The Sharpe Academy Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre & Acting is aimed at students aged 16-22 and is a 3 Year course. We also have a 1-Year Post Graduate option if you have already completed a degree and require one year of intensive dance training to build your dance skills before entering the profession.


  • Minimum Age: 16+ (Diploma)
  • Minimum Age: 20+ (Postgraduate)
  • Entry is by Audition only.
  • Students should be able to read and write to a GCSE standard or above.
  • Postgraduate students must have studied for a mimimum of 2 years on a Diploma or Degree course

Students do not require any formal qualifications to audition or be accepted onto our courses.

Places will be offered only to students who we feel can have a successful career as a musical theatre performer and/or professional actor. All students who wish to be considered for a place must attend an audition. To book a FREE audition please complete our online form. Once we receive your application you will be invited to one of our audition days.

If you would like to audition for Sharpe Academy please complete our online form.

Auditions are scheduled for:

  • January 2020
  • February 2020
  • April 2020
  • May 2020

  • What to Prepare
  • The Audition Day

Students should prepare the following for their audition:

One Musical Theatre Song
This should last no longer than 3 minutes and should show your vocal capabilities and range. Sheet music should be brought for our pianist to play. We will also have a speaker to connect to your music player or phone if you wish to use a backing track. Sheet music is preferred. Please note, you will be stopped exactly after 3 minutes so you may wish to start at an appropriate point in the song – the ideal place may not be the beginning.

One Acting Monologue
This can be from either the modern or classical era. It should last no longer than 3 minutes and you should use your own voice and no accents. This should be a performance in which you fully embrace the­ character. A printed copy of your monologue should be provided for the panel to follow as you perform the piece. If you are unsure how to select a monologue please contact our office and we will suggest some­ options.

The day will be split into:

Introduction by the Principal
Learn all about Sharpe Academy and the course itself. Parents are welcome to­ attend.

Ballet Class
Please wear appropriate Ballet gear or tight fitting clothes. This will show your posture and technique. Ballet shoes must be worn.

Drama Class
You will take part in a group workshop.

Jazz Class
Please wear dancewear that you can comfortably move in. You will be taught a short Commercial Jazz routine and will perform it in small groups.

Solo Presentation
You will present your prepared song and monologue to the panel and your fellow­ auditionees.

You may be asked to stay at the end of the day for an interview. This will be a chance for one of our senior directors to discover a little more about you and your future goals. Parents are welcome to attend. We will also discuss course costs and will answer any questions you may have. You­ will hear within 14 days of your interview if you have been offered/declined a place on the course or if you have been placed on our reserve list.