'A Passion for PERFORMING,



  wHAT we DO







Ariel’s drama academies have been providing excellent, affordable theatrical training for young people since 2004. A family business, we have grown steadily from one small drama class into five highly respected  drama academies, situated throughout Sussex.


We teach across all 3 disciplines [Drama, Singing & Dance] and stage an annual showcase for each academy. In addition, we offer extra classes in Contemporary Dance, LAMDA exams and 1:1 vocal tuition. Along with the academies, we also run junior and senior choirs, regularly stage and perform plays and musicals and we also collaborate with an established London Performing Arts' agency.


We have worked hard to maintain our ethos of providing inclusive, high quality training in all areas of Performing Arts whether your child dreams of a career in the Arts or would simply like to meet new friends, have fun and learn skills for life.


Take a look at our Alumni section to see students who have gone on to study Performing Arts and to work professionally both on and off screen and stage.


I cannot speak too highly of Ariel as a company and its teaching staff. I am a mother of four and a teacher myself and know how precious time is, but it amazes me the amount of time and energy all the staff put in’.


We think it is our dedicated tutors and staff who really make the difference. Ariel is unique in that we combine industry experts, professional teachers and current young specialists in acting, dance and singing.  It is this blend of experience and fresh vitality which produces academies which are stringently run but challenge students, allowing them to flourish in a creative environment.


Developed over the years, this formula has proved to be a resounding success and Ariel now teaches over 700 students, aged 4 -19 across its drama academies, including nearly 100 Othellos with special educational needs.


And of course it’s our enthusiastic students who really make the difference!

Photo of Nicci Hopson  Ariel Drama Academy Drama Academies in Sussex

Ariel Academies' Director



Ariel Academies' Director



'To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programmes that build character, instil life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through Drama, Singing and Dance.'

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