Reading Studio

Free, full-time performing arts courses for ages 16+

Reading Studio of Dramatic Art is an employment-focused theatre studio for talented, emerging performance artists in the South East and beyond.

As a partnership between Reading Rep and Reading College, Reading Studio of Dramatic Art offers a unique approach to theatrical training that combines expertise in teaching and learning with the skills and experience of leading performance industry professionals.

Students on our vocational courses gain well-recognised qualifications and the invaluable experience of working and training within a professional theatre company environment. Our rigorous programmes and high professional standards mean students have the best possible platform for progression into higher education, or directly into employment in the performance industry.

Find out how you can kick start your career in the performing arts with us.

Reading Studio is a cultural hub.

It is:

  • the home of Reading’s professional producing theatre: Reading Rep
  • a pioneering vocational training programme for performing artists in the South East
  • a provider of inspiring educational workshops and transformative outreach programmes

“Many young graduates struggle to gain the practical experience necessary to work in the theatre profession. It’s fantastic to see a programme where young people have the opportunity to train alongside a professional company – it is sure to help when it comes to finding a job or getting into drama school.”

Hedda Beeby, Artistic & Executive Director, Watermill Theatre

“This is an amazing opportunity for young people to train alongside a professional company. There is nothing quite like this anywhere else in the country and it’s the perfect platform to begin a career in the performing arts.”

Alan Stacey, Managing Director, Young Vic Productions


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