Although there is no requirement for an Actor to have a degree to work in the theatre industry, many Actors will train at drama school or university to gain a degree. Take a look at blog Drama school vs university as well to further your research.
Here are a few examples of Performers who do not have a degree and are currently working as Performers in the theatre.
Natasha J Barnes - Stepped in for Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl and has since gone on to star in other West End shows and has released a new single too. At the age of 18, she attended an open audition for a West End show and got a part.
John Boyega - Most recently performed on stage in Woyzeck at London’s The Old Vic, but better known for his starring role in Star Wars. Boyega trained at Identity School of Acting, a school which offers part-time training for diverse actors in London.
Letitia Wright - Also trained at Identity School of Acting and starred in The Convert at The Young Vic, she is well known for her starring role in Black Panther.
Douglas Booth - Well known for his roles in film and TV, he has also performed at The Old Vic and Trafalgar Studios. Booth first got a taste of acting while at school when he performed in his school play and went on to join the National Youth Theatre as a teenager before being signed with the agency Curtis Brown.
If you want extra training but not sure if a degree is right for you, there are plenty of opportunities for you to train as a Performer without having to commit to a three-year degree, which is also costly. Take a look through our extensive list of training and outreach programmes available across the UK where you can find courses and workshops to perfect your skills as a Performer.
Published: 04 March 2019