The Scene II Performing Arts Academy known as SPAA launched in September 2013.

SPAA is based in Essex between Stansted and Chelmsford, UK.

With a highly experienced team of tutors and admin staff alongside a successful and established Agency. SPAA is aiming to be a world class 16+ Musical Theatre College.

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  • info_outlineAbout the Academy

    Scene II Performing Arts Academy or SPAA is its now known, has a great philosophy and ethos: The Scene II Performing Arts Academy is dedicated to providing a first class education in the world of entertainment.

    Whether the stage or screen is your calling, or you are destined to teach we can help make that happen.

    At SPAA the emphasis is on employability. SPAA encourages all students to take their examinations in at least one teacher qualification.

    SPAA is one of the top performing arts colleges in the UK. SPAA has designed one of the best Musical Theatre Courses and with its fully equipped studios and studio theatre; it is well on its way to meeting its goals.

  • library_booksThe Course

    SPAA have designed a multi purpose course which focuses on employability. As a Musical Theatre star, you must have be a “Triple Threat” Whether you are a: Dancer, Actor, or a Vocalist, we can help fulfil your dreams.

    SPAA’s course encompasses all three aspects to give you an all round education. SPAA’s Musical theatre course, will cover:

    Year 1
    The first year at SPAA is an introduction to core subjects by providing a thorough grounding in technique. You start to strengthen your core skills whilst preparing you for the profession.
    Within the training, the first year aims to set you up with good practise and the strength to become a successful performer.
    You work towards a showcase at the end of each term to show your progression. You will have assessments in all classes and personal assessment days towards the end of each term.
    You will take your Grade 7 / Silver, Grade 8 / Gold drama exam and some appropriate Ballet and Tap exams.

    Year 2
    The second year of the course aims to build on core subjects and furthering strengthening and broadening your technique.
    You will start working on your PCERT LAM as well as Ballet and Tap exams if thats your preference.
    The second year will give you a chance to explore the concept of TIE (Training in Education)
    Pantomime and at least three shows, including the chance to write your own Devised piece.

    Year 3
    The main emphasis in the third year is to prepare the students for the profession.
    Workability is a key to success. Working towards your PCERT Lam and DDI/DDE ISTD gives you the ever needed something to fall back on. We will encourage you to go on auditions to gain experience as well as work experience in this field.
    In February you will go on a College trip to New York to undertake series of workshops and theatre trips as well as Industry professionals.
    You will participate in three shows including the graduation show in a central London Theatre. Which we invite various agents, directors and choreographers.
    Towards the end of the course, you will be asked if you wish to take on a part-time Scene II theatre School branch.
    This three year Musical Theatre course equips a performer with the necessary skills to work as a professional.

    This Performing Arts Course will enable each student to reach their own potential.

    Why choose us?

    • Although we have a successful children's agency, we also have established relationships with top theatrical agents
    • We include teacher training in ISTD, modern, tap, RAD ballet and LAMDA acting within our course
    • You will be offered the chance to run your own part-time Scene II Theatre School
    • Small classes, individual attention
    • London's West-end Showcase in front of worldwide Theatrical agents
    • In-house performances every term

  • searchOpen days

    Would you like to see what it's like to be on a 3-year Musical Theatre course?
    SPAA offers a great chance to do just that....
    We offer just 3 opportunities in the year to join our open days.
    Just press the button below, fill in the form and we will book you in.....

    IMPORTANT: Our open days are 100% free

    • Open days
      Tues 13th Feb 2018

    click here to apply for a place on an open day

  • peopleAudition & Application Form

    To audition for this 3 year Musical Theatre course you will need to prepare...

    2 monologues (1 classic, 1 modern)
    2 Vocal pieces (1 Musical Theatre, 1 popular. Music on an iPod/Mac or CD, no sheet music)
    Dance piece of your choice.

    You will also need to bring with you some evidence of previous training and experience (please see application form)

    You can apply online, see below.

    You will receive a reply to say whether you have secured an audition and a date and time.

    Please bring all evidence with you.......

    Audition dates
    The Kerry Ellis Scholarship Fri 16th May at Pineapple Studios
    Tues 1st May 2018 at SPAA
    Tues 12th June 2018 at SPAA
    Tues 3rd July 2018 at SPAA

    PLEASE NOTE: There is an audition fee of £30, payable online via PayPal

    complete your application and pay via PayPal

  • chrome_reader_modeThe curriculum

    Hip Hop
    Technical Tap
    Break dance
    Technical Jazz
    Matt Mattox
    Par de Deux
    Boys Ballet
    Musical Theatre
    Body Conditioning
    I.S.T.D - TAP (up to DDI/DDE)
    R.A.D - BALLET

    Musical Theatre Theory
    Music Theory
    Greek Theatre
    Classical Acting
    Audition Technique
    Script Work
    L.A.M.D.A Examinations
    (Up to P.Cert)
    acting through song

    Private vocal lessons
    Pop Vocal
    Musical Theatre
    Technique class

    During the full time, 3 years of training at SPAA, each student will attend The Arts Centre from 8.30 till 6.00, Monday to Friday (excluding extra curricular activities). Each student will get the individual attention that they need to become a great performer. At the end of every term there will be a showcase, either in a full scale production, showcase of class work or a devised piece. Over each term you will see a vast improvement in every student, watching them grow from strength to strength.

