The Italia Conti Academy is Britain’s oldest established theatre arts training school. It grew out of the first production of the play that was to become a children’s classic, WHERE THE RAINBOW ENDS. Italia Conti, who was already an established actress with a growing reputation for her success with working with young people, was asked to take over the training of the juveniles in the cast.
The first season was a triumph and, at the end of the run, the young members of the cast begged their parents to let them continue tuition with Miss Conti. So the school was born, in basement studios in London’s Great Portland Street.
From these humble beginnings, and with Italia Conti’s pioneering training policy of providing an ‘all round training in singing, dancing and acting’, the Academy has perfected a curriculum of professional training that has benefited many of today’s household names.
The Italia Conti Academy has always recognised that the industry demands excellent standards of training in all areas. Its aims have always been to develop courses to fulfil these goals. The Academy’s reputation is renowned throughout the World, and the request for the training it offers outstretched the commuting practicalities of just a London based centre.
Demand resulted in the Academy opening part-time ASSOCIATE SCHOOLS throughout the country. The ITALIA CONTI ASSOCIATE SCHOOL NEWBURY was opened in 2006. Each Associate school is unique to its host community and we are delighted to use the excellent facilities of St.Bartholomew’s school Newbury, Berkshire to run our Saturday classes.
No audition is required as we wish to encourage participation in the arts for all abilities and classes are offered to pupils between 3 and 18 + years – whether it’s for recreation, physical and social development or a serious step towards a long-term career, the emphasis is on enjoyment
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