Associate Programme for Young Students (12+)

Held every Sunday in term time at ICTheatre Brighton

At ICTheatre we believe that age should not be a barrier to excellent professional performing arts training, so we are very excited to introduce ICTheatre Associates.

ICTheatre Associates is a training programme for young students aged 12+ by audition only. It consists of a session of intense training held weekly on a Sunday, designed to challenge the students, develop technique and, most importantly, build confidence.

As the only performing arts academy in Brighton with a direct through-line to full-time training, we are here to support our students in a nurturing environment and help them realise their ambitions.

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Led by industry professionals

ICTheatre Associates is led by actor, choreographer and director David Page. David has enjoyed a career only most can dream of having played Tony Manero in Saturday Night Fever in the original London Palladium production and UK Tour as well as Billy Flynn and Fred Casely in Chicago in the West End.

His musical collaborations include Coldplay, Rihanna, Jay-Z, One Direction, Barbara Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, and Damon Albarn (from Blur and Gorillaz).

Each day of training is devised and planned by David. The tutors for the programme include faculty from ICTheatre, plus industry professionals from the world of entertainment and specialists from musical theatre, dance, TV and theatre.

David acts as a mentor to our students as well as leading and overseeing the program and classes. He is very experienced in working with young performers, many of whom have gone on to enormous success.


Led by West End star David Page

Performances at the end of every term

Agent opportunities

3 hours every week on a Sunday

Amazing facilities

Audition entry

Direct throughline to full-time training

What you’ll learn

There will be many subject areas covered week by week at ICTheatre Associates.

Across the course we’ll look at;

  • Vocal and Dance techniques
  • Acting training (cover monologue slam and accent coaching)
  • Self-tape preparation
  • Audition practices

There will also be Masterclasses from industry professionals who will offer invaluable career advice.

Where you’ll learn

ICTheatre Associates will run out of ICTheatre’s main degree campus known as Bird Studios (formally Circle Studios) in Portslade. Here we have large studios, a motion capture suite and an in-house theatre.

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What sort of shows will associates do?

At the end of each term, Associates will put on performances that range from supporting west-end stars, recording a Christmas single and performing to the public.

At the end of term 1, our Associates will support a host of top west-end stars, singing for a charity. The Associates will have the opportunity to record a Christmas single.

Term 2’s performance will be a collection of musical theatre repertoire, led by industry professionals. This will be performed in our in-house theatre, open to family and friends, along with a theatrical agent, and casting director. It will be followed by feedback, advice and a Q&A.

The year will culminate in a full-scale production, starring of course the ICTheatre Associates! Tickets will be open to the general public.

Student Testimonials

David has been the most influential and helpful teacher I could have hoped for when starting out in this industry, his dynamic and insightful skills brought out the best in me from the first class I had
Leo - (Willie Lopez) GHOST The Musical

From Lyric Hammersmith, to getting my worldwide debut on an Oscar-penned film due this year, nothing is impossible!
Kim - Netflix

How to join

Entry to ICTheatre Associates is by audition or invitation only.

Auditions are a fun workshop day where all auditionees attending will work with our creative team. The audition/workshop is totally free of charge to everyone who has been invited.

Visit our apply page at the button below to complete an application form



The year consists of 3 terms of 10 weeks each.

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Each week in term time, the program will run for 3 hours on a Sunday.

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There is no such thing as an average week, but topics covered will include:

▪ Vocal training
▪ Dance technique
▪ Acting workshops
▪ Industry advice
▪ Acro
▪ Show répertoire
▪ Accent coaching
▪ Self-tape preparation
▪ Body conditioning
▪ Guest masterclasses
▪ Monologue slam

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ICTheatre Associates runs for 3 hours on a Sunday during term time. The fees are £300 term, meaning that during a 10-week term, each intensive day of classes works out to just £30. Bursaries and payments plans are available.

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As part of ICTheatre’s commitment to Access and Participation, we offer a Participation Bursary for eligible applicants to cover the cost of attending our Academy. If you think you might be eligible for a free place, please read the below.

A Participation Bursary offered as part of our Access and Participation Plan, provides financial support to those living in low-income households, enabling participation in ICTheatre Associates by providing a full bursary to cover the course costs per term. This is a fantastic opportunity to get a taste of ICTheatre and to find out what it is like to study performing arts at ICTheatre.

The Participation bursary is for UK residents between the ages of 12 and 16 years with full consent from their parent and/or guardian.

You must also meet ONE of these criteria to be eligible;

Be in care or be a recent care leaver

Live in a household that receives income assessed benefits; (these include; free school meals, income support, income-related job seekers allowance, income-related employment and support allowance, carers allowance, universal credit, local authority housing benefit, council tax support)

Live in a household with an annual income of less than £25,000

Every applicant must provide evidence that demonstrates their eligibility. The Bursary cannot be awarded if supporting evidence is not provided. Participation Bursary places are limited and assessed at the deadline date. Late applications will not be considered.

If you believe you are eligible for future terms, please contact and an Access and Participation Coordinator will be in touch to assist you.

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You can give us a call on 01273 60333 or email us at or use the contact form on the apply page

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