Application form  (Word Document)


Application form  (PDF version)



The opportunity to learn, grow, and be challenged within a Christian community was invaluable to me. My faith has come on a long way since I started the course, and through RPA’s involvement in my life, various opportunities have since opened for me to serve and lead. I’m very grateful for RPA and how it’s made such a positive impact on my life. Riverside Performing Arts graduate.

Riverside Performing Arts runs a nine month full time performing arts and discipleship programme, training Christians aged 18-30 years in drama and Christian discipleship. The course runs from October to the end of June each year.

Riverside Performing Arts, is part of Riverside Church in Birmingham, and aims to ‘Use the performing arts to serve the community, communicate the Christian faith and to help develop people’s potential.’  The full time Drama course runs for nine months, providing young people with professional training in the performing arts, a discipleship course encouraging growth and maturity in their Christian faith and opportunities to perform within a wide range of settings including local schools, theatres and churches nationally. Over the course of a year,  Riverside Performing Arts team have performed to between 28-30,000 people, in schools, community centres, churches, youth events and professional stages across the country. You can find out more about Riverside Church at

Accommodation is available as part of the Riverside Performing Arts accommodation scheme, where trainees are placed with host families. The Accommodation fee includes all your lodging and food during term time.  For details of all the course and accommodation costs please email:

If you wish to apply please click on the application form on the website. If your application is successful we will invite you for an audition. This is an opportunity for you to join in a drama workshop with the current students and for you to have a look round the drama school.

We hope that this has inspired you about the Riverside Performing Arts course. If you have any further questions or require further information please contact us for a friendly chat.


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