East 15 Acting School

Training Institution

  • Name
    East 15 Acting School
  • Established
    1961
  • Clients
    650
  • About
    For 50 years, East 15 has produced actors, directors, theatre practitioners and technicians for the international stage, TV, film and radio.

    East 15, based in Loughton on the edge of East London and founded by Margaret Bury, grew from the work of Joan Littlewood's famed Theatre Workshop, which broke new ground, re-interpreting the classics for a modern age, commissioning new plays from socially committed writers, and creating an ensemble capable of inventing new work.

    Much of the original approach was based upon the theories of Stanislavsky and over the years new training methods at East 15 have now embraced approaches from diverse practitioners.

    Since 2007, under the directorship of Leon Rubin, more than ten million pounds have been spent on new buildings and facilities for East 15 in Loughton and Southend-on-Sea, including the Clifftown Studios, offering studios, workshops and a state-of-the-art theatre and performance space. Several new programmes have also been developed to take the school into a new era of international and culturally diverse theatre and physical theatre performance territories.

    Now part of the University of Essex, East 15 is also a member of the leading group of UK conservatoires, CDS, and with appropriate courses accredited by NCDT, is now one of the largest specialist theatre schools in the UK, with a distinguished international teaching staff and an undergraduate and extensive postgraduate population of over 650 students.

