Rose Bruford College

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In 1950, Rose Bruford – a trained actress and verse and speech teacher who taught at the Royal Academy of Music – founded a unique drama school that unified theatre practice and drama education into one curriculum. She aimed to train actors who could teach and teachers who could act. Her college, dedicated at first to the training of drama teachers, officially opened on July 6, 1951 as The Rose Bruford Training College for Speech and Drama. The acting work then, as now, was based on the theories and principles of Konstantin Stanislavski.

Rose was part of a pioneering British post-war movement that saw theatre training as more than an elite, privileged activity. Her school, and its famous Theatre Arts programme, produced practitioners with an informed view of their responsibilities as communicators and educators. Graduates were teachers and theatre workers who were fluent in the theory and practice of theatre making. In 1976, the College created and began offering the first UK Honours Degree in professional acting and theatre practice.

Rose Bruford was interested in the community of theatre and the role of the theatre in the life of the community. She and every Principal to succeed her have led an institution that has produced graduates who have made significant contributions to the development of theatre production and practice and theatre education worldwide. Today, the international scope of the College is significant.

While much has changed at the College since its founding, especially with the addition of more BA and MA programmes and professional programmes in performance and technical arts, Rose Bruford’s pioneering philosophy and vision are still at the heart of its mission. Students from different walks of life study at our campus in Sidcup or by distance learning in other parts of the world. At undergraduate level, our programmes provide specialist pathways into the creative industries alongside opportunities to study particular styles and genres of theatre practice. Our postgraduate students are developing and extending their knowledge into advanced areas of theatre, theory and performance, and the postgraduate programmes we offer provide platforms for research and innovative theatre making.


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Stasa Dukic
Stasa Dukic
Actor
2021, Triluminate, Puppeteer
Rose Bruford College
Anna Bye
Anna Bye
Actor
2020, Victoria's Knickers, Leah
Molly Walker
Molly Walker
Actor
2020, Victoria's Knickers, Isabel
Lara Askew
Lara Askew
Actor
2020, The Wolves, #25
Tessa Boulding
2020, The Wolves, #2
Rose Bruford
Adelina Felgas Freitas
2020, The Tempest, Ariel
The Mac, Belfast
Rebecca Lyons
2020, The Gut Girls, Emily
Stratford Circus
Daniele Antonini
2020, The Gut Girls, Arthur C. Smythe
Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Marie Johnson
2020, The Corn is Green, Mrs Moffat
Hannah Woodey
Hannah Woodey
Costume Assistant
2020, Spring Awakening, Costume Supervisor
Stratford East Arts Centre
Lizzie Bond
Lizzie Bond
Assistant Stage Manager
2020, Spring Awakening, Deputy Stage Manager/Light Board Op
Stratford Circus
Marie Johnson
2020, Rose Burford Showcase, Medea - Euripides
Espen Karlsen
Espen Karlsen
Lighting Designer
2020, romeo and juliet, lD
Marie Johnson
2020, Our Country's Good, Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark
Aoife Boyle
Aoife Boyle
Actor
2020, Measure for Measure, Isabella
Aoife Boyle
Aoife Boyle
Actor
2020, Love and Information, Multiple roles
Adelina Felgas Freitas
2020, Little Shop of Horror, Plant
Black Box, Belfast
Clare Noy
Clare Noy
Actor
2020, Gut Girls, Lady Helena
Stratford Circus
Lampri Dimitriadi
2020, Ghosts, Mrs Alving
Rose Bruford College
Lampri Dimitriadi
2020, Every Brilliant Thing, Narrator
Rose Bruford College

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Alternative Company Names

Bruford, RBC production, Rosde Bruford School of speech and drama, Rose Bruford, Rose Bruford Actors, Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Perfromance, Rose Bruford College/Paines Plough, Rose Bruford Productions, Rose Bruford Summer School, Rose Bruford Theatre, Rose Burford College