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.


Connected mandy members:

Lampri Dimitriadi
2020, Ghosts, Mrs Alving
Rose Bruford College
Lampri Dimitriadi
2020, Every Brilliant Thing, Narrator
Rose Bruford College
Daniele Antonini
2020, Enter, Max
Yasmin Brook
Yasmin Brook
Assistant Stage Manager
2020, Desdemona's Child, Deputy Stage Manager
Barn Theatre
Felix Kröger
Felix Kröger
Stage Manager
2020, Actors Showcase, Company Stage Manager on the book
Trafalgar Studios
Molly Walker
Molly Walker
Actor
2019, Wounds to the Face, Mother
rose theatre
Aurea Williamson
2019, Why is John Lennon Wearing A Skirt, Rose
The Barn Theatre, Rose Bruford
Hannah Josephine
Hannah Josephine
Set Designer
2019, Vernon God Little, Set and Costume Designer
Stratford Circus Arts Center
Charlie Noble
2019, VERNON GOD LITTLE, Sheriff Porkorney, Mr Keeter, Brian Big
Stratford Ats Centre
Anastasia Benham
2019, Vernon God Little, Silas, Eileena, Convict 1
Stratford Arts Theatre
David Fallon
David Fallon
Actor
2019, Vernon God Little, Musical Director
Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Joe Pilling
Joe Pilling
Lighting Designer
2019, Utero, Lighting Designer
Alamo Perez
Alamo Perez
Actor
2019, Uncle Vanya (Project), Vanya
Rose Bruford College
Sophie Todd
Sophie Todd
Actor
2019, Trojan Women, Debutante/Chorus
Rose Bruford College
Amber Rose Carr
2019, Trojan Women, Helen
The Barn Theatre
Halldora Thoell
2019, Trojan Women, Hecuba
Rose Bruford College
Sara Kennaugh
2019, Trojan Women, Hecuba
Rose Bruford
Darcey O'Rourke
2019, Trojan Women, Chorus / Debutante
Rose Bruford College
Joseph Long
Joseph Long
Actor
2019, Trojan Women, Menelaus/Soldier
Barn Theatre
Nat Green
Nat Green
Lighting Designer
2019, Trojan Women, Lighting Designer
Barn Theatre, Sidcup

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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