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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Moyege Oke
Actor
2022, The Tempest, Miranda
Rose Bruford
2021, Yerma, Old Pagan Woman / Girl 2 / Old Woman 2
2021, Yerma, Maria, Dolores
Zoom
Cici Clarke
Actor
2021, Yerma, Yerma
Rose Bruford College
Molly Tackaberry
Stage Manager
2021, Working: A Musical, Stage Manager
Unicorn Theatre
Imogen Brown
Stage Manager
2021, Working, Assistant Stage Manager
Unicorn Theatre
Moyege Oke
Actor
2021, Winter's Tale, Paulina
Rose Bruford
2021, Venus In Fur, Vanda
Stasha Dukic
Actor
2021, Triluminate, Puppeteer
Rose Bruford College
Patrick McCool
Lighting Designer
2021, This Rough Magic, Co-Lighting Designer
Lewisham College
Lise Cosme
Actor
2021, The Winter's Tale, First Lady / Shepherd / Time
2021, The Wheel, MJ
The Barn, Sidcup
May Wells
Stage Manager
2021, The Tempest, Deputy Stage Manager
Promenade
Shannon Ward
Actor
2021, The House Of Bernada Alba, Adela Benavides Alba
Max Potter
Actor
2021, THE HOTHOUSE - SCENE STUDIES PROJECT, Roote
Patrick McCool
Lighting Designer
2021, The Death of Neitzche, Lighting Designer
Lewisham College
Fred Muthui
Actor
2021, The Crucible, John Proctor
Georgina Dicker
Costume Maker (Assistant)
2021, The Apartment, Costume Supervisor
Lise Cosme
Actor
2021, Shards Of Life, Elena
Daisy Francis-Bryden
Stage Manager
2021, Rose Bruford Productions, Front of House Manager
Rose Bruford

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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