This BA (Hons) Acting degree for Stage & Screen has been designed by working industry professionals to ensure students develop the skills required when performing for stage and screen. Providing students with a drama school style experience outside of London. Students on this intensive acting course will receive 30 hours contact time a week to develop core skills in voice, characterisation and physicality. These skills will be utilised in performances for stage and screen, as well as working on contemporary and innovative performance practices. We aim for our graduates to become multi-faceted artists ready to enter the industry and with the skills to shape the future of the industry. The course is vocational focusing on students developing and creating their own practice as well as performance. Our Acting degree is professionally accredited and will allow graduates to gain Spotlight membership upon graduation.
Our exciting course focuses on a collaborative approach to acting, creating a drama school atmosphere for our degree students whom work with a range of creative programmes, including Costume, Film TV and Theatre production, Photography, Production Designand Model Making & VFX to produce brand new material created by film and theatre scriptwriters. Because of our joint approach students have the opportunity to gain valuable communication skills and to generate a dynamic and original body of work.

Performance students look at the core acting skills of voice, physicality and characterisation. Working on devised and scripted text for both stage and screen. You will be part of two full theatre productions each academic year to showcase the skills gained. This degree explores classical theatre, clowning and acting for media. Your three years of study will culminate in your final year enabling you to produce an extensive CV, professional standard show-reel, a full theatre production and a solo show at The ARC Theatre to agents and industry professionals. On this course we treat our students like actors in training, by working alongside guest lecturers and industry professionals from the theatre and film industries you will develop professional skills. As working actors we expect professional standards on all projects.

Students have recently performed in:
Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small
Ken Loach’s film ‘Sorry we missed you’
Channel 4’s Sparks Comedy
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Tangled Feet’s Production ‘Half Life’
BBC Tees Radio’s ‘Crossing the Tees’
National Youth Theatre
Durham Fringe Festival
Hartlepool Waterfront Festival

BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen

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This course offers students access to fantastic facilities and resources including:

A proscenium arch theatre
3 rehearsal studios with sprung floors
Double height TV studios with green and blue screen
Sound recording equipment


Jonny Bussell

Jonny Bussell
Faculty Leader - BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen Jonny studied Philosophy at Newcastle University and then went on to study MA Acting at Arts Educational Schools London. After graduating Jonny has worked as an actor and director predominately in the North East performing in productions such as ‘Revenger’s Tragedy’ and ‘The Duchess of Malfi’. Jonny recently directed ACE funded ‘Bankers’ at Alphabetti Theatre in Newcastle. The play looked at the links between the 2008 banking crisis and the rise of foodbank usage. As a writer Jonny’s first full length play ‘The Centre’ was produced at Arc in Stockton, his play ‘The Bag’ toured the North East and Scotland with Northumberland Theatre Company and his short plays have been performed at venues such as Live Theatre, The Cockpit Theatre and Theatre 503. He was the writer of ‘Just Checking’ and ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ two plays looking at OCD in conjunction with Vivid Theatre Company and Newcastle University that were performed at Northern Stage and Arc. Jonny is currently Programme Leader at The Northern School of Art for the BA Hons Acting for Stage and Screen. His research interests are collaborative practices and working with students from under-represented groups. Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, Jonny is currently studying for his PhD Equity, AFHEA.

Dr David Edwards

Dr David Edwards
Lecturer David read English at King’s College London before studying Acting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The ensemble training he received at the latter has informed his whole career from professional work to teaching. He has worked for the BBC, ITV and various national theatre companies and in 2006 he established Vivid Theatre. Vivid has produced over twenty-seven plays ranging from classical work, contemporary plays and new writing and they have regularly received Arts Council funding. David completed his MA in Writing, Directing and Performance at York University and is currently nearing completion of his PhD in ‘Psychophysical Performance and the Representation of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on the Stage’ at the same institution. David’s specialisms include his current research as well as contemporary performance and directing theories. He still acts and directs professionally as well as delivering workshops at both educational and corporate levels and clients have included the Royal Shakespeare Company, Headlong and a variety of external professional institutions. David has presented papers and work at a variety of theatre conferences from the Central European Drama Conference in Slovakia, the Milan Teatro Lita Festival and UK conferences including Birkbeck’s Theatres of Contagion and St Mary’s, London Mental Health and Theatre conference. He also recently presented a paper at the Canadian Association for Theatre Research CATR/ACRT-SQET Conference entitled Crisis and Recovery: Theatre & Performance Before and After the Global Pandemic. His current research includes mental health and performance and ensemble learning techniques. Qualifications: BA(Hons), MA, PhD, Equity

