Prospectus 2019 - East 15 Acting School
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“East 15’s extraordinary legacy and its reputation for rigorous and inspired teaching ensures students consistently display an unusual degree of courage, vision and versatility that is very exciting to watch.” Colin Firth OBE
Contents 4 Director’s welcome 6 About this prospectus 7 About East 15 8 Actor Skills at East 15 9 Prizes and Awards at East 15 10 Loughton Campus 12 Southend Campus 14 Support Services 15 Accommodation 16 Staff at East 15 21 Undergraduate study at East 15 22 BA Acting 24 BA Acting (International) 26 BA Acting and Community Theatre 28 BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre 30 BA Acting and Stage Combat 32 BA Physical Theatre 34 BA World Performance 36 BA Stage and Production Management 38 BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film) 40 Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts 42 Applying to East 15 as an undergraduate 44 Undergraduate auditions 46 Postgraduate study at East 15 48 MA Acting 50 MA/MFA Acting (International) 52 MA/MFA Theatre Directing 54 Applying to East 15 as a postgraduate 56 Postgraduate auditions 58 Summer Courses 60 Money matters 64 University of Essex 65 Further information
Welcome to the East 15 prospectus 4 Director’s welcome Prospectus 2019 As you will read in the pages combination of resources and locations that follow, East 15 offers an enables us to offer a broad and diverse extraordinary, dynamic and range of courses at BA and MA/MFA unique portfolio of courses that level, and make use of innovative and span many areas of training for excellently equipped learning facilities, East 15 actors, directors, technical theatre such as the state-of-the-art Clifftown specialists and students of theatre Theatre (www.Clifftowntheatre.com) and practice. In addition to the carefully suites of studios and technical facilities at selected UK students, we also both campuses. We have an outstanding www.east15.ac.uk teach and train students from student satisfaction rating in the UK of over 26 countries worldwide 95% total satisfaction in national student (www.east15.ac.uk) surveys. Here at East 15 we draw upon our As part of the University of Essex, one traditions of over 50 years, while of the UK’s leading academic institutions combining this with a keen sense of the (www.essex.ac.uk), we pride ourselves changing world of stage and screen today. on placing excellence at the top of our Director Leon Rubin with recent graduates Our training is by professionals and for agenda in all our work. professionals, allowing our graduates to I look forward to meeting many of you work successfully across the globe. Our at auditions and interviews, and working international, outstanding teaching faculty with those of you that join East 15 for your is made up of professionals from all areas study and training. of live and recorded performance. We have two first class campuses in Loughton, on the edge of London, and in picturesque Southend-on-Sea. This Leon Rubin
About this prospectus 6 About this prospectus This prospectus has been prepared in Further information Spring 2018 for courses available from East 15 Acting School is part September 2019. of the University of Essex . Although great care is taken in compiling this prospectus, it is for the general At Loughton guidance of prospective students only. East 15 Acting School East 15 Acting School cannot guarantee Hatfields Campus the provision of all courses and services Rectory Lane advertised in the event of circumstances Loughton IG10 3RY beyond its control and therefore reserves the right to make changes or cancel any Telephone: +44 (0)20 8508 5983 course without notice, should this become necessary. The School cannot be held At Southend responsible for failure/delay in performing East 15 Acting School obligations caused by things beyond its Southend Campus reasonable control, such as fire, flood or Elmer Approach industrial action. For the most up-to-date Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LW information, please contact East 15 directly. The full Procedures, Rules and Telephone: +44 (0)1702 328200 Regulations for the University of Essex Fax: +44 (0)1702 328201 are set out in the Charter, Statutes E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and Ordinances and in the University Website: www.east15.ac.uk Prospectus 2019 Regulations, Policy and Procedures. Art Director/Editor: Kevin Wyatt-Lown Copies are available on request from the University. In accepting the offer of Designers: FdK Design Consultants a place at the University, you consent to Photographers: Gemma Mount, incorporation of this notice as a term of Andrew H. Williams, Kevin Wyatt-Lown, contract between you and the University. Tongchai O Hansen, Robin Little East 15 Quality assurance The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) last undertook a Review of the University from www.east15.ac.uk 2-5 December 2014. This Review found that the University meets all expectations required of higher education providers, ACTING SCHOOL and commended the University's focus on improving the student learning experience. A copy of the full report is available on the QAA website at: www.qaa.ac.uk/ reviews/reports
About East 15 7 About East 15 For over 50 years, important contemporary trainers. East 15 has produced In 2000, East 15 merged with the actors, directors, University of Essex, a leading UK theatre practitioners research-intensive university, opening and technicians for the an exciting new chapter in the history international stage, TV, of both institutions and offering more film and radio. opportunities to students. East 15, based in Since 2007, under the directorship Loughton on the edge of of Leon Rubin, more than 13 million East London and founded pounds have been spent on new buildings by Margaret Bury, grew from and facilities for East 15 in Loughton and the work of Joan Littlewood’s Southend-on-Sea, including the Clifftown famed Theatre Workshop, which broke Theatre and Studios, once a Victorian new ground, re-interpreting the classics gothic church in Southend which now for a modern age, commissioning new enjoys a new lease of life, converted into plays from socially committed writers, and studios, workshops and a state-of-the- creating an ensemble capable of inventing art theatre and performance space. In new work. It evolved into an outstanding that period several new programmes ensemble that combined inspired, have also been developed to take the improvisational brilliance with method, school into a new era of international technique, research, text analysis and the and culturally diverse stage and screen intense expression of truthful emotion. performance territories. Much of the original approach was based East 15 is one of a leading group upon the theories of Stanislavsky and over of UK conservatoires. It is now one of the years new training methods at East the largest specialist theatre schools in 15 have now embraced approaches from the UK, with a distinguished international diverse practitioners, such as Michael teaching staff and an undergraduate Chekhov, Rudolf Laban, Jerzy Grotowski, and extensive postgraduate population Jacques Lecoq, Peter Brook and other of over 770 students.
