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About Us

We are actors, theatre makers, performers, researchers, thinkers and doers.

Based within the wider creative community of Manchester Metropolitan University, we are surrounded by artists, filmmakers, scriptwriters and others. Collaboration, experimentation and performance craft are at our core. Supported by research and industry-active staff, with a range of expert guest lecturers, students on our BA (Hons) Drama and Contemporary Performance and BA (Hons) Acting and courses are encouraged to develop their understanding of drama and performance, enhance their craft and explore their own strengths as performers and creatives.

Manchester is our dynamic home city, and a hub of creative activity with nationally and internationally renowned media institutions and theatres such as the BBC, HOME, Royal Exchange Theatre, Contact Theatre and The Lowry within easy reach of campus. The city also hosts festivals that offer opportunities to see inspiring theatre and performance, such as the Manchester International Festival, SICK! Festival and The Flare International Festival of New Theatre, the latter run by staff and students in the School.

As well as being a source of inspiration, our city also provides us with an active network of partners who we work with to develop courses informed by industry. Our partnerships with the Hallé Orchestra, RNCM, HOME and Chetham’s School of Music provide an exciting range of opportunities for our students to be involved with Manchester’s thriving media, theatre and performance scene. Further afield, we also work with the likes of The Royal Academy of Arts Antwerp and Institut français.

With a new Arts and Humanities Building in development, which will provide us with a range of enviable theatre and performance facilities, it is an exciting time to join us.