academy of live and recorded arts

academy of live and recorded arts

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Education
  • Training / employment support

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


ALRA Mission Statement:

ALRA aims to equip actors and theatre technicians with those skills fundamental to a productive and creative life in the performance industries.

ALRA is dedicated to helping students of all backgrounds and ages to enter the world of live and recorded arts.

ALRA has a distinguished record of producing professionals prepared and ready to work and will continue to enhance that record in collaboration with the industry.

To achieve this we will:

  • Provide a specialist vocational drama education for students whose primary goal is to work in the entertainment industry
  • Expand & develop ALRA's links with the entertainment industry
  • Provide excellence in teaching, learning, student achievement and personal development


ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) was founded in 1979, by Sorrel Carson and Caryll Ziegler. It was the first drama school to offer a training which encompassed all media: Live Theatre, TV & Film and Radio. Although today we are not the only school to teach both acting for camera and acting for the theatre throughout the three year and the post graduate programmes, there remains a marked paucity in this style of training.

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