Riverside Performing Arts offers a gap-year programme for 18-30 year olds unlike anywhere else. A 9 month course in performance training and discipleship with a working theatre company with over 20 years of experience that runs out of Riverside Church, Birmingham, from September through to July every year.

During the 9 months with us, participants will be a part of Riverside Academy which offers a number of different tracks according to your experiences, gifts and passions. Alongside the time you will spend in your chosen track, there is also weekly central discipleship input and an opportunity to explore faith further with students from the other pathways of the Academy. e.g. worship, media, children’s work, youth/cross-cultural mission. 


What Will I Do on the performing arts track?

You will have the opportunity to perform all year round in schools, theatres and at festivals. Each week can offer a variety of things, from filming for a production one day, to performing for infants in a nursery the next. Training will be provided in acting, dance and voice with the current theatre company and we look for trainees with a passion for the performing arts. Our heart is to develop and grow our students in a number of areas, which is why we only take a small number of students each year (3-9 students on average).

What Will The Year Be Like?

It will be a creative mixture of classroom teaching, one-to-one mentoring, dynamic experiences and simply using your gifts & skills in life at Riverside Church. Each Academy cohort will learn together, and then you will be involved in different ministry settings for the rest of the week. Our hope is that the course not only will help you explore how to use the arts and your faith together, but also what it means to live thriving lives for God. We hope that you grow in your faith and also develop leadership skills and a sense of God’s calling on your life.

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Who is Riverside?

We are a large church in Birmingham, with a passion to help people get to know Jesus and grow as his followers.

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