• Open Days and Outreach

    Open Days and Outreach

There are two ways in which you can experience firsthand what happens at the school.

Open Days

We run several Open Days each year to give potential students an opportunity to gain a real taste of life at the School.

The next Open Day will be held on Friday 28th February 2020. We will operate a free bus service on the day from/to Oxford. The bus will pick up in central Oxford at 9.30am and from Oxford Parkway Station at 9.45am.

The day will start at 10.15am with a welcome from the Executive Director, Liz Wilson. You will then have the opportunity to observe some classes and attend a Q&A session with the Principal, Edward Hicks, as well as meet some of our current students. The day will finish at 2.00pm and the bus will depart, dropping off at Oxford Parkway Station and Oxford city centre.

The Open Day runs alongside a normal school day and we therefore limit the number of available places to ensure it doesn't disrupt the training.

Please note that places are reserved for potential students only.

You will not receive automatic confirmation of your booking. Confirmation and further details about the day will be sent to you by e-mail by Wednesday 19 February.

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The Oxford School of Drama is committed to developing diversity in the arts and working proactively towards an increase in the range of actors training for the profession. The outreach work aims to increase access for all those who aspire to train at drama school and to ensure that the students training at The Oxford School of Drama are representative of our wider national communities.

The Outreach weekends will be held on:

Saturday 7 March and Sunday 8 March 2020 in OLDHAM  – (Coliseum Theatre)

Saturday 14 March and Sunday 15 March 2020 in WOLVERHAMPTON (Newhampton Arts Centre)

The Outreach weekends will consist of workshops in acting, voice, movement and audition techniques. The programme is open to anyone who is thinking about becoming a professional actor through drama training, who meets one or more of the criteria below, and is a UK resident, aged 18+. 

  • are from families with lower incomes (£25,000 household income or lower)
  • are from an ethnic minority background
  • have a declared disability

Please be aware that you would need to attend both days either in Oldham or Wolverhampton. It is absolutely free of charge to take part, but you would need to cover your own travel costs to get to the venue. The workshop will cover acting skills and techniques and what to expect at an audition. 

If you participate in the workshops in either Oldham or Wolverhampton, you will also receive a free audition place at one of the locations below, or here at the school. A contribution of up to £40 would be made towards your travel costs to attend an audition (receipts will be required). 

Saturday 28 March 2020 in STOKE (New Vic Theatre)

Saturday 18 April 2020 in WOLVERHAMPTON (Newhampton Arts Centre)

Saturday 25 April 2020 in LUTON (Hat Factory)

Saturday 2 May 2020 in OLDHAM (Library)

If you are not able to attend one of our Outreach weekends, but you are still interested in auditioning for the Oxford School of Drama, and you meet the eligibility criteria above, you will also be able to receive a free audition place, either at one of the above locations, or here at the school. 

If you meet the criteria for the Outreach programme and are able to attend both of the workshop days in either Wolverhampton or Oldham, or if you would like to attend an audition and wish to apply for a free place, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send you a form to complete.