Alumni News September 2023

We hope you had a great summer and managed to dodge the downpours and heatwaves and had time to take in some culture, relax and rest! 

Over July and August, our lovely home – Grange Court got some TLC – as some of the balcony masonry needed to be replaced. The scaffolding will be down soon – hopefully in time for our Open Days. If you know someone who’s thinking about applying to train with us please share the dates with them – listed below.

Some of our brilliant Alum have been productive over the last couple of months. You can read more about the latest productions and castings below. 

Lastly, but not at all least(ly), welcome to all of our new students! It’s a new academic year at DSL with new cohorts joining from across the globe on our BA, MA, MFA and more locally on our part time acting course too! We want to wish you a happy, rewarding and enlightening time and look forward to celebrating your work in future. 


Did you catch 2016 Graduates Emma Riches and Lisa Minichiello, Co-Artistic Directors of  Upper Hand Theatre Company when they staged ‘Colder Than Here’ by Laura Wade at The Jack Studio, Bromley in September – directed by Jenny Eastop.

Then we were delighted to hear that 2019 Alumni Nicola Hurst can currently be heard narrating the brand-new nature documentary ‘Islands‘, produced by BAFTA, Emmy and Academy Award winning production company, Wall to Wall Media. The series is currently being broadcast on Sky Nature, and all 6 episodes are available to watch on Now TV. 

In October, you can still catch DSL alumna Natalie Melton as she’s joined The Non-Recyclables comedy group at this year’s Clapham Fringe, performing at The Bread & Roses Theatre at 9pm on 2nd & 15th. Starting with a one-word suggestion from the audience, this long-form improvised show journeyed into a world of character comedy & storytelling, all completely improvised.

And four of the MFA 2023 graduates: Sophia Astrina, Emilia May Berkley, Patrick Eden and Zoé Manset, can be found at The Hope Theatre in October in Bordel Boudoir. We caught up with them for this interview to hear about life after graduation and how the show evolved from a degree project to its professional restaging. 

And finally, did you read Henry Hereford’s interview about his experience working on multiple film projects? Co-producing on “To Leslie” (Oscar nomination for Andrea Riseborough), acting in the feature film Luther: The Fallen Sun (which was #1 on Netflix for April) and shooting a national commercial for Amazon – all while teaching DSL students self-taping practice!


And finally, a new year means a new round of applications are about to begin. We open our doors and laptops to give prospective students the opportunity to get an insight into student life at Drama Studio London. There are two in-person events at Grove Road and one online in the next few weeks. You’ll find the full details here.

If you’re a DSL graduate, as always, please get in touch to share your news and we will do our best to give you a shout out on our socials. Email us via: