Birmingham School of Acting

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Birmingham School of Acting
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Former names
Birmingham School of Speech and Drama
Type Drama school
Established 1936 (as The Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art)
2005 (as Birmingham School of Acting)
Director Stephen Simms
Students 134
Location Birmingham, England, UK
Coordinates: 52°28′58″N 1°53′09″W / 52.4827°N 1.8859°W / 52.4827; -1.8859
Campus City Centre Campus, Millennium Point
Affiliations Birmingham City University, Drama UK

Birmingham School of Acting (BSA,[1] formerly known as Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art (B.S.S.T.D.A) and then as Birmingham School of Speech and Drama (B.S.S.D)) is 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 state-of-the-art 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) alongside the world-famous Birmingham Conservatoire.[3]

Two higher education courses exist with a range of part-time, summer school and short courses for adults and children. The school is also accredited by Drama UK and is a member of the Council of Drama Schools.[4]

Alumni of the school include 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, Ainsley Howard Nicholas Gledhill and Tania Hales-Richardson

The school is made up of 6 courses:

  • BA (Hons) Acting
  • BA (Hons) Applied Performance
  • BA (Hons) Stage Management
  • MFA Acting (The British Tradition)
  • MA Acting
  • MA/PgDip Professional Voice Practice

Additionally, there is a 9 month foundation course in acting.


  1. ^ Web site: "'BSA' to friends"
  2. ^ "Birmingham State Of The Art Acting School". Press Releases. Birmingham School of Acting. 2006-10-19. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Birmingham School of Acting merges with Birmingham Conservatoire | News | The Stage". The Stage. 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-07-10. 
  4. ^ [1]

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