Stella Mann College of Performing Arts

Welcome to Stella Mann College of Performing Arts

We are excited to be able to offer Dance and Drama Awards, Higher Education Funding up to BA Honours level, and Boys’ Scholarships to make your training more affordable.

We are a full-time college providing tuition and training in the performing arts industries. We are housed in a purpose-built facility in the heart of Bedford, where we have continued to develop into a training institution that meets the demands of this most competitive but rewarding market place – the performing arts. We celebrate individuality and versatility in our students and this can be seen from Our Graduates, who go onto successful and diverse careers.

  • About us

    Stella Mann founded the College in Hampstead in 1946. Mary Breen has been the owner since 1985 and sole Principal since 1989. Our website has been designed to give you an insight into the College and the training we offer.

  • Performance

    At Stella Mann College we believe that it is vital to get the right balance between technical training and performance opportunities, through which students are able to demonstrate their skills and grow as performers.

  • Qualifications

    All courses at Stella Mann College are designed to create versatile professional performers. We offer a BA (Hons) Degree in Performing Arts in partnership with The University of Northampton, for students who will be 18 years old at the start of their training and have completed a Level 3 qualification.

    We also offer the Trinity College London Diplomas in Professional Dance and Professional Musical Theatre, which can be undertaken by students from the age of 16. All of these qualifications are underpinned by the Stella Mann College Performer’s Diploma, which will be gained by anyone who completes three years of study at the College.

Take the next step

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Life at Stella Mann College

We’re very proud of what our students are able to achieve.
Here’s a sample of some of their most recent work.

What we do

Performance is a diverse field.

We offer training in a range of subjects, see below and for further information visit ‘Our Courses’


Developing the future of dance and performance

  • Numerous performance opportunities
  • Dedicated to small class sizes
  • Diverse qualifications on offer
  • Varied and current teaching professionals with West End and commercial backgrounds
  • Purpose-built studio block
  • In-house theatre space
  • Excellent sound systems and live accompaniment

Connected Location

  • Low cost of living for students in Bedford
  • Excellent transport links to London, Milton Keynes, Brighton, Gatwick and Luton airports
  • 35 minute train journey to London
  • Close-knit college community
  • Student based University town set on a beautiful river front.

Fees & Funding

  • Dance and Drama awards available
  • HE Funding available
  • Boys’ Scholarships available