The Stage Media Company Limited provides news and services for the UK theatre, entertainment and performing arts industry. The Stage is a resource for actors and performers, backstage workers, creative teams and those in training and education. The company lists 37 institutions in the UK providing performance arts training, with a clear concentration (65%) in London and the South East. The remaining are scattered throughout the UK. Listed institutions include:
LAMDA - Based in London and founded in 1861, LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK. Training is delivered by a faculty of experienced practitioners and a large number of visiting specialists and professionals. In 2017 the redeveloped centre was opened, providing training and rehearsal facilities, a screen and audio suite, a dedicated library and three versatile performance venues. LAMDA provide a range of course, from a one-year diploma, to undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. Funding is available, including scholarships, bursaries and fee waiving. LAMDA Ltd.’s 2018 filed accounts show income and endowments of £10.97 million, including £5.87 million from the drama school.
The Arden School of Theatre – Located in Manchester, part of UCEN Manchester and established in association with the city’s Royal Exchange Theatre. It was one of the first establishments in the UK to offer vocational, degree level theatrical courses. Courses include acting for live and recorded media, dance and performance and musical theatre. All courses are for a period of three years and result in a BA (hons) degree.
Leeds College of Music – Based in Leeds and founded over 50 years ago. The college offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as short courses and youth courses for those aged 9-18. Short courses include Introduction to Mixing and Mastering (£155, 2 days) and Vocal Health for Singers (£75, 1 day). The college currently provides education to over 1,900 musicians. The college’s 2018 accounts show total income of £12.55 million, including £10.47 million from tuition fees and education contracts.
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) - Located in Liverpool and founded in 1996. LIPA is a specialist higher education provider for performers and those who make performance possible, co-founded by Paul McCartney. The institution has a student population of approximately 770. 25% of students come from outside of the UK with representatives from every continent and over 40 countries. Recent figures have shown that over the most recent four-year period, 92% of LIPA's graduates are in work three years after leaving, while 84% work in the performing arts. Courses include foundation certificates, undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. The institution’s 2018 accounts show total income, including donations and endowments of £11.36 million, with income from tuition of £8.54 million.
Spirit Young Performers Company – Based in London and founded in 2013, the company provides performing arts part time training for performers aged 6-19. In the most recent year, 100% of Spirit students graduated to performing arts colleges and were accepted into their 1st choice schools, including full scholarship offers. Spirit students are consistently being cast in top West End productions such as Matilda, School of Rock, Annie and Les Miss. The company’s YouTube Channel is used to generate exposure for students through professionally filmed performance videos. These productions have gone on to draw over 60 million viewers worldwide.