YULA Drama School is widely acknowledged as one of the top schools and casting agencies in the region, having unprecedented results in both LAMDA examinations. Many students have gained entry into prestigious drama schools (RADA, LAMDA, Guildhall, Bristol etc.) and others have obtained degrees in drama and other related theatre arts.
Pupils are entered for the LAMDA examination board, which is fully accredited, offering an opportunity to gain UCAS points. Pupils are trained from entry to diploma level.
Guest teachers from the acting profession visit on occasion, to come and lead the groups in masterclasses and discpline-specifc workshops.
Our pupils are allowed total freedom of expression resulting not only in practical achievement but also the all-important confidence and character building.
Who We Are
The school is run by Sherril Parsons (LLAM Hons), highly-respected drama tutor of 40 years' experience. Sherril trained as a professional actress and has had success in TV, theatre and radio. Her insight into the workings of the profession is invaluable and evident in the unique teaching techniques she uses.
Our fabulous acting and musical theatre teacher is the wonderful Judith Poole. Judith has trained extensively all over the world, qualifying as a performing arts teacher, and was formerly Head of Drama at the Belvedere Academy. Having now left to pursue freelance opportunities, Judith also works as Director of Drama at Liverpool College.
We have been fortunate to have Judith work at YULA for the past 13 years; having volunteered to cover one Saturday and has fortunately never left!
Orginially a YULA pupil many moons ago, he has now returned from several tours of Shakespeare and more across Europe and Asia to impart some acting knowhow to our students. Our teas and coffees are expertly made by the diversley talented, Jack-of-all-trades Paddy Cunningham.
Prior to the formation of YULA, some 25 years ago, Sherril taught at three of the city's top full-time performing arts colleges. YULA was first established in a small attic studio with only four pupils, all of whom gained places at leading drama schools. YULA is now based in the fabulous Mossley Vale Theatre, on the campus of Liverpool College in the south of the city. The excellent facilities at our disposal allow every student the experience of performing in a real studio theatre, under the lights.
Ex YULA pupils can regularly be seen in films, on stage and prime time TV.
Josh Bolt / Kerrie Hayes / Katherine Morley (Guildhall) / Shaun Evans ((who Sherril taught whilst at Chiltern) now Endeavour Morse!) / James Johnson / Michael Collins (Royal Scottish) / Helen Blakeman (actress and BAFTA winning writer) / Terri Reddin (Rose Bruford) / Sarah Kenny (RADA) / Ravi Kapoor (now in Hollywood working on Greys Anatomy and Directing) / Mark Arends (LAMDA) / Kris Mochrie / David Lyon / Joy Blakeman (RADA) / James Kerr (LAMDA) / Susanne Hitchmough (RADA) / Chris Crookall / Samantha Arends (ALRA) / Kathleen Collins (Royal Welsh) / Emily Drury (Guildhall) / John Collins (Royal Welsh) / Joe Edwards (Central School) / Jack Molloy (LIPA)