Jake Smith

Jake Smith
Lecturer Jake is an award-winning Director from the North East of England and a Lecturer at the Northern School of Art on the BA Acting for Stage and Screen and MA in Theatre Directing. Jake trained and worked with the National Theatre and has held positions as Artistic Director of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre, Resident Director at Chichester Festival Theatre and Creative Learning Facilitator at Hull Truck Theatre. He has a First-Class Degree in Drama and Theatre Practice from the University of Hull and an MA with Distinction in Producing for Film and Television from the University of Teesside. He was previously nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Director for the UK premier of Halley Feiffer’s, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. Directing Credits Include: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Bromley Theatre, Malvern Theatre and Tilted Wig, UK Tour, The Hound of the Baskervilles - Northern Stage, Hull Truck Theatre, Tron Theatre, Theatre Royal Wakefield & Tour, West End Girls - Live Theatre, A Christmas Carol - Chichester Festival Theatre, Little Women, Glory Dazed, Goodnight Mister Tom, It’s a Wonderful Life - East Riding Theatre, The Nutcracker Re-Miced – Durham Gala, MEEK – 7th Floor Productions - Live Stream, Steel and Iron – Teesside International Airport, Bard from the Barn Series 1 & 2 – Barn Theatre, The Buried Moon - The Rose Playhouse,Theatre Royal Winchester, The Tempest, As You Like It, Henry V, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Abyss - Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Brighton Open Air Theatre & Theatre Royal Winchester, Notre Dame, Gulliver's Travels The Musical - Alexandra Theatre. I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard, Andy Capp The Musical - Finborough Theatre, DISCOVERED, Arts Theatre & Hollywood Fringe LA. Associate, Resident and Assistant Director Credits Include: John Rando on Back to the Future The Musical, Manchester Opera House, Jonathan Kent - The Height of the Storm, UK Tour & Wyndhams Theatre, West End, Lorne Campbell - The Last Ship, Northern Stage & UK & Ireland Tour, Nikolai Foster - Breakfast at Tiffany's, Theatre Royal Haymarket, West End & UK Tour, Howard Davies - For Services Rendered, Minerva Theatre, Jamie Glover - Miss Julie & Black Comedy, Minerva Theatre, Nadia Fall - Way Upstream, Chichester Festival Theatre, Dale Rooks - One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Kent - GYPSY, Chichester Festival Theatre, Max Stafford-Clark - Pitcairn, Minerva Theatre and Jonathan Church - Stevie, Hampstead Theatre.

Katy Weir

Katy Weir
Lecturer Katy Weir is a director and facilitator based in the North East of England. She trained at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Dramaturgy and has been working in the industry since graduating in 2005. She has worked with companies across the country and beyond, including Northern Stage, Alphabetti Theatre, National Youth Theatre, and The Market Theatre Laboratory, Johannesburg. Freelance Directing credits include: ‘The Amazing Other’ (The Market Theatre Laboratory, Johannesburg), ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ (Regional Tour), ‘When the Boat Comes In: The Hungry Years’ (The Customs House, South Shields); ‘Floorboards’ (ODDMANOUT/The Worriers); ‘Harper Regan’ (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire); ‘Anywhere’ (Darlington Hippodrome/ODDMANOUT); ‘Encountering the Other’ (The Market Theatre Laboratory, Johannesburg/ODDMANOUT ); ‘Star Chasers’ (Barnstorm Theatre, Ireland); ‘From there to you… (Northern Stage/ODDMANOUT); and ‘When the Boat Comes In’ (The Customs House, South Shields). Internationally, Katy Was recipient of the British Council 'Connect ZA' award and also selected as one of ASSITEJ's Next Generation of Theatre Makers for Theatre For Young Audiences on a World platform. Katy is also an assistant editor on Routledge’s International Theatre and Performance Journal.

Jonathan Youdale

Jonathan Youdale
Creative Technician Jonathan studied a BA Hons degree in Music Technology at The University of Huddersfield, before undertaking an MA in Music for the Moving Image at Leeds Beckett University. During this period, Jonathan has worked as an in-house Sound Engineer and producer at Peak Studios in Leeds – working with local artists and musicians on projects ranging from band recordings to audio books. In 2016 he began freelancing as a composer and audio producer, working with film directors and video game developers across the UK. In 2018, Jonathan collaborated on an Interactive Eco-Art sound-based project, that became installation at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. This project highlighted the detrimental impact that industry is having on nature. During his time as a freelancer he has worked on a wide range of projects such as scoring the award-winning Huddersfield documentary ‘Dispersing the Problem’, as well as Greenlit indie video game ‘Gunnhilation’ with Robo Pixel Games. Jonathan’s background in audio has brought him to The Northern School of Art in a Technician/Demonstrator role – With an aim to provide both theoretical and practical expertise in the field of sound and video. His research interests are focused towards promoting collaborative practice within the industry. Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA


The Northern School of Art is pleased to introduce our talented and skilled 2022 BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen graduates. Each student has gained a range of excellent experiences in many roles across film and theatre which you can read about by browsing their profiles, simply click on each headshot to discover more!






















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