Acting

  • The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh
    Richard Burton Theatre, February 2015

  • Longing by William Boyd
    Bute Theatre, February 2015

  • Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute
    Caird Studio, February 2015

  • The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
    Bute Theatre, December 2014

  • Unity (1918) by Kevin Kerr
    Chapter Arts Centre, December 2014

  • Dogville by Lars Von Trier
    Bute Theatre, October 2014

  • Strange Orchestra by Rodney Ackland
    Richard Burton Theatre, October 2014

  • Hay Fever by Noël Coward
    Richard Burton Theatre, June 2014

  • Tender by Abi Morgan
    Caird Studio, June 2014

  • You Can’t Take it With You by George S Kaufman & Moss Hart
    Bute Theatre, June 2014

  • Blister by Laura Lomas
    Richard Burton Theatre, April 2014

  • Pomona by Alistair McDowall
    Richard Burton Theatre, April 2014

  • Spring Awakening by Gary Owen
    Bute Theatre, April 2014

  • VS09 by Hayley Squires
    Bute Theatre, April 2014

  • Epsom Downs by Howard Brenton
    Bute Theatre, February 2014

  • Fe Ddaw’r Byd i Ben by Dafydd James
    Sherman Cymru, February 2014

  • The Wonderful World of Dissocia by Anthony Neilson
    Richard Burton Theatre, February 2014

  • Love and Information by Caryl Churchill
    Caird Studio, December 2013

  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
    Richard Burton Theatre, December 2013

  • When We Are Married by J B Priestley
    Richard Burton Theatre, October 2013

  • Thebans by Liz Lochhead
    Bute Theatre, October 2013

  • A Vampire Story by Moira Buffini
    Bute Theatre, May 2013

  • The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky
    Richard Burton Theatre, May 2013

  • Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon
    Caird Studio, May 2013

  • The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
    Richard Burton Theatre, March 2013

  • The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman
    Bute Theatre, March 2013

  • Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness by David Eldridge
    Caird Studio, March 2013

  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
    Bute Theatre, February 2013

  • Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton
    Richard Burton Theatre, February 2013

  • Picnic by William Inge
    Chapter Arts Centre, December 2012

  • Beasts and Beauties by Carol Ann Duffy
    Richard Burton Theatre, December 2012

  • A Month in the Country by Ivan Turgenev
    Richard Burton Theatre, October 2012

  • Boston Marriage by David Mamet
    S4C Studio, October 2012

  • Vincent in Brixton by Nicholas Wright
    Caird Studio, October 2012

The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is one of the UK’s leading drama schools. The College was ranked as the top institution in the UK for drama training by the Guardian University Guide twice in the last three years, and the BA (Hons) Acting course received a satisfaction score of 95% in the 2016 National Student Survey.

Former students feature regularly in the cast lists of the UK’s leading theatre companies including The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse, The Royal Court and the National Theatres of Wales and Scotland.

On television, RWCMD graduates appear in leading roles in major productions, most recently including Line of Duty, Crazyhead, Gotham, Casualty, Woldblood Secrets, Outlander, Poldark, Kiss Me First and Close to the Enemy.

In radio, there have been a string of successes in the BBC Carleton Hobbs Competition and contracts with the BBC Radio Drama Company.

Throughout their training, students work with key professionals including casting directors and agents, as well as actors, writers and directors. RWCMD has an enviable reputation within the industry for producing highly skilled and versatile performers, ready for the realities of professional employment. The annual graduate showcases in Cardiff and at London’s Royal Court are unusually well attended by leading agents and casting directors. American students have an additional showcase in New York following graduation.

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With just 22 places available on the undergraduate programme and 10 on the master’s course, the College has one of the smallest intakes of any drama school in the UK. This means that we are able to work with students in small groups, building close working relationships and nurturing individual strengths.

Both programmes involve classes and rehearsals for more than 30 hours a week; intensive training in vocal and physical work in the morning is followed by afternoon rehearsals. The range of work includes improvisation and working with text, classical and modern. There are also practical projects focusing on Shakespeare, comedy, musical theatre, experimental theatre, film, TV and radio.

Undergraduate and postgraduate actors are also given opportunities to create and stage their own work. Many former students continue to use this skill and several have become well known writers including Anthony Neilson, Katy Wix, Moira Buffini, Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones.

In their final year, undergraduate actors join postgraduates for a season of public performances as the Richard Burton Company - one of Wales’ most prolific theatre companies, staging around 15 performances each year and covering a wide repertoire from Shakespeare to specially commissioned new writing. The Company enjoys close collaborations with visiting and in-house directors, stage managers, designers and other specialists in an environment which accurately reflects the wider industry.

In 2017, for the fourth year running, we will present a season of four new plays in repertoire at The Gate Theatre, London after opening in the College’s theatres in Cardiff. In collaboration with The Royal Court Theatre, Paines Plough Theatre Company and The Sherman Theatre. The NEW Season further showcases our graduating students and continues our commitment to working with the UK’s most talented writers and directors.

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Head of Actor Training
Dave Bond

Jane Hodge Foundation International Chairs in Drama
Pamela Howard
Matthew Rhys
Michael Sheen
Simon Stephens

Musical Theatre Course Leader

Vivien Care

Head of Movement
Frances Newman

Senior Lecturers in Acting
Jamie Garven
Marilyn Le Conte
Simon Reeves

Lecturers in Acting
Patricia Logue
Eryl Phillips
Claire Brown

Lecturer in Singing
Philippa Reeves

Visiting Artists
Steve Blandford (Contextual Studies)
Paul Clements (Contextual Studies)
Nicola Reynolds (Contextual Studies)
Adele Thomas (Contextual Studies)
Stacey Blythe (Singing)
Clive Fishlock (Singing)
Judy Clover (Alexander Technique)
Jennifer Mackerras (Alexander Technique)
Louisa Farrant (Voice)
Emma Stevens-Johnson(Voice)
Yulia Heaton ((Movement)
Jem Treays (Movement)
Siriol Jenkins (Radio)
Kevin McCurdy (Stage Combat)


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