We aim to produce versatile, creative and thoughtful actors, able to take responsibility for shaping their own careers.
We offer you a rigorous programme of technique, rehearsal and performance practice through a wide range of repertoire in both live and recorded media.
This is combined with classes that encourage you to cultivate yourself as an enterprising, self-reliant actor with the necessary business acumen to find and create work to achieve a sustained career.
Average places available: Up to 36 each year
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Our graduates work in everything from repertory theatre, West End and Broadway musicals and plays to Theatre in Education tours, television, film and radio plays.
Graduates have also gone on to become directors, producers, musical directors, writers, teachers, casting agents and founders of their own companies.
Each year we conduct a survey of our alumni who graduated almost four years earlier to find out whether we are fulfilling our mission to help our students to gain sustained employment. You can see the results of the latest survey by clicking on the factsheet image.
We also take part in the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey to find out what our graduates are doing six months after they left us. The results are published on Unistats and you can see summary statistics in the Key Information Sets box at the bottom of this page.
In the last two years, our graduates have been performing with the National Theatre, the RSC, in West End productions, on Broadway and in a diverse range of international and national touring shows, across all types of genres. James Backway, for example, was cast in the lead role of Albert Narracott in War Horse in the West End, less than a year after graduating. In musical theatre, our graduates have been starring in Avenue Q, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Commitments, Once, Hairspray, Urinetown and in Kinky Boots on Broadway. Some of our graduates have become theatre directors, including Jamie Lloyd (who featured in the top 20 of The Stage 100 list of the most influential people working in theatre and the performing arts, in January 2015). As Artistic Director of Trafalgar Transformed at Trafalgar Studios, his recent credits include The Ruling Class, East is East and Richard III starring Martin Freeman. He has also worked at National and the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Acting graduates have played lead roles in prime-time TV dramas including ITV’s Emmerdale, BBC1’s Our Zoo, and Ripper Street, and have featured in shows such as ITV’s Coronation Street and Cilla, Channel 4’s Cucumber, Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude and BBC2’s The Fall. On film our graduates have recently appeared in The Woman in Black 2 and Pride and Lisa Stokke (Acting 1998) provided the speaking and singing voice of Elsa in the Norwegian version of the Disney film Frozen.
Image: James Backway (Acting 2014) performing in the lead role of Albert Narracott in the National Theatre’s production of War Horse. His first professional role after graduating was at the National Theatre in a play which won a competition for young playwrights called Is There Wifi In Heaven? The play was directed by fellow LIPA graduate Adam Penford (BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Acting), 2001).
Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg.
Practitioners, well known and perhaps not so well known, from all performing arts disciplines participate with us. Many of our Patrons and all our Companions have shared their professional lives and the lessons they have learnt, often the hard way. Here's just a few of those sessions.
During the third term of their second year in 2015 our Acting students performed in a mini festival of one act plays - some were themed on America and others were Pinter plays. This film called LIPA: Production Building, put together by Bay TV gives an insight into the staging of the festival from the perspective of the director, some of the actors and some of the students who worked on the set, costume and lighting.
Key Information Set
The Key Information Set (KIS) below provides prospective students with facts and figures about studying at LIPA, which are comparable with other institutions.
As part of the Higher Education Funding Council’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education, the KIS includes information such as:
- Course professional accreditation
- Assessment methods
- Learning and teaching activities
- Tuition fees
- Accommodation availability and cost
- Student satisfaction (National Student Survey)
- Post study employment prospects (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education)
This information is summarised in the “widget” (below). The widget also contains links to the Unistats website that enables you to compare KIS data with other courses.
Please remember to read these facts and figures in conjunction with the other information on the LIPA website to give you the fullest possible insight to studying here.