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  • Stephanie Hazel
    Stephanie Hazel
    2011, BA World Performance
    Brilliant,firm basis in Western acting with a strong layer of other World theatre, worked through with masters in their own arts. Added extras of training in improvisation and comedy stand up which were greatly enjoyed. Options to pursue any particular area that interests you with opportunities in directing, devising, scriptwriting as well. Does a heck of a lot more performances than is usual for a standard drama course which is key experiance.
  • Ruggero Dalla Santa
    Ruggero Dalla Santa
    2011, BA World Performance
    The first course of its kind. It trains students not only in traditional western acting, but also in a number of different traditions such as: Beijing Opera, Kecak, Balinese Theatre, Hula, African Drumming, African Dance/Drama and others.
  • Andy Mcleod
    Andy Mcleod
    2010, Post Graduate Acting
    Excellent level of training.
  • David Holmes
    David Holmes
    2010, Post Graduate Acting
    My time at East 15 was a truely rewarding experience. I obtained skills and an acting philosophy that I will apply (hopefully) for years to come. The teaching, environment and the workings of the school have given me a chance to enter the profession as a confident, thinking performer.
  • Lawrence Russell
    Lawrence Russell
    2010, Post Graduate Acting
    Excellent training in many different disciplines, lead by a great team of tutors and industry professionals.
  • Maria Prevelli
    Maria Prevelli
    2010, MA IN THEATRE DIRECTING
    I found the course very beneficial as it helped me enrich my knowledge on directing as well as to improve my acting abilities, since it gave me the chance to take a monthly class on acting/directing in GITIS, Moscow.
  • Anna Swan
    Anna Swan
    2010, 3 yr. Acting
    East 15 is a great school that provides a strong actor training. The teachers are of a high standard and i would recommend attending the school for actor training, contemporary theatre, physical theatre and directing.
  • Rudy Heywood
    Rudy Heywood
    2010, 3 yr. Acting
    East 15 Acting school is incrediable and one of the leading method acting schools in the country. Each year is carefully structured to help you grow into a professional actor. At East 15 you will only get the very best in Directors and Teachers the industry has to offer. I loved my time at East 15 and it has made me the peron and Actor I'am today.
  • Joana Raio
    Joana Raio
    2010, BA Community Theatre
    The Community Theatre course is not only for plain characters!It is for artists who not only want to create their own craft but for those who want to do drama that matters. This includes Interventional Theatre with disadvantaged social groups or/and with a political/social intent (such as in a conflict area)TIE, Street Theatre, Forum, etc... Apart from all of this you also learn how to produce and manage any arts related event and how to become an independent artist capable of finding a job.If you want to know more just feel free to drop me an email here on CCP. Good Luck!
  • Matt Ingarfield
    Matt Ingarfield
    2010, BA (Hons) Physical Theatre
    I have been privileged enough to of been a member of the first ever graduating year in the Physical Theatre three year course at East 15. I have been immensely pleased with the training I have received, which has comprised of many complementary approaches to actor training as well as the opportunity to acquire an additional skills base in a variety of theatre forms.
  • Dave Hyett
    Dave Hyett
    2010, Physical Theatre
    This course is very diverse and challenges you to all varied techniques of the physical body. It uses everything from Acrobatics,circus,aerial,Growtowski to Acting
  • Peter Fogarty
    Peter Fogarty
    2010, 1 year Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts
    A year at East 15 studying the techniques and plays of Shakespeare, Stanislavski, Meisner, Moliere; as well as contemporary playwrights such as Roy Williams and David Hare. A general foundation into acting, learning about the business as well as learning about vocal and movement training.
  • Freya Parsons
    Freya Parsons
    2010, 3yr. Physical Theatre
    A grounded and varied course providing me with essential skills for a future in the Arts.
  • Eldredd Wolf
    Eldredd Wolf
    2010, Acting and Stage Combat
    This has been the most worthwhile thing I've ever done, taught by amazing tutors in amazing subjects need I say more. You will leave with a physical awareness rarely found in actors outside of physical theatre. Cannot possibly recommend enough.
  • Monica Gaga
    Monica Gaga
    2010, 3rd yr Community Theatre
    The three years on this course has had it ups and downs, but essentially I believe that my degree has put me in good steed in the professional world. I have gained a lot of hands on experience with all a lot of different groups in the community all of which I have packed onto my C.V. In addition to this I have experience in performance. This course has given we an all round view and experience of theatre. After this course you will have experienced the following and so much more: Puppetry Dance Acting Performance Circus Playwriting Devising Singing Arts Administration How to lead a workshop How to set up a theatre company How to put together a street theatre weekend Self management I would suggest this course to anyone who wants to make a difference in the world and believes that they can do it through theatre.
  • Kiell Smith-Bynoe
    Kiell Smith-Bynoe
    2010, 3 yr. Acting
    I loved E15, evevy single day i learned something that made me a better actor, whether it was from the lessons, the teachers, the fellow students or something i watched that didn't work.. I really feel like i'm well equipped to go out in the world and be a successful actor. Its a place where everyone strives to better each other and have a positive environment to work in.
  • Simon Nicholas
    Simon Nicholas
    2009, Post Graduate Acting
    This was an excellent course for me. It was demanding and challenging and supported my shift into a professional acting career. The skills I learned and the emphasis on creating theatre really helps to prepare actors for a career into today's demanding environment. This is a course that you will get more out of if you are prepared to put your whole self in. It is practical rather than accademic, and has little time or space to coast or relax...but that is what you want right?
  • Ellie Bateman
    Ellie Bateman
    2009, 3 yr Acting and Contemporary Theatre
