Meet The Principals

The Brighton Academy opened its doors to its first class of Full-Time Performing Arts students in September 2011. With four successful West End performers at its head.

The Brighton Principals say: “Instead of handing out free training to a select handful of students every year we have decided to make our tuition fees affordable for every student that wants to train with us. In fact, we believe that it is entirely possible for a student with no financial support to be able to train during the day at The Academy and still make enough money of an evening to put themselves through college. Such is the extent of the difference we charge in our fees compared to other institutions.”

Stuart Dawes - Jersey Boys - Piccadilly Theatre

Emma Green - Spamalot - Palace Theatre

Tim Newman - Jesus Christ Superstar - Barbican Theatre

Kate Alexander - Starlight Express - Apollo Victoria

Kate Alexander


Hairspray – West End
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – West End
Guys and Dolls – West End
Footloose – UK Tour
Starlight Express – West End

Fame – West End/UK Tour
Grease – West End
Love Shack – UK Tour
Boogie Nights – West End/UK Tour
De La Guarda – West End
Gigglebiz – CBBC
Cinderella – Walt Disney Pictures


A Night With Liza Minnelli – West End
New York Fashion Week
London Fashion Week
Elite Model Look – Shanghai
Work It Campaign – Selfridges, London
Agent Provocateur – Berlin

Stuart Dawes


Jersey Boys – West End
Urine Town – West End
Crazy For You – West End
Passion – West End
Shall We Dance – West End
Spamalot – West End
Grease – UK Tour

On The Town – West End
Singing In The Rain – West End
Flora The Red Menace - Uk Tour
We Will Rock You – West End
Romeo & Juliet – West End
Fame – West End
Spirit of The Dance - Reno & UK Tour
Oliver - West end
Robin Hood - West End
Peter Pan - West End & UKTour

TV / Film
Cinderella – Walt Disney Pictures
Dick and Dom – BBC
Poirot – ITV
The Rainbow - ITV
Colgate - ITV
Matchbox Cars - ITV
Calar Gas - ITV

Cinderella - Hilton metropole
Wizord Of Oz - Acting Moon Events

Mesheme - Cafe De Paris
Halloween Ball - The Grand
Midsummer Ball - Hilton Metropole

Original Cast Recordings
Romeo & Juliet

Emma Green


The Merry Widow – London Colosseum
Wicked – West End
Spamalot – West End
Grease – West End/UK Tour
Shall We Dance – West End
Fame – UK Tour

42nd Street – UK Tour
Guys and Dolls – Workshop
Dancer: Tiller Girls
Dancer: Kylie Minogue
John Bishop Show – ITV
Dancer – Private Drama Events
Singer – Disney Cruise Line's & Tokyo Disney

TV / Film
Matilda Film 2019 - Workshop
Dick and Dom – BBC
M&S Mother and Baby – Advert

Presenting - World Poker Tour


Cinderella – Hilton Metropole
Halloween Ball – The Grand Hotel
Celebration (Director Carole Todd) – New Stein
Brighton Pride – Heart FM
Witness The Fitness – KrystalRoxx
Miss Matahari – Fashion Show
Macmillian Cancer – Regents Park
Wilderness Wonder – Wilderness Wood

Tim Newman


Jesus Christ Superstar – West End
Memphis the Musical – West End
Tap Pack – West End
Jesus Christ Superstar – Arena Tour
Mamma Mia! – International Tour
Grease – West End

Fame – UK Tour
Footloose – West End/UK Tour
Saturday Night Fever – West End
All The Fun Of The Fair – West End
Tap Dogs – UK/European Tour
Crazy For You – UK Tour
Build Me Up Buttercup – Workshop
Tap! – Workshop
Support Act For David Essex – Rock Arena Tour
“Remedy” – Debut Solo Album (DTJ Records)
“Why Me?” – Solo Album (Whiteburn)

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"Training at TBA was the best decision i've ever made.
I'm so thankful to them for their constant guidance and know i wouldn't be half the performer i am today without the incredible training & support.
I couldn't imagine a better place to have nurtured my talents and urge you to apply if you're serious about a career in the industry."

Sophie Bassett-Hughes

2021 Graduate

“TBA is an incredible place to train. It is run by 4 of the most amazing principals who are passionate about every single student and give you opportunities you won't find anywhere else! I am proud to have trained at The Brighton Academy and would recommend it to anyone looking for a career in Musical Theatre.”

Edward Thurgood


"Loved training here, learnt so much from all the industry professionals who work here and feel very lucky to not only have had such high quality training but also such a loving and caring family community. Cannot recommend enough"

Juliette Greedy


I’ve only been studying at TBA for a term now but I absolutely adore this place! I have learnt so much in my short time here! The faculty are all long time professionals that provide the highest quality training, the contact hours are unlike any other drama school I’ve seen and the facilities are great, there are 3 campus’ that are only a short distance apart, each campus has several large studios, changing rooms and private singing rooms. At TBA you get two – one to one singing lessons a week and amazing opportunities to take part in a multitude of shows.

Ethan Makey

Current Student

"I am so incredibly grateful for TBA!
I definitely wouldn't be where i am today without them and their insane training and passion for the industry. The continuous support and guidance throughout the three years has been amazing and i am so thankful that i can say i get to train here!"

Charlotte Packham

2021 Graduate

The Brighton Academy Patrons

TBA proudly boasts a 100% graduate success rate with top West End agents and delivers courses in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts, offering you the very best start towards a successful career.

Our Partners & Sponsors

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