium Point

Birmingham School of Acting (BSA),[1] previously known as Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art (BSSTDA) and then as Birmingham School of Speech and Drama (BSSD) was a drama school located in Birmingham, England. It was founded in 1936 by Pamela Chapman and became a faculty of Birmingham City University in 2005. In September 2006, it moved from Paradise Place to a purpose-built facility at Millennium Point in the city's Eastside area.[2] In 2008, it became a school of the university's Faculty of Performance, Media and English (PME), and in September 2017 it merged to become part of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.[3]

The school provided a range of part-time, summer school and short courses for adults and children. The school was accredited by Drama UK and was a member of the Council of Drama Schools.[4]

Alumni of the school included Ashley Rice, Nicol Williamson, Tom Lister, Catherine Tyldesley, Rachel Bright, Barbara Keogh, Luke Mably, James Bradshaw, Stephen Laughton, Jeffrey Holland, David Holt, Anna Brewster, Jimi Mistry, Helen George, Perry Cree, Ainsley Howard, Tania Hales-Richardson, Carole Boyd, Rosemary Pountney and Nicholas Gledhill.


  1. ^ Web site: "'BSA' to friends"
  2. ^ "Birmingham State Of The Art Acting School". Press Releases. Birmingham School of Acting. 19 October 2006. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Birmingham School of Acting merges with Birmingham Conservatoire". The Stage. 1 March 2017. Archived from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  4. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 14 October 1997. Retrieved 25 October 2018.

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