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:

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
Chloe Boulger
2019, Trojan Women, Polyxena
Barn Theatre
Katie Ross
Katie Ross
Actor
2019, Triluminate, Puppeteer
Garth Oates
Garth Oates
Actor
2019, Tounges, Gus Lawrence.
Rosebruford College
Abi Turner
Abi Turner
Lighting Designer
2019, Top Girls, Lighting Designer
Studio 1, Sidcup
Tegan Sewell
Tegan Sewell
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, Top Girls, Deputy Stage Manager
Alamo Perez
Alamo Perez
Actor
2019, Three Sisters, Baron Tuzenbach/Fedotik
Rose Bruford College
Katie Ross
Katie Ross
Actor
2019, Three Sisters, Irina
Diego Andres
Diego Andres
Actor
2019, Three Sisters, Vershinin
Rose Bruford
Abigail Huan
Abigail Huan
Actor
2019, Three Sisters, Irina Prozorov
Tegan Sewell
Tegan Sewell
Deputy Stage Manager
2019, This Ones For Me, Stage Manager
Merryn Johnson
2019, The Witch, Supporting Actor
Lorna Redburn
2019, The Witch, The Witch
Rachel King
Rachel King
Actor
2019, The Waiter, Female Lead
Rose Bruford
Maeve-Anne Allen
2019, The Waiter, Maeve-Anne
Rose Bruford and Sidcup
Ellie Gobey
Ellie Gobey
Actor
2019, The Waiter, Ellie, an actor
Eva Tritschler
2019, The Unreturn of Lydia Osborn, Una
Summerhall
Rebecca Baker
2019, The Unreturn of Lydia Osborn, Vera
Shoreditch Town Hall

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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