Training the actors, dancers, singers, performers, producers, and theatre-makers of the future

Believe in different.

We are The Arden, a drama school in Manchester training the performers of the future. We're part of UCEN Manchester, which is a network of creatives, all embarking on their own personal journey to becoming professionals.

If you dream of spending a career in the arts and are ready to dedicate yourself to turning that dream into a reality then you’ll be at home here. Whether you aspire to be a performer, theatre-maker, composer, or working behind the scenes then we’re dedicated to mastering your potential to enter your chosen profession.

You’ll work with teachers who are all established and, more importantly, still active, in the industry. From actors and theatre-makers, to musical directors, composers, and choreographers. We are experienced at getting the best out of you to achieve your goals.

As part of UCEN Manchester you'll become part of an eco-system of creatives, from film-makers and writers, to special effects, make-up artists, animators, and artists - all housed under one roof! You'll be able to collaborate and work on projects that you are passionate about and expand your pool of industry contacts.

You'll also benefit from our status as a Spotlight approved provider which signals to the industry that your training has met the highest industry standards. It’s hardly surprising that our students go on to achieve great success, from lead roles in hit TV dramas and soap operas to starring in West End productions.

Reasons to choose us

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