Performing arts major SPAA opens admissions for 2023 academic year – Gulf Today


The world is a stage at SPAA.

Muhammad Yusuf, Features Writer

The Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA), a world-leading performing arts education and training institution, has announced the launch of admissions for the new academic year, alongside a schedule of live auditions and interviews, open days, workshops, masterclasses, facility tours, networking events and productions set to inspire prospective students. Admissions with regard to the academy are now open regarding the 2023 academic 12 months, with SPAA’s admissions process perhaps being as unique as the institution itself. Auditions intended for the highly sought after programmes in Acting, Production Arts plus Musical Theatre and the acclaimed Trinity Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance began on October 1 and runs till April 1, 2023, with open times and live auditions plus interviews taking place Oct 15 and again early in November.

Students applying for acceptance onto one associated with SPAA’s undergraduate programmes, could enjoy a stimulating and engaging audition or interview procedure. The academy offers a number of opportunities for budding talent to attend auditions plus open days, as well as network with educational leaders, teachers and current students.


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With the generosity of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, full scholarships are available to eligible students upon acceptance into the Academy. The scholarships cover tuition and accommodation for the particular duration associated with the BA programme. The fully funded merit-assistance is available to get eligible college students each academic year.

Professor Peter Barlow, Executive Director, SPAA, said: “Sharjah Carrying out Arts School provides learners with the world-class opportunity to study, practice and take part in developing professional performing arts in the region. We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of talented students as they embark on a journey, which will define their future.

“We are thrilled to hone the skills of our students within the fields of acting, musical theatre, dance plus production artistry and look forward in order to guiding and nurturing them during their artistic journey, whilst providing all of them with the necessary industry experience and global connections, which will define their future careers.

On the table in SPAA.

“Graduates of the Academy will become enterprising, creative and skilled artists plus creatives, and act as guiding lights redefining the particular future associated with performing disciplines. ” He has also noted that “SPAA informs, challenges, educates, questions, discovers and celebrates diversity; where everyone strives for excellence and the best means of storytelling by embracing all cultures, abilities and styles. ”

Barlow is the Fellow of The Royal Society from the Arts (FRSA), and has been teaching and training actors, performers, and theater technicians pertaining to more than 30 years. A graduate of Rose Bruford, College of Speech and Drama, he has been responsible for representing and leading top drama schools inside the UK.

Opening in 2019 to provide world-class professional conservatoire style coaching alongside formal education in performing plus production arts for a new generation of exceptionally talented college students, SPAA will be the top performing artistry academy of its kind in the area offering quality undergraduate degree and diploma programmes within acting, musical theatre, production arts and dance.

A world-class facility galvanising communities, it showcases local plus international innovative talent, leading the way in higher education for professional performing disciplines. Born from the progressive vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler associated with Sharjah, SPAA is furthermore the only Academy from the kind in the Middle East.

It offers the particular opportunity meant for candidates to study full-time Bachelor degrees in Acting, Manufacturing Arts and Musical Theater, in addition to the Trinity Level 6 Degree in Expert Dance, along with programmes led by extremely qualified professionals and educators using intensive, practice-based teaching.

Embodying the eyesight of the Leader of Sharjah to elevate the particular performing arts industry inside the UAE and beyond, the Academy is dedicated to providing learners with the first-class chance to research, practice plus take component in building professional executing arts in the region, ensuring the cultural potential of the particular region is usually successfully realised.

SPAA trains, educates and produces graduates with a competitive edge within an international market, arming students plus graduates with the necessary skills to develop a lasting and prosperous career inside the expert performing artistry industry.  

It provides the possibility for candidates, aspiring artists, dancers, actors, designers, technicians and stage managers in order to study full-time Bachelor degrees in Acting, Production Disciplines and Musical Theatre — in inclusion to the Trinity Degree 6 Diploma or degree in Professional Dance — with programmes led by highly experienced professionals, with students undertaking a robust schedule of rigorous, practice-based education.   It welcomes students from around the world, and is currently home to a cohort of college students from more than 40 countries around the particular world, including the UK, USA, UAE, KSA, Chile, India, Singapore, Egypt, Lebanon, and Morocco plus beyond. Thus the School offers learners a culturally rich and diversified encounter, allowing them to thrive professionally plus intellectually, while making friends from close to the globe.

“SPAA graduates will be strong, confident, independent individuals with life skills that will enable all of them to make a significant contribution to society. Our graduates will be enterprising, creative and experienced artists, while well like entrepreneurial, socially mobile and generous human beings, ” it avers. During their own course, students have the opportunity in order to undertake work experience, internships as well as professional roles within the Middle East’s creative sector, including Dubai Opera, Art Dubai plus Sharjah Artwork Foundation, to enrich their cultural and creative experiences.