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:

2023, The Winters Tale, Clown
Moyege Oke
2022, The Tempest, Miranda
Rose Bruford
Cici Clarke
2021, Yerma, Yerma
Rose Bruford College
2021, Yerma, Maria, Dolores
2021, Yerma, Old Pagan Woman / Girl 2 / Old Woman 2
Grace Velvick
2021, Working: A Musical, Costume Supervisor
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
2021, Winter's Tale, Paulina
Rose Bruford
Rosa Higgs
2021, We Three, Oddly
Half Moon Theatre
2021, Venus In Fur, Vanda
Rosa Higgs
2021, Truth, Juliet
Stasha Dukic
2021, Triluminate, Puppeteer
Rose Bruford College
Patrick McCool
Lighting Designer
2021, This Rough Magic, Co-Lighting Designer
Lewisham College
2021, The Tempest, Ariel
2021, The Tempest, Prospero
Jack Druett
Gaffer / Lighting Director
2021, The Tempest, Production Electrician
Promenade Location
May Wells
Assistant Stage Manager
2021, The Tempest, Deputy Stage Manager
Hazel Young
Actor, Talent
2021, The Seagull, Nina
The Barn Theatre
Shannon Ward
2021, The House Of Bernada Alba, Adela Benavides Alba

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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