Tera Sheerin, a senior at Riverside Junior Senior High School, has been accepted to the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in England. Tera is one of only six US students accepted to the Institute this year. Tera will major in acting and stated ” I can’t believe my dream has come true! Liverpool was my top choice!”


The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training. It was co-founded by our Lead Patron Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty OBE (LIPA’s Principal), and is housed in his old school, which underwent a multi-million pound renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution.

Today LIPA is an acknowledged part of the UK’s higher education provision for the performing arts, recognised and ranked alongside institutions a lot older. LIPA provides learning for the main skills needed for putting on a show (performers and those who make performance possible), uniquely blending specialist and generic skills.

LIPA offers degree courses in Acting, Community Drama, Dance, Music Theatre and Entertainment Management, Music, Sound Technology, Theatre and Performance Design and Theatre and Performance Technology. We also run full-time one year Foundation Certificates in Acting and Musical Theatre; Commercial Dance and Popular Music and Sound Technology.