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“The tutors really knew us as people and performers and could then really
understand what we needed and how and when we needed it. Also, the approach is
fundamental to marking the school out from others. There is an absolute requirement for
honesty and truth and a requirement to understand what that means and needs.”

Peter Stickney, Graduate of the Three Year Acting Course, 2004

Who We Are

The Oxford School of Drama (OSD) is one of the UK’s leading acting conservatoires.

We believe in developing craft within the actor to make wider change. Our aim is for the work we create to be ethically informed and for each actor artisan we train to make a deep impact on the arts and audiences.

Being one of the smallest drama schools we are able to respond to and support our students’ individual needs. Students will not have a bland institutional experience here –OSD is defined by the spirit of the people. We are a collection of staff, tutors and associate artists, passionate about encouraging individual growth and exploring multiple ways of telling stories.

The School is based in a stunning set of old farm buildings converted into a collection of beautifully designed inside and outside spaces created using all natural materials. It is made up of studio and theatre spaces within its own gardens surrounded on all sides with views of the Oxfordshire countryside. The spirit of the location allows for a kind of magical connection to the work – and to each other in ensemble.

Our courses are accredited by Trinity College, London and we are recognised by industry around the world and boast successful alumni including writers, directors, filmmakers and actors.

Although based in the Oxfordshire countryside we have very strong connections with London theatres and leading directors, casting directors and agents. Students perform regularly in London at Southwark Playhouse, Park Theatre and Soho Theatre. We offer students a compelling combination of focused immersion in the training with the hustle and bustle of Oxford city student life along with all the industry connections London has to offer.

Meet the Tutors

Hear our Principal, Ed Hicks, talk about screen training at The Oxford School of Drama.

Meet Ashley Howard, Senior Voice Tutor.

1986George Peck starts the School in Oxford
1987The School moves to its current site at Sansomes Farm Studios
1995Accredited by the National Council for Drama Training
2004Picked by the BBC as one of the top five drama schools in the UK
2005Deemed ’outstanding’ by Adult Learning Inspectorate and awarded Grade 1
2006Presented with ‘Beacon Status’ by the Minister for Further and Higher Education. Studio         
             Theatre designed by Roger Stretton of architects Berman Guedes Stretton is shortlisted for   
             RIBA Ibstock Downland Prize
2008Deemed ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted and awarded Grade 1
2009Quality of One Year and Three Year courses rated ‘exemplary’ by Trinity College London
2011Deemed ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted and awarded Grade 1
2013Rated one of Rated one of the Top 5 Best Acting Schools in the World. Quality of One Year and
             Three Year Courses rated ‘exemplary’ by Trinity College London
2015Deemed ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted
2019Founding Principal George Peck retires. Ed Hicks starts as Principal