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Manchester School of Theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University has an outstanding reputation for training actors with the professional skills necessary for employment in film, television, radio and stage.

For two consecutive years we have been the top drama school in the country for student satisfaction, with 100% of our students saying they were satisfied with our BA (Hons) Acting course, and after completing their studies, 100% of our graduates go on to further study or employment (NSS 2016 and DLHE 2015).

We are home to experts and award-winning students

Our students are supported and trained within a conservatoire environment by a highly skilled team of staff, who maintain active profiles as professional actors, performers, directors, and movement and voice consultants.

We pride ourselves on the professional standards we set and the accomplishments of our students and graduates.

The BBC Carleton Hobbs Award, the John Gielgud Bursary, The Alan Bates Prize and the Laurence Olivier Award are just a few of the prestigious awards that our students have recently won.

We enjoy established links with industry

Our nationally and internationally acclaimed School enjoys strong links and unique collaborations with many of the region’s key employers, including Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, The Contact Theatre, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Bolton Octagon Theatre and The Lowry.

We also have an active partnership with HOME, where our public performances are held. As Manchester newest £25m creative arts, theatre and media venue, HOME provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to perform in the cultural heart of the city.

We have an exciting future ahead of us

The Manchester School of Theatre is undergoing a transformation. Our stunning new arts and cultural hub is set to open in 2020, and will replace the former Capitol Theatre. Until then, our Acting students will train and rehearse in our new and vibrant performing arts, culture and media hub, just 5 minutes down the road at 70 Oxford Street, and while our new theatre is under construction, all of our public productions will be held at HOME.

And a rich history of teaching in Manchester

Manchester School of Theatre can trace its origins back to the mid-1960s, when a training programme for professional actors was introduced to Manchester College of Art and Design, later becoming part of Manchester Polytechnic (1970) and Manchester Metropolitan University (1992).

A Drama Department was established that aimed to serve the professional needs of student performers and reflect the ethos and values associated with the conservatoire model of training. Based at the Capitol Theatre Building in Didsbury, the School that was to grow from this initiative quickly established an outstanding national and international reputation for the provision of vocational training for those seeking careers as professional performers and actors.

In 1998, the School relocated to the Manchester Metropolitan University All Saints campus in central Manchester, bringing it into closer contact with the city and Manchester School of Art, which it is a part. The move increased access to central Manchester which served to further strengthen the School’s links with many of the region’s key employers – including BBC, The Royal Exchange Theatre and Contact Theatre.