Actor's Institute 

Our professional Actor training programme is delivered by the Actors' Institute and offers a foundation course in acting, stage combat training, masterclasses, evening classes and short courses.

All classes are delivered by experienced practitioners and industry professionals, who provide students with the highest standard of training.

"When I was growing up in Swindon, I came through the traditional drama route, which is great, but the Shoebox Theatre gives young actors alternative ways of developing skills, which is really, really exciting!"

Billie Piper, Patron of the Shoebox Theatre

Drama classes for ages 4-11

Our weekly drama classes at the Shoebox Theatre are designed to support your child in their creative development. We introduce children to interesting stories, characters and text in an imaginative and fun way. As well as developing their performance skills, students will learn to work with others, build confidence and improve their communication skills.

Acting courses for beginners 18+

These classes are open to everyone (aged 18+), no matter what your level of experience. The courses aim to introduce you to the core performance skills required to get you started 

"I cannot recommend the beginner courses enough! As a reasonably shy individual who really lacks confidence when faced with performing and presenting, the course has helped me to find my voice."

Corporate training

Our training for business helps individuals and teams become more confident and compelling communicators.


Drawing on our specialisms in acting and theatre we offer practical training in a rehearsal studio setting or at your business premises, allowing you to practice in a safe environment under the direction of our experienced facilitators.


Stage combat


Foundation in Acting


Actor's Workout