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The Bruiser Arts Academy 2023

The Bruiser Arts Academy, now well into its second decade, is an essential part of any young actor's training.  During the course, we focus on enhancing performance skills and professional development, equipping our students to perform at the best of their ability.  Serious stuff aside, it's a lot of fun too.  You'll work with Northern Ireland's best directors, musicians, and dancers to create a showcase performance to show the world what you're made of!

If you're passionate about performance and want an opportunity to hone your skills, we'd love you to audition for The Bruiser Arts Academy 2023 at The MAC, Belfast! 

Summer School

July 2023

Ages: 12 - 24 years
Cost: £275 (10-day course)
Dates: 17th - 27th July 2023
Location: The MAC, Belfast

This course is designed to inspire and challenge young actors, providing them with the building blocks required to further pursue their acting ambitions. The Bruiser team will be joined by a range of industry professionals to coach and guide participants, holding them to a high standard of practice and providing essential experience and insight into the working world.

Participants must audition to gain entry to the Summer School, and it is on this basis of ability and experience that they are offered a place. 


“I have absolutely adored my time with Bruiser and have gained so much more confidence in myself as an actor.” - Summer School Participant 


“This experience was absolutely fantastic. It helped improve my ability as a performer in so many ways…” - Summer School Participant


“I learnt to be confident, no matter what. I learnt that it’s ok to express myself. Felt very comfortable and accepted.” - Summer School Participant

Graduate Academy

August 2023

Ages: 18+ years
Cost: £350 (12-day course)
Dates: 7th - 19th August 2023
Location: The MAC, Belfast


The Bruiser Graduate Academy is an intensive 12-day training course for young adults with a passion for the performing arts, who are serious about their career.  You'll get heaps of individual attention from our expert directors, musicians, and choreographers to really hone your skills.  


You'll also get one-on-one monologue coaching from a local director, and advice from agents and casting directors on landing your first gigs. We offer workshops / industry talks throughout the course such as completing your tax return, audition technique and how Equity can support you to give you as much background and knowledge to help launch your career. We’ll even help with your headshots and CV!


The Graduate Academy is aimed at actors aged 18+ who are preparing for Drama School, are attending further education, have graduated or are professional actors wanting to enhance their skills.

The Graduate Academy will culminate in a showcase performance in front of a host of NI Theatre professionals - a fantastic chance to get spotted!


“These two weeks have really fired me upas an actor to keep learning my craft and challenging myself. We’re so lucky to have a theatre company like Bruiser here in Northern Ireland.”

- Graduate Academy Participant


“Definitely good value for money – I came home everyday exhausted! It was definitely tough … but it was a really good challenge! I’m thoroughly glad that I did it and I have an even greater appreciation for Bruiser’s style.” - Graduate Academy Participant


“This is a style I’ve never experienced before but always loved to watch on stage. It was challenging but also extremely enjoyable … it really pushed me as an actor.”

- Graduate Academy Participant

Level 1 & 2
Graduate Academy

The START Academy

July 2023

Ages: 12 - 16 years
Cost: £120 (7-day course)
Dates: 3rd - 8th July 2023
Location: The MAC, Belfast

This entry level course is designed for young people who love the idea of performing, but may not have had the chance to be on stage before. This course bridges the gap, fast-tracks the audition process and is aimed at confidence building through performance.

During the course, you'll explore Bruiser's unique physical style, voice and dance; all culminating in a showcase performance for your family and friends.

Please note that places are limited and will first be allocated to those without a background in theatre before considering other candidates. 



“My son attended the start academy last week, he has Aspergers but absolutely loves performing. He had a fantastic time and I was amazed on Sunday evening when I went to watch the showcase. The kids literally blew me away with what they achieved in a week and the guys running it were fantastic with the kids!” - Parent of START Academy Participant


“In just one week their performance skills have improved dramatically and this will no doubt help them with their GCSE work. To see them working so positively in a team and the pride they have in their performance – I am so impressed.” - Teacher of START Academy Participant


“(My favourite part was) making new friends – such amazing tutors. Felt very comfortable and accepted. Felt I could be myself.” - START Academy Participant

The START Academy
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