  • people_outlineFaculty

    Professionals with experience...

    click here for more about our faculty

  • schoolThe Kerry Ellis Scholarship

    At The Scene II Performing Arts Academy our Patron is Kerry Ellis.

    We are looking for talented people who are looking to train in Musical Theatre. You Must be dedicated and want to work in this business more than anything else in the world. 100% of our current graduating students have gained Top Agents. We offer a intense three year Musical Theatre Course based in Essex. You must be prepared to want to work hard for 3 years... We are looking for serious people who want to dedicate their next three years to training.... please DO NOT Apply if you are not serious!

    Once a year we old The Kerry Ellis Scholarship award event... at Pineapple Studios... Through this event we (or Kerry if she is available) choose 1 Recipient of a 100% Scholarship.

    The Kerry Ellis Scholarship event is booked for 16th March 2018, 10am until 2pm.

    This will be for the Academic year starting September 2018. Please sign up online or download (and email back) the form below:

    download the application form

    apply online

    Here is the 2017 winner of the Kerry Ellis Scholarship

    Hannah Hall

    "I am absolubtly over the moon about being awarded the Kerry Ellis Scholarship by SPAA, when I found out I cried, and I just couldn't believe that I had been chosen! It is beyond my wildest dreams and I feel like I have won the lottery.

    I am so excited to continue my journey as part of SPAA and I'm going to work so very hard to show my appreciation for this fantastic opportunity. I can't wait to start in September."


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    Segundo Graduation Showcase 2017 Leicester Square Theatre (2) (Copy)
    Segundo Graduation Showcase 2017 Leicester Square Theatre (6) (Copy)
    Segundo Graduation Showcase 2017 Leicester Square Theatre (5) (Copy)
    Segundo Graduation Showcase 2017 Leicester Square Theatre (4) (Copy)
    Segundo Graduation Showcase 2017 Leicester Square Theatre (3) (Copy)
    3 Girls
    Pricilla Queen of the Desert - Queen Elizabeth Hall - 2015
    Blood Brothers - The Arts Studio Theatre - 2014
    Blood Brothers - The Arts Centre Studio Theatre - 2014
    Betty Blue Eyes - Primero Graduation 2016 - Leicester Square Theatre
    Book of Mormon - Primero Graduation 2016 - Leicester Square Theatre
    The Addams family - Indigo at the O2 - 2013
    Kinky Boots - Move It Exhibition - 2016
    Fame - Indigo at the O2 - 2016
    Throughly Modern Millie - Indigo at the O2 - 2013
    Grease 2 - Harlow Playhouse 2014
    Chicago - Primero 2016 - Leicester Square Theatre
    Legally Blonde - Primero 2016 - Leicester Square Theatre
  • collections_bookmarkDownload our latest Prospectus

    We're always updating our prospectus to bring you latest information about our Academy. You can download the latest version now, here:

    chrome_reader_modeDOWNLOAD PROSPECTUS

  • date_rangeImportant dates
    Here are some SPAA dates for your calendar...
    • Open days
      Tues 13th Feb 2018
    • Term dates 2018 - 2019

      Winter Term
      Monday 17th September 2018– Friday 7TH December 2018
      (HALF TERM – Monday 22nd- Friday 26th Oct)

      Spring Term
      Monday 7th January 2019 -Friday 29th March 2019
      (HALF TERM – Monday 11th - Friday 15th Feb)

      Summer Term
      Monday 29th April 2019 – Friday 12th July 2019
      (No Half Term)

    • Important dates
      Devised piece 1st years - Friday 16th March 7PM
      Third year showcase (Leicester Square Theatre, London) - Friday 1st June 2PM
      End of Year Musical - Tues 3rd & Wed 4th July 2018
      Graduation Ball - Thurs 5th July 2018​
      Open Days:
      Tues 13th Feb 2018

      Auditions: The Kerry Ellis Scholarship Fri 16th May at Pineapple Studios (FREE)
      Tues 1st May 2018 at SPAA
      Tues 12th June 2018 at SPAA
      Tues 3rd July 2018 at SPAA

      RAD exams TBC
      ISTD exams TBC
      DRAMA exams TBC

  • contact_mailGet in touch today
    Please feel free to get in touch. We would love to hear from you.
    The Arts Centre (Dunmow)
    1 Haslers Lane,
    Great Dunmow,
    Essex ,
    CM6 1XS

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Theo Stevenson
Good luck to every student at Scene II. Such a great place to learn and develop all the skills you need. All the best!!!
Kerry Ellis
I'm delighted to be a patron of SPAA. I hope all the students enjoy their training and I get to come and join you soon.
Russell Tovey
Here's wishing all of the Scene II Academy students good luck and I hope they soar and make magic.
Chrissie Cotterill
Our purpose is to educate, stimulate and illuminate but most of all entertain our audiences in some small way we unify to inevitable divisions therein.