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.
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.
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.
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.
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’
PURPOSE BUILT STUDIO COMPLEX
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
- 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
Stella Mann not only helped me grow as a performer but also as a person. Learning from amazing teachers, who made such an effort to connect with the students and challenge us on a daily basis which made me gain a passion for performing.
Stella Mann College has really helped me grow and develop as a performer and I can not thank all the staff enough for helping me to achieve my childhood dreams of becoming a professional dancer.
Stella Mann changed my life completely. It gave me the chance to study and develop my skills as a dancer and performer but I've also grown as a person. For a street dancer like me, with no training, a college like Stella can really make the difference on every aspect for your future career. I'm so happy and proud about my past three years in college because I've worked next to amazing teachers in a place which I considered as a second home. I had a fantastic experience that I won't ever forget. I now feel ready for the industry.
My 3 years at Stella Mann College not only prepared me for auditions but for the industry as a whole, even down to what to say to an agent on the phone! The faculty have created an environment which made me feel free to develop my craft but push me to a level where I would hopefully book professional work, I wouldn't change a thing and had the best 3 years of my life at Stella Mann College!!
Stella Mann has provided me the opportunity to expand my training, breaking boundaries and exceeding my limits. With a strong faculty and fantastic performance opportunities, my confidence and development as an individual has increased massively. I can't thank the teachers enough with the support they have given me to prepare for the professional world. I am excited to see what's in store!
I thoroughly enjoyed my 3 years at Stella Mann College, I gained skills and confidence that enabled me to attend auditions feeling prepared for the industry. I received amazing training and was made to feel so comfortable in all my classes as well as being pushed hard to achieve goals whilst having fun at the same time!
When I started Stella Mann I had zero dance experience. During my three years training I was pushed in all aspects of dance and musical theatre. The teachers are industry professionals who train and encourage you to be the best version of yourself. It’s thanks to them that I have not stopped working since graduating and have had so many versatile job roles. The professional environment created, prepares you for industry life.
I came to Stella as a blank canvas, I had never danced before… but Stella gave me an opportunity and really helped me grow as a performer, without their training I still wouldn’t be able to dance. I am forever grateful for the training and support I received throughout my three years there.
Stella Mann is full of incredibly talented teachers who push you to be the best you can be. I am forever grateful as without the college I wouldn’t be working in this industry today.
Stella Mann was the perfect choice of college! I gained my confidence here and learnt all the skills I needed to enter the industry!
Stella Mann is a great college and has put me in the position I am in now, in my dance career, everyone is so welcoming and the staff are industry professionals and have many years of experience to give.