Aylesbury's Leading School of Theatre Arts

Innovative musical theatre and production training for 4-18 year olds.

Welcome to

Vivo D'Arte School of Theatre Arts

We are an independent school of theatre arts based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Established in 2012 by our Principal and Artistic Director Dan Cowtan, we take an exciting and unique approach to theatre arts. As such, we are different to traditional stage and theatre schools. Because we are committed to developing the next generation of musical theatre artists. We provide unrivalled industry development, unique live stage experiences and advanced theatre production training.

Come and find out what we do

Free Trial Sessions Available

We realise that it can be quite a commitment to sign up to the school. So, we offer free trial sessions for anyone who would like to come and see what we do. Because we’re pretty confident you’ll like what you see. And absolutely no previous experience is required.

The Addams Family

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, August 2019

Don't just take our word for it

What do people think of Vivo D'Arte School of Theatre Arts

Vivo's School of Theatre Arts is simply superb. Their passion, commitment and love for what they do is both incredible and infectious. It is the highlight of my daughter's week. Throughout her time at Vivo she's grown into a confident and accomplished performer. But, most importantly, is the sheer joy she gets from being part of a wonderful family. Because the team work hard to create that environment. So, I cannot recommend Vivo to other parents highly enough.

What do we offer?

We provide a wide range of lessons in musical theatre

We run Musical Theatre sessions all day on a Saturday, for our students between the ages of 4 to 6 and 7 to 18. In addition, due to overwhelming interest, we are launching both a Friday school and a Sunday morning school in the autumn of 2022. We also provide both one-to-one and group training sessions for acting, singing and musical theatre. And this includes LAMDA based training.

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Senior School of Theatre Arts

Ages 7-18

Our team of highly skilled teachers create a varied programme of expert training. In all musical theatre disciplines – acting, singing and dancing.

School of Theatre Arts Seussical Production

Junior School of Theatre Arts

Ages 4-6

Our junior school of theatre arts aims to introduce musical theatre to little ones. So, it is very much focused on enjoyment.

School of Theatre Arts 1:1 Lessons

1:1 Musical Theatre Training

We offer 1:1 training and coaching in singing, acting and dancing. Our training also helps prepare our students for LAMDA exams.

Group Musical Theatre Training

Musical Theatre Classes

Our range of classes are designed to give students the opportunity to develop their skills in specific areas including acting, singing and dance.

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Leading Musical Theatre Professionals

Meet the School of Theatre Arts Principal

Our school is led by founder and principal Dan Cowtan. Dan is supported by a team with years of professional experience in musical theatre. Whether it’s acting, singing or dancing, we provide an unparalleled learning experience. We’re passionate about helping young people develop and thrive. So we are dedicated to ensuring we give our students the right support, experience and skills needed. In order to achieve whatever they want to.

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Dan Cowtan

Principal and Artistic Director

Dan has been working as a director, producer and singing teacher within musical theatre and opera for almost 20 years.

A student of the Royal Northern College of Music and a classically trained tenor, Dan has performed in a wide range of musical genres including productions such as Eugen Onegin, La Rondine, Threepenny Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind and Oliver.

In more recent years, Dan’s main focus has been his work as a director, producer and educator. As managing director of Vivo D’Arte Ltd, Dan has worked consistently to create relationships within all areas of theatre and currently works in partnership with the Ambassador Theatre Group. As a director, Dan take’s great pride in creating exciting and innovative theatre.

Dan’s continued passion is supporting and developing all levels of performers and creatives within arts education.

Our House

Elgiva Theatre, November 2021

Purpose built studio facilities

Where are we based?

The school of theatre arts is located at Vivo D’Arte’s HQ in Aylesbury. We have three dedicated and fully equipped rehearsal and performance spaces with air conditioning, wifi and bluetooth audio systems.

Our HQ is newly refurbished, and is a vibrant and safe learning environment. We also have a dedicated recording studio. There is ample free parking with coffee and shopping close by.

We'd love you to join us

Contact us

If you’d like to find out more about our school of theatre arts, then we’d love to hear from you. Just give us a call, drop us an email, or fill out the contact form.