Alumni Impact | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Alumni Impact

Image of Tanika Gupta at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Graduation ceremony. Royal Festival Hall.


Central alumni are involved in a wide range of activities, including performing roles; creating and producing their own works; establishing and running social, business or charitable enterprises; taking professional positions and posts in other organisations and enterprises; teaching, training or coaching; and more. Some also progress to other degree programmes at Central or elsewhere.

We are always happy to hear news from our alumni about their activities, accomplishments and impact, at The latest news is reported here.

We also welcome alumni to stay involved in the CSSD community


Given the wide range of the activities in which they get involved, Central alumni have an impressive array of impacts. Most of the accomplishments reported to us involve the securing of opportunities to engage in performance-based work, whether through roles in productions, posts in production or theatre companies or arts organisations, teaching or coaching assignments, festival acceptances, and similar opportunities.

Many Central alumni also win prizes, scholarships, bursaries, grants, residencies, commissions, and other awards.  We track these as best we can. Some of the more public awards include the following:


Central has produced many alumni who are recognised as leaders or influencers in their fields. Some of these are household names, while others are respected within the confines of their particular fields or domains.


Over the decades Central alumni have created thousands of enterprises around the UK and the world. These include business, social and charitable enterprises, and range in size from new start-ups to long-running businesses.

Central-trained producers and production experts are well-represented on Broadway and in the West End, e.g. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Frozen, etc., and the economic and cultural value creation of their enterprises is substantial. In the last year alone, one such UK-based business employed 650 people and produced turnover of £133 million.