The Emirate of Sharjah has established Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) to address a growing demand in Sharjah and the region for formal quality education and professional training in the performing arts to enrich the cultural and artistic experiences of talented and inspiring students. SPAA will be the leading conservatoire in the region, offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree programmes in acting, musical theatre and production arts.

 The purpose-built, state of the art Academy opened its doors and welcomed the first cohort of aspiring and talented students from Sharjah, the UAE, and the rest of the world in September 2019.



The performing arts embraces a diverse range of performance environments and an endless number of styles and ideas. Freeing the imagination is at the heart of all we do.

Creativity is manifestly important to SPAA. It is the core component of every course, of every class and rehearsal. From creativity comes performance and to perform well requires the highest level of skill and craft to interpret creativity imaginatively and effectively. However, performance cannot exist in isolation and requires of the practitioner a deep and insightful understanding of cultural context, political and social conditions and the human condition in all its guises.

Sharjah Performing Arts Academy will provide a complete education for the performing artist and production professional. SPAA equips its graduates with the means to be credible contenders for work in the professional performing arts. We will produce graduates with a competitive edge in an international market, with all the necessary skills to develop a lasting career within this expanding creative industry. The reputation of the faculty and visiting teachers, the unrivalled quality of the facilities, the unbeatable location of the Academy and the determination to succeed provide the strongest platform in achieving these aims.

SPAA exists to celebrate, challenge, inform, educate, question, discover and share diversity in a safe environment where everyone strives for excellence and the best means of storytelling by embracing all cultures and all styles.