Riverside Performing Arts is a professional theatre company that works in and around Birmingham and further afield across the UK. We are looking for students to join us from September 2021… could that be you?

Riverside Performing Arts offers a year out like no other. Join a professional theatre company to further develop your performance skills. We offer opportunities in acting, directing, film making, teaching, script writing and many more practices throughout the year you’d be with us. We provide high quality productions for all ages and as well as live performances, we offer and create recorded shows too. If successful you will learn the ins and outs of how a theatre company runs, from obtaining rights to shows, developing and making set and costumes, to performing, directing and filming. This year will equip you with incredible foundations, through a hands on approach you will learn on the job and join our incredible team. 

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. The course runs from September to July out of Riverside Church, Birmingham.


Meet the team

Nathanael Ballew – Actor/Strategic Co-ordinator & Community Liaison


Caroline Webb – Actor/Creative Programme Manager


Naomi Woodruff – Head of Performing Arts

Nicola Ferris – Writer/Production Executive

joining the team

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 (2-9 students on average).

We are looking for;

  • People with a passion for the performing arts and a heart for sharing faith
  • Confident performers
  • Those with an interest in different aspects of performance work e.g. costume design, script writing, film

What Will The Year Be Like AS PART OF THE ACADEMY?

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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For more information on how to apply email


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