The School of Theatre Excellence is Birmingham & Brighton’s leading stage school, performing arts school and theatre school all rolled into one!

SOTE Birmingham was established in 2010. Taking stage school training to a new level, we wanted to be a centre of excellence bringing high quality, dynamic and progressive musical theatre training to young students aged 7 to 18.

SOTE Brighton opened in 2014 bringing the same level of training to East Sussex. As well as our Saturday classes during term times we have also established both Easter and Summer schools, which have quickly gained a fantastic reputation.

In August 2016 we launched SOTE Foundation Course in Dance and Musical Theatre, which has been an incredible success. Students aged 18+ train with us Monday-Thursday 8.45am-4.45pm in Birmingham. This intensive 30 week course is designed to equip students with a level of acting, singing and dancing ready for drama school entry. Our vision to establish a 3 year Musical Theatre Diploma Course in Birmingham will soon become a reality.

Everyone at SOTE is treated as individuals. The strongest singer receives the same training as the strongest dancer, the strongest dancer receives the same training as the strongest actor.  We home in on each student’s strengths as well as their weaknesses.

We offer a FREE TASTER for each new student, this is to ensure that the school is right for you.  

We look forward to welcoming you to SOTE.


SOTE: Birmingham

The School of Theatre Excellence is The Midland’s leading stage school, performing arts school and theatre school all rolled into one!

SOTE Birmingham opened in 2010 and offers musical theatre training for ages 8-18Students study an all round musical theatre package consisting of musical theatre ballet, jazz, tap, choral singing and acting.  Alongside group sessions students receive 1 to 1 singing lessons. Regular performance classes also offer students the opportunity to perform solos in front of their peer group, parents and industry professionals. Many students come to SOTE Birmingham with no previous experience, which we very much encourage, to receive a level of training akin to a full time stage school. On Sundays we have four groups of talented students who train with us for five hours. Sundays run from 11am to 4pm.

Our aim has always been to put The Midlands back on the map. The school has established a fantastic reputation within the industry, not only with leading casting directors (from theatre, television and film) but also leading West End Colleges, where many of our students have gone on to continue their training.

On Sunday 29th April 2018 SOTE produced a Variety Performance in aid of Molly Olly’s Wishes Charity at the New Alexandra Theatre. We were thrilled to have West End star Gary Wilmott and comedy legend Jimmy Cricket along with local comedian Nipper Thomas appearing. The gala raised over £10,500 for this great children’s charity. In June 2016 SOTE produced a Variety Performance in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity at the New Alexandra Theatre. Our reputation secured such West End stars as Marti Webb and Christopher Howard along with local comedians Barbara Nice and Steve Day were also thrilled to appear. We raised £10,500 for The Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. Due to the success of our Gala we aim to put one on each year raising money for local Midland charities.  In 2015 a similar event we produced raised £7,800 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

SOTE Birmingham were pleased to have two students in the original West End cast of the brand new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock. In 2015 we were  asked to supply students for professional productions of Cinderella at the Barclaycard Arena and in 2016 students appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Birmingham Hippodrome. In 2014 we supplied all the children for Miracle on 34th Street at the Alexandra Theatre and many of our students appeared in A Christmas Carol at The Rep. At Christmas 2017 our students performed in Peter Pan at the Birmingham Arena and then transferred with the show to Wembley Arena. In 2018 28 of our students were chosen to appear in Evita at the Birmingham Hippodrome. You can catch our students in the UK tour of Nativity the Musical and in Macbeth at the RSC. This christmas you can see our students on tour in Elf, The Musical at Cardiff, Genting Arena, Birmingham & Nottingham Arena.

We are thrilled to this year have 38 drama school offers for our students from top colleges including Mountview, Arts Ed, GSA, Bird College, Laine Theatre Arts, Studio Centre, Central & Brighton Academy for our students.

The School and students are assessed each year. We invite in a leading specialist Children’s Casting Director, Verity Naughton and Head of Dance from GAMTA Colleges, David Greenall. Students all have the opportunity to perform solo songs and monologues in front of the panel and receive professional feedback.

Our next FREE TASTER SESSION is on Thursday 21st February and you can also book a place for September intake. Contact us to book a place.

Have a look at our facebook page for footage of our weekly classes.

SOTE Birmingham is situated at:

The Dance Workshop in the heart of Moseley Village on the main Alcester Road (A435).

Public Transport:
Buses 1, 35 & 50.

There is a pay and display car park opposite the Post Office in the centre of the village. just 2 minutes walk.


The School of Theatre Excellence is Brighton & Hove’s leading stage school, performing arts school and theatre school all rolled into one!

SOTE Brighton opened in 2014 and offers musical theatre training for ages 6-16 every Saturday afternoon in term times.

Students study an all round musical theatre package consisting of musical theatre ballet, jazz, choral singing and acting.  Within the MT package students receive 1 to 1 singing lessons, with regular performance classes where students perform solo songs in front of their group, or on many occasions to the whole school and parents.  Many students come to SOTE with no previous experience, which we very much encourage.

SOTE Brighton is designed for nurturing talented students who have an enthusiasm for acting, singing & dancing and love to perform.  To join we encourage students to take a FREE TASTER SESSION where you will train with our current students. You will also receive a private singing lesson. At the end of the day we will have a short chat with both you and your parents to discuss everything that you have learnt and what you would like to achieve by joining the school.

Our next FREE TASTER SESSION in on Saturday 12th January contact us for more details.

SOTE Brighton session time is Saturday 12.30pm – 4.45pm (Ages 6-10)  12.45pm – 5.15pm (Ages 11-16)

Lessons are:
Company Dance Class (all Levels)
Choral Singing Class
Acting, Script Work & Improvisation
Musical Theatre Jazz & Tap
Regular Performance Classes

In addition to this, at no extra cost, SOTE hold regular West End workshops hosted by West End performers from their show. SOTE students also have regular performance classes in front of the group in an audition style which not only prepares them for future professional audition, enhances their confidence and provides them with valuable future life skills.

We are pleased to have students appear in professional theatre & TV productions. Students from SOTE have appeared in:

  • Gypsy (Chichester & West End)
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Tour)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (Tour)
  • CloudBusting (Brighton Festival)
  • This Boy Tom (Brighton Festival)
  • Tee & Mo (Television)
  • Oliver (Grange Park Opera)
  • Cinderella (Hilton, Dec 2017)
  • Pinocchio (Attenborough Theatre, Dec 2017)

Our Brighton school is situated at:

Brighton Academy Studios, Clermont Hall, Cumberland Rd, Brighton. BN1 6SL

Public Transport:
The studios are close to Preston Park train station.

There is onstreet parking around Cumberland Road.


SOTE: Agency

Through our agency SOTEagency we have been able to establish links with production companies and casting agents on both a local and national level. Student West End credits include:

  • The brand new West End Musical SCHOOL OF ROCK
  • Gypsy with Imelda Staunton at Chichester and in the West End

Recent local theatre productions include:

  • Motown The Musical (UK Tour)
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Fiddler On The Roof
  • Cinderella (Arena Birmingham)
  • Elf The Musical (Genting Arena & UK Tour)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Our Boy Tom
  • Cloudbusting
  • Pinocchio
  • Macbeth (RSC)
  • Peter Pan (Arena Birmingham & Uk Tour)
  • Evita

As well as credits in Television, Film and in Radio.

We are so proud of their successes.

To contact us regarding using our students in your production email info@soteagency.co.uk or call our agency office on 01273 457734


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