About Guildford School of Acting
Part of the University of Surrey, Guildford School of Acting (GSA) is one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK and arguably the foremost musical theatre school in the world.
As part of the University of Surrey’s School of Arts, GSA provides conservatoire-style training within a university environment. As a GSA student you will receive all the benefits of being part of one of the top universities in the country while training in our purpose-built studios.
We attract talented students from all over the world, many of whom go on to achieve success in theatre, film and television. Our very distinguished alumni include performers such as Brenda Blethyn OBE, Michael Ball OBE, Bill Nighy, Celia Imrie, and Justin Fletcher MBE.
GSA began life in 1935 when Bice Bellairs and Pauline Grant founded the Grant Bellairs School of Dance and Drama in West London.
There have been many changes at GSA since then, but the objective of the school is the same: We remain a vocational school for the performing arts, which combines industry level practice with academic rigour and cutting-edge practice-as-research. We train actors and directors (for stage, film and TV), musical theatre performers, stage managers, designers and technicians. Our association with the University means that we can continue to develop our world-class teaching and learning within a secure and beautiful environment and with the very best facilities.
GSA is a member of Drama UK, the Royal Television Society, ABTT, Stage Management Association and the Theatrical Managers’ Association.
Guildford is a major centre of learning, home to the GSA and the University of Surrey, as well as Guildford School of Law, Guildford College, several distinguished schools. It also boasts the renowned Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which originates many productions for the West End stage.