History and Profile

Drama Centre London

Founded in 1963 by a visionary group of tutors and students, Drama Centre London offers an inspirational, passionate environment for those who are resolutely serious about acting and their careers.

An Advisory Council currently led by Christopher Honer, Artistic Director of the Library Theatre Manchester, guides the School’s distinctive approach. Since 1999 Drama Centre has been part of Central Saint Martins, a constituent College of the University of the Arts London and an internationally renowned institution, which offers the most diverse and comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in art, design and performance in the country. 

Drama Centre London's unflagging ambition is to empower its students wherever they come from and whatever their background, to enter with confidence the great world of classical performance in all its aspects. 

Its programme encompasses an unequalled breadth of repertoire ranging from Shakespeare and the Jacobeans through the best of French, German and Spanish dramatic literature to cutting-edge filmmaking.

At the same time the school’s easy access to central London theatres, locations and facilities ensures a vibrant, urban, modern atmosphere, reflected in the increasing emphasis being placed on new writing and screen work. This is evident in the orientation of the MA Screen, which offers postgraduate students a unique, integrated course focused on working in film, radio and television.

Drama Centre London seeks to develop individualistic, self-reliant, aware and accomplished entrants to the profession. Students are assured of the support and commitment not only of staff and fellow students, but also of the greater Drama Centre London ‘family’ including: 

  • The alumni network
  • The Friends of the Drama Centre which helps support students financially and;
  • A ‘mentoring’ scheme where final year students are paired with graduates from earlier years who explain the realities of the profession. 

Students also benefit from the input of a Careers Advisor who guides the intensive programme of preparation for the profession. In the advanced stages of their course, students are encouraged to undertake professional work whenever this is equivalent to coursework.

Drama Centre London is a member of Drama UK.