The Professional Development Programme Foundation Plus is a one-year course for students aged 18+ who have left full-time education.

With 20.75 hours of contact time per week, our small cohorts and incredible staff/student ratios enable a laser focus on the skills required to achieve drama school entry whilst enabling students to train without the additional costs and disruption of relocation.

Unlike a standard foundation course students benefit from being part of the PDP training theatre company and participate in two major productions during the year. Students successfully completing the PDP Foundation Plus course will receive an ATCL Diploma (Level 4) qualification in Musical Theatre or Performing Arts from Trinity College.

Put simply, this represents a fantastic opportunity to benefit from a training course and, simultaneously, join a training theatre company that emphasises student welfare and mindfulness—a combination not available anywhere else at this level.

LONDON COMES TO YOU
This unique combination of training, production, and enrichment activities can be offered here at BIGLITTLE without requiring students to relocate to London with the related upheaval and cost.

BIGLITTLE is proud to be well acknowledged by top London drama schools and theatre professionals meaning we can provide the highest quality of teachers and creatives. All our teachers have extensive industry experience as actors, directors/choreographers or musical directors, and many also work at top theatre schools in London and elsewhere, including ArtsEd, Mountview, LSMT, Emil Dale, GSA, PPA, RWCMD and others.

This programme gives you access to that level of training without leaving home!

Regular staff and recent guest teachers include;
Lucy Jane Adcock, Natasha J. Barnes*, Colin Billing [BIGLITTLE Principal], Michelle Blair, Albey Brookes [Foundation Plus Course Leader], Adam Jarrell, Jessica Fossey, Don Gallagher, Mark Goldthorp, Emily Goodenough, Llandyll Gove, Ryan Gover*, Adrian Grove, Lauren Hall, Nick Hayes*, Lynn Howes, Kelly Knight* [Head of BIGLITTLE Youth Theatre], Tom Lorcan, Matthew Malthouse [PDP Course Director], Ben Mundy, Dan Partridge*, Nigel Richards, Laurie Scarth, Caine Stanton, Michael Watson, Emma Woods [PDP Head of Dance], Lisa Zahra

You can learn more about all the faculty here.

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