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About Us

A Brief History of The Birmingham Theatre School

The school was founded by Sir Barry Jackson in the theatre that he built, namely the Old Rep Theatre, which was also the first Repertory Theatre in the world.

In 1942 Sir Barry Jackson appointed Mary Richards, whom he had previously worked with as an actress to take over as principal of the drama school, establishing a new era in theatre training.

In 1990 Chris Rozanski was appointed principal and has continued the legacy of training that Sir Barry Jackson founded. Today The Birmingham Theatre School has returned back to its former roots with quality production and accessibility at the centre of its philosophy.

With over 250 students on a variety of full and part time courses the schools portfolio of courses has something to offer anyone considering professional theatre training.

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