Vivo D’Arte School of Theatre Arts

Committed to developing the next generation of musical theatre artists by providing unrivalled industry training and unique experiences.

About us

We are an independent school of theatre arts based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Our LAMDA recognised centre offers expert acting, singing and musical theatre training for young people aged 7 to 18.

Established in 2012 by our Principal and Artistic Director Dan Cowtan, we take an exciting and unique approach to theatre arts, which is different to traditional stage and theatre schools.

Our team of highly skilled teachers create a varied programme of professional training in all disciplines, as well as providing great opportunities that closely emulate the realities of working in the theatre arts industry – such as live stage experiences, industry workshops and many other inspiring opportunities .

Many of these amazing experiences come from our parent company, Vivo D’Arte Ltd, a theatre arts training organisation and production company.

Whether you are looking for a fun musical theatre session or a stepping stone to prepare for a career in the industry, Vivo D’Arte School of Theatre Arts is the place for you.

Find out more about our sessions and book your free taster session.

Our Sessions

We run two three-hour Saturday sessions for our students between the ages of 7 and 18:

We also provide both one-to-one and group training sessions for acting, singing and musical theatre. These sessions are non-contractual and flexible, so you can join in as little or as much as you like. Sessions can either be booked on a pay-as-you-go basis or paid each term.

All sessions take place at our dedicated new training HQ.

Our sessions are held in a fun, friendly and safe environment, and offer the high level of support students need to hone their skills, grow in confidence as individuals and performers, and realise their full potential.

No experience is necessary.

Book your free taster session today

Your opportunity

In addition to our training sessions, we offer incredible opportunities for our students, including live stage experiences at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury – one of the biggest stages in the area. We have produced many performances at this venue, including Whistle Down the Wind, Oliver! and Made in Britain – a showcase of all musicals made in Britain!

Students will also gain access to a long list of theatre and performance-based opportunities including workshops held by West End artists, live productions for local events, festivals and fêtes, seasonal launches, galas and parades, meetings with industry professionals, and film and radio performances.

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We’ve been privileged to welcome lots of young performers over the last eight years to showcase their talent and get a first-hand experience of theatre. For us this feels like the next natural step. Being able to nurture home-grown talent within our very own venue walls is incredibly rewarding.

Lee Duffy
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre General Manager

Vivo D’Arte has always been committed to training and production and we always strive to give our performers the very best in industry training, insight, and experiences. To be given this opportunity to grow our partnership with the Waterside Theatre and open our weekly School of Theatre Arts in our new space is extremely exciting.

Dan Cowtan
Managing Director and Principal of Vivo D’Arte SOTA

Vivo, you are just simply the best, and being at the school has brought out (in such a short time) my daughters passion/enthusiasm and confidence! So looking forward the future!


During my time with Vivo D’Arte, what I did, not just in shows – but in my career – mattered to them. The high-quality performance opportunities Vivo D’Arte has given me, and the continual backing of many of the inspirational people involved, have been invaluable

George Watkins
Graduate: Royal Academy of Music

Our team

Our venue

The school is located at Vivo D’Arte’s HQ in Aylesbury. Vivo HQ has:

Come and visit us at Hamilton House, Broadfields, Aylesbury
or to discuss renting the space for an event please contact us.

Why join us?

  • Learn from our leading professional musical theatre practitioners
  • Be inspired by Vivo D’Arte’s newly equipped HQ and the ATG Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
  • Learn to express yourself through the arts and to recognise and realise your full potential
  • Develop the highest levels of confidence and life skills through unrivalled opportunities
  • Nurture your collaborative and leadership skills
  • Gain insight into the range of creative roles within musical theatre

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