Diploma in Musical Theatre

The three-year, full-time Musical Theatre Diploma at Laine Theatre Arts offers an exciting, fast-paced training, in which students are nurtured to become creative, generous, and highly disciplined performers. Graduating students are industry-ready; they are not only outstanding performers but responsive and collaborative young professionals who are able to navigate the challenges of our rapidly evolving industry with flexibility, resilience and integrity.

The Diploma course, which is validated by Trinity College London and accredited by the CDMT, combines a high number of contact hours with frequent performance opportunities.

Sally has directed and taught at many colleges in the UK, also at Summer Schools and workshops in both Musical Theatre and Tap. She has a full and varied career as a performer and recorded her first EP in 2012. “Musical Theatre has always been my passion and to be able to impart, is a joy. As Head of Musical Theatre and Vice Principal, I never cease to be amazed by the students. They inspire me daily with their energy, enthusiasm, and focus. I feel blessed to have had the endless support of friends and family throughout my career. 

As an arranger and musical director Craig has worked on numerous concerts/musicals and albums. Some include: Kerry Ellis (Self-titled new album); No Space for Air & Rush of Life (Julie Atherton); The Franks; Lift – Original Concept Album; Therese Raquin – Original Cast Album. He is currently working on a commission for Theatre Royal Stratford East called ‘Sinking Water’, a new chamber musical about the life of Archibald MacIndoe – ‘The Guinea Pig Club’ with Andrew Doyle and ‘Shadowthief’, a piece of Dance Theatre for Children.

Funding is available, to eligible applicants, in the form of Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA).

DaDAs are income assessed scholarships funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

PLEASE NOTE: If you are successful at audition, and if you are eligible, you will automatically be considered for DaDA funding at Laine.

The amount of funding, as allocated to the College each year by the ESFA, does not cover all those that are eligible.  The criteria for DaDA allocation specifies that scholarships are awarded to the most talented applicants until funds are exhausted. It is for this reason that those eligible for DaDA funding are placed on a ‘talent list’, and from that list, scholarships will be awarded to the most talented.

Please follow this link for full details on the Dance and Drama Awards scheme.   Dance and Drama Awards: funding for students – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Entry is by audition and applicants are assessed on talent, character, and potential.

Click here to view Audition Requirements

Candidates need to be 16+ on or before the commencement of the course.
There are no academic requirements. Though it is preferable that candidates have achieved a pass in English and Maths at GCSE or the equivalent, this is not compulsory.

There are no vocational requirements.

It is beneficial for all concerned that candidates audition in person at the college, though remote auditions can be arranged under certain circumstances. Click here to learn more about remote auditions.

Ideal Applicants for the Musical Theatre Diploma are hardworking, self-disciplined, courageous individuals who show potential, have a huge passion for theatre and who strive to be the best they can be in all aspects of training for the industry. On audition, we assess the individual’s ability to be able to cope with the rigorous, broad range of training we deliver.