“I think it’s an incredible training that prepares you for absolutely anything the profession (and life) has to throw at you! It gave me resilience and made me value grit. It’s fully immersive; it demands your heart and soul and so does the life of an actor.” Cassie Bradley, Graduate of the Three Year Acting Course, 2013

A Day In The Life

It can be quite hard to picture what life might be like at drama school and whether a particular school is right for you. If you audition here you will spend at least half a day at the school and hopefully this will give you a picture of day-to-day life. The following film, blogs and interviews with past students will also give you a sense of life at OSD.  Also look at the Student Stories under Students and Graduates.

Hannah Lewis attended our Six Month Foundation Course from September 2016 to March 2017. She wrote this blog about her time at the school. Here are some of her comments about her time with us:

“This week marks the end of the best six months of my life so far. … It’s been a life-changing experience.”

“I love OSD because they don’t have a ‘type’ of actor – they embrace everybody’s individuality and we were encouraged to work with what we had already, rather than ‘reinventing’ ourselves.”

“We worked long hours, sometimes staying quite late for additional rehearsals. Our tutors were inspiring, the work was ‘thrilling’, and I left more observant, open minded, and determined.”

Maimuna Memon is a graduate of our Three Year Acting Course. She is an actor and singer-songwriter. Recent roles include Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and in David Bowie’s Lazarus at Kings Cross Theatre. Maimuna has written the music and stars in Wildcard Theatre’s Electrolyte by OSD grad James Meteyard. The production won glowing reviews at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and an LET Award. This is an interview she did with Spotlight about her time at drama school.

Here are some of her comments about being on our Three Year Acting Course:

“The Oxford School of Drama is a small school, there are only about eighteen students per year group and so the training is very concentrated and personal. It means that the tutors have very individual relationships with you, and the training itself is quite intense (in a good way), and brilliantly challenging. It also means that the school itself is like one big family.”

“The biggest thing Oxford instilled in me, and for which I will be always grateful, is humility, a strong work ethic and drive. They give you the tools to create your own work, to find work, to write to people, to be prepared and to always be grateful for the opportunities you are given.”


Hayley Wareham is a graduate of our One Year Acting Course. She is an actor and writer. As an actor Hayley’s most recent role was in Cardboard Citizen’s acclaimed adaptation of Cathy Come Home.

Hayley Wareham stands out as her resourceful but increasingly frustrated teenage daughter.” **** THE STAGE.

Hayley’s first script for the BBC,

 #WhatKatyDid has just been recorded. This is a blog she wrote for the BBC’s Writers Room about her journey in the industry.

“I’ll start at the beginning. Ish. This being in a crazy, brilliant little place in the Oxfordshire countryside (aka The Oxford School of Drama) where I trained as an actor. I love acting and still juggle it alongside writing but upon graduating I realised my desire was to tell stories, and that didn’t necessarily mean I had to be the one saying them out loud.”