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Our role is to establish the foundations and rigors of actor training whilst challenging and supporting our students, providing opportunities to progress into further training or into a professional rehearsal room. The course is focused towards giving our students the skills to forge a sustainable pathway or career in the arts.

We nurture collaborative, considerate and thinking actors and instill a level of professionalism in our students from day one. The very nature of such vocational learning allows for playing, exploring and taking risks whilst being immersed in the culture of the rehearsal room in a supportive environment.

At a Glance

Class Size: Maximum of 20

Term Dates: September – July

Contact Hours: 25 – 40 per week (full-time)

Delivery Days: Monday – Friday

Course Duration: 39 contact weeks (over 46 weeks)

Performance Opportunities: Minimum of 9

Equity Membership: Yes

Spotlight Membership: Yes

Qualification: Project A Diploma

Awarding Body: Newcastle Theatre Royal

Over 90% of our graduates go on to work professionally, gain agent representation or a place at Drama School within 6 months of graduation.

We work with an ensemble focus to ensure that our students are supported as artists, collaborators and makers. We encourage taking ownership of individual, creative development as an actor, helping our students to carve their own process by exposing them to diverse approaches to creating character and work. There is no one size fits all approach to becoming an actor and so we support our students by providing a broad training in traditional and modern day practice, voice and movement.

Attendance and punctuality across the course is compulsory.


What our Graduates Say

To date, 120 actors have left Project A with a further 19 expected to graduate in July 2024.

Wolf MacGillivray
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Sophie Jane Butler
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Past Productions

Project A is currently in it’s 10th year and will be presenting How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found by Fin Kennedy in July 2024.

Newcastle Theatre Royal have produced 10 further Project A productions since the programme began in 2015, including:


by Mike Bartlett
production image from young showing a young, angry man, pointing at someone out of shot.


by Jim Cartwright
Production image from Herons shows a young boy sitting on a bench, intimidated by two other boys, one clutching a beer bottle.


by Simon Stephens
Production image from Bluebird shows a young woman in an orange boiler suit sit next to a male taxi driver.


by Simon Stephens
A production image from Fear and Misery of the Third Reich showing a barrister and clerk in conversation in judges chambers.

Fear and Misery of the Third Reich

by Bertolt Brecht

Love and Information

by Caryl Churchill

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan


by Laura Lindow, Fiona Evans, Paddy Campbell, Lee Mattinson & Tracey Whitwell

Manifesto for a New City

by Julia Darling