The Stage Scholarships 2018: Arts Educational Schools

Students in an Arts Educational summer school class
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Arts Ed has a genuinely international reputation as an outstanding centre for training in performing arts. In 2016, its BA degree school was named school of the year by The Stage, while the day school also boasts exceptional vocational training alongside an excellent academic education.

Among Arts Ed alumni are famous names such as Julie Andrews, Nigel Harman, Samantha Barks and a whole family of Strallens: Scarlett, Summer and Zizi. Four alumni are currently performing in Hamilton in the West End, including The Stage Debut Awards winner Miriam-Teak Lee. Other ex-students have appeared in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables and movies Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Transformers and Marvel’s Iron Fist.

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For the first time, Arts Ed, in association with The Stage, is able to offer a selection of scholarships, including six places at the Arts Ed Extra Skills Academy and six on Arts Ed’s 2018 summer course. There is also a place to be won on the Arts Ed Excelerate musical theatre course and another on the Excelerate Acting course. The total value of each of these fantastic opportunities comes to around £13,000.

The Arts Ed Extra Skills Academy offers weekend opportunities for 4 to 16-year-olds to learn and develop skills in the performing arts in a fun, vibrant and friendly environment. Arts Ed’s summer course is renowned for providing the very best performing arts training in the UK, offering a range of programmes from Junior Drama Company and Putting on a Musical to audition techniques for students aiming to further a career in the performing arts.

The Arts Ed Excelerate part-time courses focus on intensive skills in musical theatre and acting audition preparation for those aged 18 and above. Delivered over two terms from September to March during the evenings, these courses aim to provide students with the skills and confidence to take them to the next step in their vocational training.

Each of these courses takes place at Arts Ed’s school in Chiswick, west London, a short walk from Turnham Green tube station on the District Line (zone 2/3). The school is renowned for its BA and MA degrees in performing arts, but these courses aim to give young people access to proper skills training. They are run by professional tutors in groups no larger than 16 students. Musical theatre courses are accompanied with a musical director as well as professional choreographers and acting coaches.

Director of Arts Ed Extra Jonathan Goodwin explains: “The Arts Ed brand is very strong in itself, so to align ourselves with an organisation that has the same ethos is really important. The Stage supports young people in their development and promotes it. From our perspective, it’s about building reputations and concentrating on the individual. It’s about getting to know the young people and nurturing and encouraging talent. The small class sizes mean that we can develop their skills individually and move them forward better.”

Goodwin is keen to point out that, at this stage, they are not looking for star performances but potential.

“For the auditions, if they are planning on joining the acting option, then we’ll want them to perform a monologue. We want to see some personality and that you have passion and enthusiasm. It’s not about delivering a finished product, however – we need to see the potential. We look at their story because we want to get to know them and how they think this course will help them to move forwards.

“From a musical theatre point of view, they may come and do a song and a short dance class. Again, it is only about potential. We call it an audition, but it’s really just a case of meeting us and showing us what you enjoy doing.”


Courses: Excelerate acting/musical theatre (part-time evening course); Skills Academy Saturday school; summer courses
Educational level: School age/post-school
Number of scholarships offered: Excelerate (one full scholarship for each course); Skills Academy (six full scholarships); summer courses (six full scholarships) 
Value of scholarship: Excelerate acting (£2,700)/musical theatre (£3,100); Skills Academy (£800 per place); summer school (£500 per place)
What costs are covered? Fees
Where is the school? West London
Audition dates: April (summer course); May/June/July (Excelerate); July (Skills Academy)
How to apply: Email Jonathan Goodwin, director of Arts Ed Extra: jgoodwin@artsed.co.uk Quote ‘The Stage’ when applying.