READ College runs several short courses throughout the year, to give students a taster of our one-year full time course and also to help them prepare for auditions for dance college or drama school. These include our February Half Term Audition Preparation course, and our annual Musical Theatre Summer School at St Bart’s Theatre in Reading.

Download the application form for all of our Holiday Courses here – Application for Half Term and Summer School


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5-Day Musical Theatre Summer School,  Shrek The Musical – August 2017

Ages 12 – 18 yrs

Join us for an amazing week of theatre here in Reading, working with some of the best dance, drama and singing tutors in the industry! Based around the hit West End musical, Shrek, this fantastic week will include daily classes in acting, singing and dance led by senior tutors from READ College. At the end of the week, you will have the chance to perform the work that you have created on stage for your family and friends at St Bart’s Theatre, the home of READ College.

A fantastic Summer School week, in a fun and creative environment – a perfect chance to see what full-time training is like at an industry-leading dance and drama college! You can find out more about the college’s founders and teaching faculty by clicking here…

5 Day Musical Theatre Summer School, August 7th-11th 2016 – £250 (10% sibling discount available)

Download the application form for all of our Holiday Courses here – Application for Half Term and Summer School

Audition Preparation Course – February Half Term 2018

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Ages 14+

Our Audition Preparation course is ideal if you are auditioning, or considering auditioning in the future, for dance and drama colleges – including READ! What should I expect…? What should I do…? What are they looking for…? Our expert tutors will give you lots of coaching and top tips on how to gain a place at college, and you will have the chance to perform a mock audition in front of our own audition panel to get full feedback! Find out why over 95% of graduates from READ College are successful at gaining places at the UK’s top schools…

For those seeking experience in Acting, you can join us for 2 packed days. The first will be all about drama… Workshops, classes, audition speeches and advice from our Head of Acting, Seamus Allen. Day two will be voice and singing with Faculty Director, Jamie Read, giving you techniques, repertoire and advice on the singing aspect of your audition.

For students auditioning for Musical Theatre, there is a third day on this course, taught by Director of Dance Faculty, Helen Read. This will give you experience in both your ballet and jazz audition technique to round off the course!

2 Day Acting Course, Feb 12th/13th 2018 – £100 (10% sibling discount available)

3 Day Musical Theatre, Course Feb 12th/13th/14th 2018 – £150 (10% sibling discount available)

Booking will open in September!