GSA is situated on the University of Surrey’s beautiful campus, offering students state-of-the-art purpose-built facilities within a lively university environment, just ten minutes’ walk from Guildford town centre and only 34 minutes from central London by train.


Teaching spaces

Students at GSA have access to purpose-built studios and tutorial rooms within the GSA building and across the University campus. The fully-equipped studio spaces are fitted with sprung floors and ballet bars. 

Students will have the opportunity to train and practice in the 190 seat Bellairs Theatre, 60 seat Rex Doyle Studio and 80 seat PATS building. Founders Studio - 128 capacity studio space - 15 Dance and Rehearsal studios (facilities include sound system, ballet barres, sprung floors, keyboard/piano) 10 tutorial/practice rooms and a foyer area with café




Performance spaces

Productions are predominantly staged in the Ivy Arts Centre on campus. The Ivy houses a 190-seat theatre and 60-seat studio space, as well as dance studios and rehearsal rooms. The Ivy Arts Centre consists of the Bellairs Theatre - 190 seat fully equipped theatre, the Rex Doyle Studio Theatre - 80 capacity black box studio theatre, 2 Dance studios, 2 Meeting Rooms and a Foyer area with bar. Performing Arts Technology Studios (PATS Studio Theatre) is a 128 seat fully equipped theatre

GSA productions are also presented in theatres and venues in and around Guildford and London. These venues include the renowned Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, The Mill Studio and The Electric Theatre in Guildford, and various venues in London’s West End including the Shaftesbury Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre and the Soho Theatre.



Production facilities

Production facilities at GSA include a state-of-the-art 100Gb optical fibre network fitted throughout the Ivy Arts Centre; a fully automated flying system in the Bellairs Theatre; cutting-edge robotic cameras and professional-grade video production equipment for live streaming; bespoke GDS prompt desk and wireless comms; high-end computer workstations (on both Mac OS & Windows) with dedicated lighting, Sound and Video software packages; 3D printing facilities and a fully-equipped construction workshop and  wardrobe wardrobe department with extensive stock of period and modern costumes.

The GSA sound and lighting departments emulates professional environments in terms of production values. Our sound stock includes: Yamaha and Digico sound desks; a wide range of PA including, Inspired Audio, D&B, JBL, and Meyer; Sennheiser and Shure radio equipment; industry standard microphones including DPAs for our musical theatre shows, and a large range of Shure, Neumann, AKG and DPA instrument microphones.  Lighting equipment includes department have ETC and MA consoles on site, as well as close links to other console brands to explore and learn.  We have a range of in house stock and also hire a wide variety of intelligent lighting fixtures on a show by show basis. Professional lighting and sound designers regularly design our larger shows alongside student teams. 



Everything in one place

GSA is situated on the University of Surrey Stag Hill campus which is home to a wide range of amenities, including a laundrette, a post office, a bookshop, a health centre and our recently refurbished convenience store, SimplyFresh. There’s also a large supermarket nearby, and a weekly food market is held on the Stag Hill campus.



University services

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