    I truly believe that East 15 Acting School was the best place I could have gone to. It changed my life - and that is no exaggeration. I was on the Acting and Contemporary Theatre course and although it was highly challenging and sometimes left me feeling, ' what am I doing here, ' I wouldn't have had it any other way. We had such variety in our training - physical theatre, devising, physical comedy&clowning, site-specific theatre, film and mixed media, writing workshops with April De Angelis, acrobatics....the list goes on. So I left feeling like a well rounded performer, and a fearless one, able to do whatever was asked of me in an audition, and more than capable of creating my own work and not having to rely on anyone else to get it for me.
  • Angelina Logis
    Angelina Logis
    2009, 3 years Acting(Contemporary Theatre)
    Being in the Contemporary course at East 15 was definitely one of the best experience in my all life. From the audition to get in to my graduation it was brilliant. I have grown up so much as an actor,it is a course complete and I feel really lucky to have been able to do it at East 15 Acting School. Best choice ever!
  • Padma Damodaran
    Padma Damodaran
    2009, Post Graduate Acting
    Brilliant teachers. Committed to path-breaking, socio-political-psychological theatre that is at the same time wholly entertaining and musically driven. Great campus at Loughton. No beating around the bush here, no pampering to critics or the elite. This is about real theatre, for anyone who wants to watch it. Have fun while learning to make theatre that will make you sit up.
  • Paul Rich
    Paul Rich
    2008, 3 Yr Contemporary Theatre
    I can't recommend this course more highly to anyone with a passion for modern theatre and contemporary writing. This is where the future of modern theatre is. This gives you the opportunity to be a part of it! You have to work hard, but it's fun so you don't mind. Creating your own theatre... what can be more special?
  • Mark Starr
    Mark Starr
    2007, Post Graduate Acting
    The one-year Post Graduate course at East 15 was, for me, the most effective method of entering the profession. Well structured and challenging, it allowed me to acquire an overall background knowledge of theatre in general and useful, day to day disciplines and techniques which have stood me in good stead in my career to date. Neither the cheapest nor the most expensive in terms of course fees, I feel that the Post Graduate Acting course at East 15 was good value for money with a strong "no nonsense" content presented by seasoned tutors who really knew their stuff. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone who wants to actually get their hands dirty and work as an actor rather than seeking an ethereal and academic experience of theatre.
  • Lucy Wilkins
    Lucy Wilkins
    2007, Post Graduate Acting
    I loved this course. I learnt so much about myself and performing. I now feel so much more confident in my own abilities. Also the campus is fantastic, I love the grounds and the theatre and the staff were all really friendly and supportive. The hardest year of work I have ever had and I loved every second, would do it again in a heart beat.
  • Francis Adams
    Francis Adams
    2007, Post Graduate Acting
    Fantastic Course, Fantastic School, Friends made for life. A great experience.
  • Sophia Jackson
    Sophia Jackson
    2005, 1 yr foundation course in Acting
    Amazing! Best year ever, I learnt so much and was ready for a 3 year ba after doing it.
  • Alasdair Shanks
    Alasdair Shanks
    2005, 3 yr. Acting
    E15 is a wonderful school that is run by people that really care about the students and the school. I won't lie and say it was the easiest 3 years of my life, but it was definatly what I needed to become a working actor.
  • Oliver Chatham
    Oliver Chatham
    2005, 3 yr. Acting
    enjoyed ever year and every minute of the three year course. the school wins the Laurence Olivier award almost every year pitted agains all other top acting schools so that alone tells you that they are doing something wright. the teachers and directors there are first class and the grounds the school has to offer it young budding method actors is un-rivaled. And last the audition process i found to be the best of all. oliver chatham
  • Bobbie Brightman
    Bobbie Brightman
    2003, 3 yr. Acting
    East 15 provided me with the skills to be a strong actress and to create my own work. I thought the training was thorough and enjoyable. Great times.
  • Maggie Tulip
    Maggie Tulip
    2002, 3 yr. Acting
    I had a fantastic time at E15,a chance to be very creative ,very hard work but bags of fun! learned a lot about myself, how to be someone else truthfully and made a lot of great friends . I remain close to a select few and always will be. No regrets just great memories.Life changing stuff.x
  • Alice Fernbank
    Alice Fernbank
    2002, Post Graduate Acting
    The course at East 15 was excellent at the time I took it. I can not speak for it now, but in 2002 it gave me an excellent grounding from which to develop my career as an actor. I still use many of the skills I learnt at East 15. In fact there are many things I was taught that I didn't understand at the time but have become clear as my career has developed.
  • Charlotte Mounter
    Charlotte Mounter
    2001, 3 yr. Acting
    East 15 Acting School highly recommended. I did the 3 year BA in Acting and through this course was able to learn about the craft of acting from some of the best professionals in the business.As well as that I did vocal, movement, music and dance classes daily all helping aquire the skills to becoming a successful working actor. Charlotte.
  • Neil Patrick
    Neil Patrick
    1998, 3 yr. Acting
    My time at East was a great time of learning and discovery, not just as an actor but as a person. Intense? Yes but in a supportive enviroment that allows for failures as well as flourishes that is an excellent way to prepare for the tough life and career that an actor has ahead of them. It is a long time now since I graduated, 12 years in fact but the ethos of East 15 is more than just a fad or a passing phase.
  • John Paton
    John Paton
    1996, Post Graduate Acting
    Had a great post graduate experience. Crammed with learning opportunities - so many that only had time to grap those that worked for my personal learning skills
  • Garry Roost
    Garry Roost
    1982, 3 yr. Acting
    East15 Acting School was excellent preparation for entering a very tough profession. The School has now developed into one of the leading drama/acting schools in the UK today. The facilities are second to none !

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