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Upskill Camp

BYMT's Musical Theatre Upskill Camp 

This 6-day, intensive residential summer course in musical theatre skills will equip you with the unique skillset and knowledge needed to be competitive and to excel in the theatre industry. The programme incorporates focused training in acting, singing and movement, with talks, masterclasses and seminars designed to illuminate career pathways, build confidence and demystify the audition process.

Receive specialist training from respected Theatre Directors, Musical Directors, Choreographers and Vocal Coaches who have a wealth of experience; including commercial West End theatre, regional repertory, experimental and fringe theatre. Many of whom are also currently working within the UK’s leading drama schools and conservatoires, and know what it takes to make it!

Tailored for the 16-21 year age bracket, this course will be particularly beneficial for those interested in auditioning for drama school or conservatoire at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. The course includes expert training plus six nights’ full board and accommodation.

Working together on Advanced Skills Camp is one of the best ways to make great, often life-long, friends, to share a unique experience and to come out at the other end proud of what you achieved, whilst becoming more confident as a performer and a person. Participants come from many backgrounds and countries; we have young people from all over the world including the USA, France, Spain, Russia and Hong Kong as well as the UK and Ireland. 

Structure of the course

60 hours of intensive tuition, rehearsals and masterclasses spread over a 6 day residential retreat.

Students will participate in group classes (including Acting, Singing, Movement and Audition Technique) in the mornings, and work through scenes and solo performance in the afternoon.

ACTING - Explore and perform modern and classical texts, develop an understanding of practitioners techniques such as Stanislavski.
VOICE - Increase your vocal power and clarity for speaking and performing.
SINGING - Through ensemble and solo singing learn to interpret lyrics and improve vocal technique and skills.
MOVEMENT - Through releasing bodily tension learn how to use your body and physicality to create characters.
IMPROVISATION - Develop your storytelling, devising and theatre making skills.

During the course, participants will have the opportunity to explore different approaches to making new music theatre and cross arts developments, including styles used in physical theatre, mask and Commedia dell’arte, as well as traditional musical theatre and performance techniques.

Exciting anxillary talks and seminars include career development, industry structure and standards, actors’ agencies and starting your own company. At the end of the course participants work towards presenting rehearsed scenes to students and staff (not open to the public).


• Anyone aged  16 - 21 wishing to take their skills to the next level
• Those wishing to apply to drama school or conservatoire at undergraduate or postgraduate levels
• Those wishing to hone skills in specific areas, or who feel they may have gaps in their learning
• Anyone interested in developing new skillsets in musical theatre and performance.


The course fee covers full-board accommodation for the duration of the project, tuition from leading industry professionals and 24-hour pastoral care. BYMT's courses are heavily subsidised by Arts Council England and many other supporters, and as a not-for-profit organisation the course fees help cover our costs. The Upskill Camp fees for 2024 start at £775.

Please book our Upskill Camp HERE.