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Acting Students

Cambridge Acting Academy course director: Helen Strange, ex-RADA senior tutor and director

Former students:
Tom Hiddleston, Jessie Buckley, Taron Edgerton, Ben Whishaw, Gemma Arterton, Phoebe Waller Bridge, Michael Sheen, Stephen Mangan, Hiran Abeysekara, Sophie Okenedo and James Norton

Our Acting Training

Part-time Foundation Acting Course

The Cambridge Acting Academy part time foundation course enables students to receive industry standard training outside London at an affordable price. The programme is ideal for anyone aged 18 and above wishing to prepare for drama school or university entry, or anyone who is passionate about drama who wants to
enjoy a 3-month drama experience.


Cambridge Acting Academy runs various workshops throughout the year from day and weekend workshops to short courses. Personalised workshops and training days in acting, voice and Shakespeare can be offered to schools and universities.
This year we will be running a weekend audition workshop and an online monologue course to help students build up a repertoire of possible audition speeches.

Private Classes

Individual or Small Groups. Online or In Person. London or Cambridge. If you want help with your acting, voice, or verse speaking - you are preparing to audition and want to learn how to approach a speech -you lack confidence speaking Shakespeare – you want to do LAMDA exams – or you have an interview – book a class.


Cambridge Acting Academy

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Helen Strange founded Cambridge Acting Academy in 2019 in order to offer professional, industry level acting training in her home town of Cambridge. Helen was Head of Classical Text at RADA for many years and was a senior voice and acting tutor and project director from 1986-2013. She is passionate about making the arts accessible to all and alongside her professional and drama school work, she has run various youth and community theatres.


Her aim is to run affordable courses that enable students to fulfil their creative potential. Whether working with children, young people, or adults, professionals or amateurs, her work is focused on the individual and creating a sense of company. She believes strongly in teaching acting skills and extending theatrical knowledge, but equally important is the development of the imagination and the freedom to experiment.


As a specialist in voice and text, along with her physical theatre background, she believes in demonstrating the links between body, voice and the word. All the guest tutors are actors and practitioners who have been invited because of their complimentary contribution to the courses. Cambridge Acting Academy offers a supportive and stimulating, non competitive, challenging and fun training environment, to anyone who wants to act or find a creative outlet. Tap into your talent; build your self confidence; be inspired.

The studio space is in central Cambridge, 5 minutes from the train station. Performance spaces used in the past have included the ADC Theatre, and the Corpus Playroom.

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Past Students


"There is no way in hell I would have got into drama school without the Cambridge Acting Academy.  It was absolutely the best possible springboard."

"Helen’s knowledge and passion is inspirational. "

"For anyone looking to find a way to balance work with acting lessons or anyone preparing for auditions, I couldn’t recommend this course enough."

" An amazing 10 weeks"

- Former Foundation Course students


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