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Background

1966: Drama Studio London was founded by actor/director Peter Layton who felt that, at the time, there were few schools reflecting the real demands of the profession. Consequently, he designed a radical one-year programme. The success of this course led to the expansion of the school and a move to our present home in Ealing
1980s: DSL’s reputation grew and opened a branch in Berkeley, California and launched our highly successful Summer School. The Berkeley branch (no longer operational) helped launch careers such as that of Forest Whitaker
1983: Launched a 1-Year Directing Course, admitting only a few students a year, which ran until 2009.
1994: Opened our multi-purpose studio theatre space, Grange Court Theatre
1995: Friends of Drama London Studio was founded under patron Dame Judi Dench Find Out More
2003: Peter Layton retired but continued to work closely with new Principal, Peter Craze
2008: DSL began the two-year programme designed and run by Chris Pickles
2010: Kit Thacker was appointed Managing Director. New spaces are acquired to accommodate the school’s expansion
2012: Chris Pickles becomes Principal
2014: A consortium of faculty and staff buy the school
DSL builds a fully equipped TV Studio and customised Sound Studio
Decision is made to take graduating productions into Central London venues
DSL introduces adult, evening part-time courses.
2016: DSL launched its first degree course - BA (Hons) in Professional Acting, validated by De Montfort University in Leicester
Through this constant evolution DSL’s commitment to vocational, professional training based on our three principles has remained steadfast

• Respect
• Endeavour
• Enthusiasm

You can find out more information about our faculty and staff by clicking here.

Alumni

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