Upskill Camp (2024) | British Youth Music Theatre


Director: Michelle Payne
Musical Director: Jordan Paul Clarke
Choreographer: Jocelyn Prah

Extended payment plans are available

What is Upskill?

Upskill is our intensive residential summer course for 16 - 21 year olds. It has been created specifically for those looking to hone their skill set in preparation for a career in the industry or further training at drama schools or conservatoires.

This camp delivers focused training in acting, singing and movement, with talks, masterclasses and seminars designed to illuminate career pathways, build confidence and demystify the audition process.

Participants will 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, and are currently working within the UK’s leading drama schools and conservatoires.

This intensive course focuses on preparing young people for the next big step in their lives in a fun and accessible way, whilst meeting fellow young people who are just as passionate about performing as they are!

What happens during the Upskill course?

Participants will receive 60 hours of intensive tuition, collaborative creation of new musical theatre numbers, rehearsals and masterclasses spread over a 6 day residential retreat.

  • ACTING - Explore and perform texts and acting through song.
  • 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.
  • WRITING – Be part of a collaborative team effort to create a new musical theatre number.
  • VOCATION – Learn which course might be the right one for you or how to make your own way into the industry

During the course, participants will have the opportunity to explore different approaches to making new music theatre and cross arts developments, including styles and performance techniques used across contemporary and traditional musical theatre.

Exciting 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 new musical theatre to an invited audience.

Who is it for?

  • 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.


Venue: Chetham's School of Music


Address: Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB

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Chetham’s is situated in the heart of Manchester’s Medieval Quarter, bordered by Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Station and the National Football Museum. Chetham’s is within easy reach of all main train, bus, tram and road links.

Course Fees

BYMT courses are heavily subsidised by Arts Council England as well as various other brilliant funders, and as a not-for-profit organisation the course fees help us to cover our costs. The course fee covers full board accommodation, the highest quality tuition, and 24-hour pastoral care.

There are three ways you can pay your course fee: (1) In full OR (2) A deposit with three subsequent instalments OR (3) Extended Payment Plans for as little as £77.50 per month. Please contact to find out more.

  • Domestic students - £775 (deposit: £250), domestic is classified as British/Irish taxpayers.
  • Overseas students - £875 (deposit: £350), overseas is classified as non-British/Irish taxpayers, living outside UK or Ireland.

How to book?   

Book Online: Directly through this page!

Book by Phone: If you would like to book your camp with one of the BYMT team, please call us on: 020 8563 7725  

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Check out our Upskill Camp FAQ here.



Venue Address

Chetham's School of Music
Long Millgate
M3 1SB