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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Patrick MacDonald
2019, Presentation Evening, Mark - After The End
Rose Bruford College
Izzy Myatt
Izzy Myatt
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Preach, Stage Manager
Hoxton Hall
Nat Green
Nat Green
Lighting Designer
2019, Preach, Lighting Designer
Hoxton Hall
Yasmin Brook
Yasmin Brook
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Post19, ASM Cover
Rose Bruford College Studios
Daniel St Clair-Smith
Daniel St Clair-Smith
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Post 19th Century Text, Stage Manager
Alamo Perez
Alamo Perez
Actor
2019, Port (Scene Study Project), Danny Miller
Rose Bruford College
Élodie Pasqualini
2019, Picnic, Flo Owens
Rose Bruford College
Hazel Young
Hazel Young
Actor
2019, Picnic, Madge
Rose Bruford
Katie Louise Berry
2019, Picnic, Madge Owens
Rose Bruford College
Scott Slocombe
2019, Picnic, Hal Carter
Rose Bruford College
Rebecca Baker
2019, Pericles: Prince of Tyre, Lychorida/Thaliart/Daughter
St Barnabas Church
Jodie Veronica Alma
2019, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Pander
Summerhall
Steffi Yasemin Renique
2019, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Thaisa and Helicanus
Isadora Baccon
2019, Pericles Prince of Tyre, Multi-Role
Summerhall
Ivan Nenchev
Ivan Nenchev
Actor
2019, Our Country's good, Captain Arthur Philip
Rose Bruford
Ivan Nenchev
Ivan Nenchev
Actor
2019, Our Country's good, John Wisehammer
Rose Bruford
Amal El-hawrani
2019, Othello, Othello
Rose Bruford College
Stasa Dukic
Stasa Dukic
Actor
2019, NeurHack, Nicole
Half Moon Theater
Abi Turner
Abi Turner
Lighting Designer
2019, Musicality, Production Electrician
The Barn Theatre, Sidcup
Rebecca Lyons
2019, Market Boy, Fish woman
Rose Theatre

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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