We are the North-East’s Original Performing Arts Conservatoire

We provide intensive and dynamic training for those dreaming of a career in the highly demanding and constantly evolving performing arts industry.

On completion of our three-year course, our graduates are expected to enter the industry and begin their performance careers.

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Students at our Full-Time College can expect to study the following:

Years 1 & 2: Skills Development

Students train in the three major disciplines, honing their technical skills in all subjects, receiving tuition from industry specialists.

Practical Training:

Vocal Technique, Acting, Improvisation and Devising, Acting Through Song, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Movement Studies, Musical Theatre Repertoire.

Contextual Studies:

Pilates, Body Conditioning, Theatre Studies, Personal and Professional Development including Health, Nutrition, Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Year 3: SA Professional Performance

Students continue their technical training and contextual studies but focus on key public performance opportunities, in the style of “Rep Theatre”

Year 3 SA Professionals work with a host of industry Guest Tutors, Directors, and Choreographers, utilising their skills by completing a minimum of four performances during the year. Each performance is varied by style, venue or genre and culminates in a graduation show.

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LUCY SAGE – Principal, Acting faculty

GINA KING – Course Director, Dance faculty

SARAH HAMILTON – Director of Education, Dance faculty

LOU COEL – Youth Academy Director, Head of SA Castings, Singing faculty

SAMANTHA GREENER – Dance faculty

JAMES HEDGES – Singing faculty

LAURA KELLY – Dance faculty, IDTA

JOSIE LUCAS – Dance faculty, Pilates

STEVE MORTON – Singing faculty, Estil

VAL POPE – Theatre Studies

SUZANNE RICHARDSON – Singing faculty

ALEX TAHNÉE – Acting faculty

HANNAH GORDON – Administration

JOANNE GREENHALGH – Physiotherapist


Students have regular workshops with professionals from all areas of the industry. Recent guests have included: Charlie Martin, Jordan Lee Davies, Emma Harold, Tabitha Watson, Glen Johnson, Emil Franchi, Katie Brace, Ali Pritchard, Lee Proud, Zac Hamilton, Sonny Grieveson, Marc Akinfolarin, Charles Doherty, Mark Hedges, Aimee Kelly, Sam Lupton, Annie Guy, Katy Weir, Kris Manuel, Carrie Grant, Patrick Hurley, and Ian Waller.


SA Full-Time College is an independent conservatoire which means that students are required to pay fees for their tuition. The cost of training is very competitive compared to London drama schools and means that most of our students graduate free from student-debt. There are funding options and scholarships available, as outlined below. A full-fee breakdown is available on request by emailing sarah@saperformingarts.co.uk

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In addition to professional performing arts training, all students receive the following at no extra cost:

  • Private Singing classes
  • Expert screening programme with a physiotherapist. Initial anatomy screening followed by regular access and free support service
  • Professional headshot
  • Annual theatre trips
  • Scripts and music for practical performances
  • IDTA and/or Trinity teacher training
  • Examination fees for Trinity Performance Arts Diploma
  • Use of the Centre’s comprehensive library facilities
  • SA Hooded sweatshirt
  • Access to any company class (post-graduation)

Course fees do not include:

  • IDTA (all grades) and Trinity teaching diploma examination fees
  • Additional expenses associated with medical consultants, physiotherapy etc. outside of the initial screening clinic
  • Additional trips/activities
  • Books/scripts/music required for self-study if not available in the Centre’s library

Partially funded Pathway

(student is aged 16-18 at course commencement)

For students aged 16-18, who have not yet studied an equivalent Level 3 programme (i.e. A-Levels), students can access up to £4,000 Local Educational Authority funding spread across their 3 years of study. These students will gain a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, in Performing Arts Practice, in association with SCL Creative, and will then continue their programme of study to achieve a Trinity College London ATCL in Performance (Level 4). Students all graduate with an SA Performing Arts Diploma after completion of their third year.

Self-funded Pathway

(student is aged 18+ at course commencement)

For students aged 18 and over, we can assist and give guidance regarding funding options such as charitable bursaries and scholarships. All students are eligible to apply for an SA Scholarship and fees can be paid in manageable instalments in agreement with the Principal. Students on this pathway will study Trinity College London ATCL in Performance (Level 4) with options to study LTCL (Level 6) , graduating with an SA Performing Arts Diploma after completion of their third year, as well as optional Teaching Qualifications with the ITDA and Trinity College London.

Funding should never be a barrier to realising talent, so please contact us to discuss payment plans.


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Brit - We will Rock you, Royal Caribbean

Miss Saigon, Sheffield Crucible

Pretty Woman, UK tour


Heathers, West End

Linda - Blood Brothers, UK Tour

Penny - Hairspray, Royal Caribbean


Assistant Choreographer - Strictly Come Dancing (BBC), Bridgerton (Netflix) The Crown (Netflix), The Voice (ITV)



The Morning Show, Luv.107.1

Fast and Furious Live European arena tour, BRIT Awards, Lair, Studio Canal


"Training is training... you get out what you put in. You’re not going to be getting any different training in London than you are at SA Performing Arts, it’s just going to cost you five times as much’

- Andrew Davison

DIRECTORY OF SA GRADUATES, click for further details including Spotlight links and Show reels








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As a smaller college, we pride ourselves on the personal and individualised nature of our tuition. We encourage any prospective student or parent to get in touch and we’d be happy to welcome you to our purpose-built studios or answer any questions.

get to know us:

OPEN DAYS we recommend all prospective students visit our studios for an open day. To check current availability and book a visit please contact sarah@saperformingarts.co.uk

SHOWS attending one of our public performances will allow you to see current students in action.

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