History - The School of the Science of Acting History - The School of the Science of Acting


The School was founded in 1991 by the late Sam Kogan, a past student of Maria Knebel at GITIS, Moscow. Knebel was a student and later colleague of Konstantin Stanislavski

In September 1995, after 18 months of continuous visits by various inspectors who had checked everything from the fire certificate to the quality of the final productions of the directing students, we became the first drama school to be recognised as efficient by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education (BAC). The BAC is a registered charity, whose members are chosen by many of the organisations concerned with maintaining educational standards in Great Britain.

In 2000 the School was independently assessed and endorsed by the British Standards Institution.  This system provided a practical means of continually aspiring to the best in, and the monitoring of, all aspects of the School including: quality of management, provision of teaching staff, development of courses, efficiency of administration, and satisfaction of our students in respect of the education they receive.

In 2009, the official text book on ‘The Science of Acting’ was published by Routledge and is now available worldwide. The The School of the Science of Acting is one of the very few (if not only) drama schools in the world with a book published on the acting technique it has founded and developed.

In April 2014, the School undertook an educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). This resulted in the School being awarded a full-confidence judgement across all of the reviews assessment criteria. The reviews full report gives exceptional commendations to a high number of features regarding the School’s management of academic standards and quality of its learning opportunities.