The Arts Academy

The 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 and 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 join us for The Arts Academy 2022!  If you'd like to get an email when we open auditions, click the button below!

We run a few different Arts Academy Programmes - have a look below to find the best one for you.  If you're not sure which one to sign up to, come along for an audition and we'll help you find the right course.

Summer Schools

July 2022

The Arts Academy Summer Schools are intensive 10-day professional training courses for young people with a passion for the performing arts.  With a maximum of 20 places per course, you'll get heaps of individual attention from our expert directors, musicians, and choreographers to help you really hone your skills.  

To gain entry to the Summer Schools students must audition, and it is on this basis of ability and experience that they are offered a place in the summer school. Age restrictions are therefore flexible but as a rough guideline Level 1 is normally aimed at students who are 14+ years at the GCSE/AS stage of their education.  Level 2 is a more advanced programme for students who are taking A Levels or equivalent courses or have completed their A-levels.

Graduate Academy

August 2021

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.  With a maximum of 15 places per course, 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 leading NI 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, harassment in the workplace, audition technique, how Equity can support you, etc, to give you as much background and knowledge to help launch your career. We’ll even do your headshots and help reformat your CV. 


The Graduate Academy is aimed at actors aged 18+ who are preparing for Drama School, are attending further education, have graduated or are semi/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!


The START Academy

July 2022

This new entry level course is designed for young people who love the idea of performing, but might not have had the chance to be on stage before.  If you're aged 12 + and want the opportunity to learn some top-class performance skills, then The START Academy is for you!

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.  We're asking that students are referred to us by their teachers, at school or drama clubs, so that the students with the most potential can join us for this course!

If you're a teacher who knows a pupil who would be perfect for this programme, please get in touch too! Done!