Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is the University of London's specialist drama college.  As well as providing internationally renowned training for the performance professions, Central also delivers innovative specialist research.  This research has two distinctive features - it is mainly practice-led and it is very often developed in close partnership with industry.  This particular distinctiveness adds significant value to the European H2020, Creative Europe and structural fund agendas.  With over 60 academic staff, together with visiting artists and lecturers, Central has the largest grouping of drama/theatre/performance specialists in the UK, and is a hub for the theatre and performance industries.  The wide range of staff research activity and international work includes community cohesion, place and wellbeing, arts and health, citizenship, equality and diversity, training and development for young people, performing arts networks and fellowship collaborations.

Courses include acting, applied theatre, movement, musical theatre, drama & movement therapy, theatre & live performance, puppetry, scenography, actor & teacher training, voice, technical arts & production, and writing for stage & broadcast media.  

Central is The Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE’s) only designated Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre.



London Higher Europe Contact:

Daniel Hetherington, Head of Research Services
+44 (0)207 449 1572


Shared Space- Music, Weather, Politics - Spacelab

SpaceLab is the education component of the EU’s (Culture Strand) SharedSpace Project consisting of 11 EU partners (and beyond) involving workshops, student performances, installations, and international collaborations taking place 2013 – 2016 in several European countries. Jessica Bowles (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s M.A. Course Leader in Creative Producing) heads the SpaceLab component, working closely with Henny Dorr of the HKU Theatre Faculty Utrecht and PetrProkop of the DAMU, Prague with Serge von Arx of the Norwegian Theatre Academy, James McKernan of York University (CA), Shane Kelly of De Paul University (USA) and Guy Gutman of The School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem. For 2015 this group of academics will be working with a team of student curators to plan and produce a programme of workshops and performances. The main goal of the project is to initiate the international experiential interaction and personal exchange between theatre and visual academies, and...

Performing Places

The Performing Places website was created to disseminate innovative and practical performing arts interventions arising from an AHRC funded research project funded called ‘Challenging Place’ (Title abbreviated from AH/I000364/1).  Challenging Place asked whether performance-related practices could ease or enhance personal feelings about local place. In an age of unwelcome rootedness as well as extensive movement and dislocation, it was found that such active engagement can make a difference to people’s lives. From 2011 to 2014, Professor Sally Mackey (Applied Theatre) from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, led a co-investigative team with Aberystwyth University (Margaret Ames and Professor Mike Pearson) to work with three community arts organisations: Cyrff Ystwyth, Aberystwyth, is a disabled and non-disabled performance company. With some members being longstanding, this project enabled a reconsideration of their local heritage and rurality to produce a new site-responsive performance to place and environment. Here, performance was used...