Performing Arts Academy

Exceptional Teaching & Facilities.

The Performing Arts Academy offers exceptional teaching and facilities to our students so that each individual develops their full potential in their chosen discipline. The Academy’s student population is a diverse community united by a shared passion for creating new performance work. We have our own fantastic teaching and performance venue in the Izzard Theatre, which opened in 2013. The Academy prides itself on the professional standard of its productions, some of which may be attended by industry professionals. Our belief is that the Academy’s close links with the profession will keep our training relevant and accessible to young people developing their talents in a range of performance related skills.

Among the many things which are indicative of the Academy is the level of personalisation throughout all the training - the skills of highly experienced specialists ensure we provide training that meets the needs of each student.

The students in the Performing Arts Academy are taught by talented tutors, including visiting tutors who are working professionals across the disciplines and who maintain strong links with the industry. Students also benefit from workshops with visiting professionals and are able to develop their skills through the numerous plays, musicals and recitals staged during the academic year.


Many students from the Performing Arts Academy have gone on to prestigious drama schools and enjoy successful careers in the Performing Arts industries. The last two years have seen graduates gain scholarship places on a range of prestigious courses across the performing arts, including places at:

  • LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts)
  • Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Urdang Academy
  • Manchester University
  • Bird College of Performing Arts
  • PPA (Performance Preparation Academy)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Chichester University
  • University of West London
  • Winchester
  • BIMM
  • University of Bath


Bexhill College offers talented students a range of extremely successful courses which have produced some exceptional performers. These courses include:

  • A Level Dance
  • A Level Dance
  • A Level Drama and Theatre Studies
  • A Level Music
  • Acting Subsidiary Diploma
  • Dance Subsidiary Diploma
  • Music Performance Diplomas
  • Music Technology
  • Production Arts Technical Subsidiary Diploma
  • Performing Arts Extended Diploma
  • Bronze, Silver and Gold Arts Award

Students are not required to take one of the qualifications listed to be part of the Performing Arts Academy, as some students become part of the programme by selecting to take part in College plays, musicals or bands as their Enrichment activity. The Performing Arts Academy is thriving due to its passionate, talented and dedicated students, and we expect the same high standards in all our Performing Arts students.

The Izzard Theatre

The Izzard Theatre complex was opened in December 2013 by world-renowned Hollywood actor and comedian Eddie Izzard. Creating this exceptional industry-standard performance space gives Bexhill College the best possible facility in which to showcase our talented students.

The Izzard Theatre is a 200-seat theatre incorporating the latest lighting and sound equipment, a rehearsal studio, green rooms and music recording and editing suites.

Local and touring theatre companies, as well as Eddie Izzard and other performers, also choose to perform in the Izzard Theatre, such are the quality of the facilities.

Highlights from the last year:

Performing Arts students from the last two years have had the opportunity to perform in a wide variety of performances to develop and extend their performance practice. These have included:

  • Musicals: Company and Evita
  • Bexelei Theatre Company: performing Jade by playwright Sophie Swithinbank locally, which was then developed into Where there is Smoke, which has had a rehearsed reading at the National Theatre, performances at The Printers Playhouse, DLWP and a tour of schools in Hastings and Rother
  • Pop up music gigs across the College, involvement in music events in Hastings and workshops from BIMM
  • Dance Company performances including Time to Dance, events at the Izzard Theatre, workshops with Hofesh Shechter and James Wilton
  • Victorian London interactive experience for local schools and ‘Unforgettable’ our mini musical toured to local residential homes
  • Students from across the disciplines
  • Running workshops with young people across local Primary and Secondary schools sharing their skills.
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