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The Performing Arts department at Kendal College is widely respected throughout the country, with a strong record of propelling talented creative students into performance and creative careers. We make no excuse for having some of the highest success rates in the country and students who follow their dreams.

The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, LAMDA, The Royal Scottish Conservatoire, East 15, Leeds School of Dance, and LIPA are all home to some of our former students training to be Actors, Musical Theatre performers, Dancers, Directors and Theatre Creators. Many have also gone on to study BA Honours Degrees in other creative subjects such as journalism, creative writing and events management at top city universities including Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle. Areas like media production, film & TV studies and teaching can all be relevant to a pathway that starts with performing arts.

Performing arts students are given a thorough grounding in the core skills in acting and dance including voice, movement & singing through classes and workshops exploring for example Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Theatre for Young people, Commedia De’ll Arte, vocal technique, contemporary dance, jazz dance and group improvisation. The skills required for screen and audio work are introduced and developed.

I am a really practical person and didn’t want to study Dance and Drama sitting down in classrooms. I love the bond you get with your class mates; you are always working together with lots of different people, it’s just so nice

Evie Frost, Performing Arts Level 3

At secondary school I had a passion for acting and did a lot of shows and loved GCSE drama. I was looking for a place that specialised in acting and KC does that - it offers a wide range of experiences and opportunities inside and outside College

Greg O’Flynn, Performing Arts Level 3

This is a highly practical course where you will be taught by industry professionals through a series of performance projects from creating a full scale Scare Event for Halloween to an Evacuation Role Play Day for Primary Schools to full scale Musicals and Contemporary Dance performances. You will be stretched, challenged and supported to be as strong a performer as you can be with a view to progressing to Drama / Dance School, University or professional work.

Placements, Industry Workshops and trips to see West End Musicals and Live Theatre are also integral parts of the course.

Performing Arts utilise dedicated performance spaces, The Box and the new Wildman Street Studios – both of which boast top of the range technical facilities and industry standard equipment specially designed to host theatre and events.

If you have an identified learning need and feel you may require support at college, find out about our Learning Services and the support available at college.

Meet your tutor

Hilary Pezet, Head of Acting

I am fascinated by training young actors to find new ways to play characters and to access the truth of a role. Helping students apply the theory to their training is what makes a performance come alive and it’s always satisfying to see theoretical work applied in practice. The students inspire me to teach.

Meet your tutor

Glen Hamner, Performing & Production Arts Tutor

Glen lecturers in Performing & Production Arts, and studied Musical Theatre at Buckinghamshire New University after studying Performing Arts at Kendal College. He then worked in a wide variety of different styles of performance and production during his time in London and founded his own theatre company directing primarily musical theatre productions.

View our courses

Performing Arts
Full-time 2 Sept 2021 1 Year

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This course will introduce you to a wide range of theatre acting, dance and performance, and will provide opportunities for you to study at a higher level. You should have an active interest in the performing arts and be willing to work creatively as a member of a team. The programme draws together acting, dance and vocal skills through theatre-based projects and performances. A residential session, theatre visits and workshops are part of your course. You will be required to audition for this course.

This course aims to develop your skills in the performing arts for possible progression on to the Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts, Technical Theatre or Music.

Performing Arts
Full-time 3 Sept 2021 2 Years

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This is an exciting two-year course which aims to develop your performance skills in acting, dance and musical theatre. Throughout the year you will be able specialise in your preferred discipline or improve in all three 'triple threat' areas to a high standard. The course is highly practical with a focus on rehearsals and performance in all areas.

You will be taught by industry professionals who bring to your subject area their up to date knowledge and experience. The tutors are a dedicated team who will ensure you work in a professional environment that is inclusive and supportive allowing you to take risks in your own performance work.