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The Story of the School

The Artists Theatre School was founded in 1998 by actor Amanda Redman MBE. and is a unique concept in drama school tuition. The school was founded to pass on the knowledge and skills of people who are experts and practitioners, not merely teachers, to those who have a genuine interest, whether they have any previous experience or professional aspirations, or are simply keen to learn.

Classes are given on a Saturday by professional working artists with recognised speech and drama qualifications, drawing upon a wealth of experience gained in film, television & theatre including the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal National Theatre and West End theatre productions.

Students also learn from visiting experts about all aspects of theatre and acting, including voice production, song, mime, movement, improvisation, dance, text study and interpretation, prose and poetry.  Along the way they develop self confidence and communication skills, as well as an increased knowledge of literature and theatre.


Every year Amanda Redman directs an end of year Adult Showcase performance at Questors Theatre in Ealing to which Agents and Casting Directors are invited.

  • I am interested in auditioning for the adult class, how do I go about this? Auditions for the adult class take place once a year during the summer term. You can register your interest in hearing about upcoming auditions on our application page by clicking here

  • What do I need to prepare for the audition? You will need to LEARN one contemporary and one Shakespeare speech that you will be required to perform off-script to the panel. You may then be redirected for one or both of your speeches and you will have a brief chat with the panel members. Please also prepare a short unaccompanied song (this is simply for the panel to determine the tone of your voice). Please also bring a spare copy of the script with you.

  • Where are the shows performed? At the Questors Theatre in Ealing.

  • How much are the fees & how often must we pay? Fees are paid termly and are £250 a term. Click here for all details on fees.

  • What is the structure of the adult course? In the first term, adult students take part in classes every week with different teachers and practitioners. These classes could include Shakespeare, movement, text, character development, improvisation, voice etc. In the second term, all students will be cast in a show directed by our principal, Amanda Redman and will rehearse from January - July. The show will then be performed at the Questors Theatre, Ealing in July.

  • Do I need lots of acting experience to become an adult student? We are not looking for experience, we are simply looking for passion, talent and potential.

  • How much commitment is required for the adult course? During rehearsal terms, you may be required for additional rehearsals on Sunday's as well as Saturday's, particularly in the final term, and you MUST be flexible to attend. You are also expected to work hard during the week on your own on character, lines and background research.  

  • What have past ATS students gone on to achieve? We have a number of alumni who have gone on to have successful careers within the industry, including work in television, film, theatre and radio. A lot of our students have also gained a place at the top drama schools following their time with ATS. See our alumni page here.


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