Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Stage Management & Technical Theatre

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How to apply


The Conservatoire schools welcome all applications and judge prospective students solely on their talent and potential to develop the skills required for their chosen profession.

Applications to any of the Conservatoire schools should be made directly to the individual school. It is not possible to apply to any of the schools through the UCAS system. This does not affect your ability to access Student Finance.

You can view the Conservatoire’s admissions policy statement here:

Admissions policy statement

Please see the individual institution’s website for details of its applications process:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact directly the school of your choice and they will be happy to help you.

The audition process

All applicants who wish to train as an actor, dancer or circus artist in any of the Conservatoire schools and meet that school’s criteria will be offered an audition. Those who wish to train in stage management and technical theatre will be invited to attend an interview.

Each of the schools offers formal audition dates every year. It is not unusual for there to be a round of auditions, followed by call-backs and interviews for the successful applicant. In very exceptional instances the school may make you an immediate offer of a place. The dance schools in particular tend to have fixed dates for auditions whereas the drama schools are often more flexible. You may be given an audition slot at short notice, sometimes as little as two weeks, so you need to be ready to audition as soon as you make your application.

Almost all of the schools (including Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London Contemporary Dance School and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) have alternative venues in the UK and overseas where you can arrange to have your audition.