Birmingham School of Acting

Birmingham School of Acting (BSA),[1] previously known as Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art (BSSTDA) and then as Birmingham School of Speech and Drama (BSSD) was a drama school located in Birmingham, England. It was founded in 1936 by Pamela Chapman and became a faculty of Birmingham City University in 2005. In September 2006, it moved from Paradise Place to a purpose-built facility at Millennium Point in the city's Eastside area.[2] In 2008, it became a school of the university's Faculty of Performance, Media and English (PME), and in September 2017 it merged to become part of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.[3]

Birmingham School of Acting
Former names
Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art,
Birmingham School of Speech and Drama
TypeDrama school
AffiliationBirmingham City University
DirectorStephen Simms
CampusCity Centre Campus, Millennium Point
AffiliationsBirmingham City University, Drama UK

The school provided with a range of part-time, summer school and short courses for adults and children. The school was accredited by Drama UK and was a member of the Council of Drama Schools.[4]

Alumni of the school included Julian Sedgwick, Nicol Williamson, Tom Lister, Catherine Tyldesley, Rachel Bright, Barbara Keogh, Luke Mably, James Bradshaw, Stephen Laughton, Jeffrey Holland, David Holt, Anna Brewster, Jimi Mistry, Helen George, Ainsley Howard Nicholas Gledhill and Tania Hales-Richardson.


  1. Web site: "'BSA' to friends"
  2. "Birmingham State Of The Art Acting School". Press Releases. Birmingham School of Acting. 2006-10-19. Archived from the original on 2008-09-13. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  3. "Birmingham School of Acting merges with Birmingham Conservatoire". The Stage. 2017-03-01. Archived from the original on 2017-03-01. Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  4. "{title}". Archived from the original on 1997-10-14. Retrieved 2018-10-25.
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