|Founder||Sorrel Carson and Caryll Ziegler|
|Affiliations||Trinity College London, CDET, Federation of Drama Schools, St Mary's University, Twickenham|
The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) was a British drama school. It had two sites: ALRA South on Wandsworth Common in south London and ALRA North in Wigan, Greater Manchester. It was founded in 1979 by director and actor Sorrel Carson who then directed the school as its principal until 2001. The current acting principal was Kieran Sheehan.
ALRA was a member of Drama UK, formerly the Conference of Drama Schools, and National Council for Drama Training, both organizations since dissolved, and receives funding from the Young People's Learning Agency. It was a member of the Federation of Drama Schools.
It was announced that ALRA was to close with effect from 4 April 2022. Students were offered the chance to complete their studies at Rose Bruford College.
ALRA South was in the Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, a Victorian Gothic Grade 2 listed building on the edge of Wandsworth Common. Until 1982/3 it was in a converted church hall in East Finchley, North London. The first school was opened in a Church Hall in East Finchley in 1979.
ALRA North, was in Wigan, Greater Manchester, opened in September 2010. The curriculum and teaching methods are the same as at ALRA South.
ALRA offered the following courses:
Admission to the school was based on three rounds of auditions and finally an interview with the school's directors, its registrar and an audition panel. The audition was held over the course of a single day.