Breaking the mould in performing arts

Dare to be different. Join the ICTheatre Movement.

The Institute for Contemporary Theatre (ICTheatre) is at the vanguard of performing arts training. We bring more than acting, contemporary dance, and musical theatre training at degree and diploma level. Whatever your discipline, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from an eclectic range of extra-curricular modules and masterclasses, making your experience at ICTheatre as unique as you are. These can include circus skills, mime, burlesque dancing, parkour, stand-up comedy, and more.

To be successful in the industry, you must be industrious, imaginative, and take control of your own ideas. Entrepreneurialism is at the heart of everything we do, and we’re proud to train bold, brave, and brilliant performers who are breaking the mould in performing arts.

You’ll have regular access to industry advisory panels with casting agents, directors, and experts in film, TV, and music who will share their insights into the entertainment industry. Meeting with these panels means we stay up to date and reactive – as the industry evolves, so do we.

With unrivalled facilities at both ICTheatre Manchester and ICTheatre Brighton – including our very own in-house theatre – ICTheatre is where dreams become reality. Our partnerships with BIMM Institute and Screen and Film School provide even more opportunities to network and develop a wide range of skills across creative industries.

Whether you want to be on stage, develop your own productions, or make a name for yourself as an industry innovator, we’ll help you find your unique flavour and support your big, bold vision at every stage of development. Your success is our business.

Join the movement


Higher contact hours, smaller classes

Every ICTheatre Performing Arts Training Professional is the star of the show, and it’s important we’re able to give every individual the support and attention they need to thrive. Our smaller classes give you the space to nurture and develop your unique expression, and allow us to be dynamic and flexible in the extracurricular activities and masterclasses we can offer.

Our Performing Arts Degree and Extended Diploma courses are full-time, so you’ll always get the most out of your time here. You’ll also get special access to our studio space outside of your allocated contact hours, so there are no restrictions on your creative flow.

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Mental resilience training

The creative industry is notoriously challenging. It requires a resilient mindset, a big, bold vision, and a whole lot of gumption. We’ll develop you as a person and as a performer, with a focus on soft as well as hard skills.

You’ll have access to daily, bespoke sessions focusing on mindfulness, strategic intervention and meditation, and will leave ICTheatre with the toolkit you’ll need to not only survive but thrive in your chosen career.

Be part of a unique family

For us, mindfulness means being consciously aware of every element of your training experience. From the quality of your performing arts degree and diploma training to your career prospects to your health and wellbeing. We celebrate you as an individual, and you’ll be part of an environment that is welcoming and nurturing, as well as creatively vibrant. At ICTheatre, you’ll make friends and build connections for life.

Our unique program includes topics not generally seen on a performing arts training curriculum, including physical fitness, mindfulness and well-being, professional nutrition advice, regular meditation and life coaching.

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Any questions?

For questions on how you can be part of the ICTheatre movement, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 603 333 or email


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