Actor skills at East 15 8 Actor skills at East 15 East 15’s training emphasises a balance Voice Music between personal discovery, intuition The voice teachers at East 15 aim to equip Students with the ability to play musical and technical skills. The aim is to give students with the skills required to release instruments can develop those talents students the basic awareness and their full vocal potential beyond the and there are numerous possibilities to confidence that will allow them to limits of “habit” voice. Students combine play in ensembles for private and public continue to learn and perfect their emotional truth with theatrical energy performances at East 15. Although craft in the years to come. using techniques derived from leading instrumental playing is not part of the Movement physical and vocal practitioners like Laban, assessment, actors who develop such Chekhov, Berry and Linklater. skills certainly enhance their employability. The main focus of the movement programme at East 15 is to encourage Singing Media confident, focussed, flexible, imaginative, Actors must have a good feel for music, East 15 students are introduced to the physically expressive and truthful actors. even if they cannot sing a note. Students techniques and disciplines of working The course is based on dynamic alignment at East 15 will learn to understand the with recorded digital and online media. (which may include Alexander, Authentic rudiments of music and be able to Movement, Bartenieff, Body Centring approach a song with confidence and Preparation for the industry Experiential Anatomy and Pilates), feeling. Students with musical theatre Guest lectures and workshops, given by characterisation techniques (including potential will be encouraged further industry specialists, help prepare East 15 Laban, Grotowski, Lecoq and Chekhov- although the overall emphasis is on students for the complexity of working based work), dance (including jazz and acting through song. in theatre, film, TV and related areas. ballet) and stage combat. Prospectus 2019 East 15 www.east15.ac.uk
Prizes and Awards at East 15 9 Prizes and Awards for East 15 As one of the UK’s leading acting schools, Livia Heim (2014) Lucy East 15 has a number of students and Townsend (2013) and graduates who have won awards and Gerel Falconer (2012). competitive scholarships over the last few years. East 15 Awards There are several awards Carleton Hobbs Award made which are unique to This Bursary provides winning students a East 15 contract for six months work with the BBC The Elizabeth Mills Radio Drama Department. A long list of Award was established East 15 students have enjoyed recognition in 2015 and is worth through this competition. £2,500. First awarded Past winners have included BA to BA Acting student Acting graduates Roslyn Hill (2014) and Patricia Allison, the 2016 commended nominees have included recipient was BA Acting Patricia Allison (2017) Joseph Ayre (2016) and Contemporary and Andrea Valls (2015). Theatre student Cara Baldwin. BA Acting and BA Acting and Community Theatre student Jennifer Woodward, The John Gielgud Bursary Contemporary Theatre receives the 2017 Lillian Bayliss Award from David Suchet CBE. student Louise Barron This is worth between £2,500 and £4,500. received the award in Winning students from East 15 have 2017. included Samuel Edmunds (2017, £4,500), There is an on-going annual programme The Jacob’s Ladder Bursary Gabriella Leon (2016, £4.500) Kathleen of awarding New Production Awards, was established in 2016 and makes Hood (2015, £4.500) and Jamie Riley made to new companies created multiple awards totalling £25,000 (2014, £4,500). by both existing and past students. each year. In 2016 there were eight awards made. In 2017 some fifteen As well as supporting productions at The Laurence Olivier Bursary students benefited from the Bursary. the Edinburgh Fringe, these companies This is worth up to £7,500 for a student The £500 Tim Welling Award have also taken plays to the Brighton, entering the third year of BA Acting and commemorates a past student of the Camden and New York Fringe Festivals. is presented by the Society of London school and is awarded to a BA Acting In 2017 some £36,000 was awarded Theatres. East 15 students have regularly student. It was first awarded in 2014 to new companies. won this outstanding prize. In 2017 two to Ellie Moon. Subsequent winners In addition, the University of awards were made: Precious Mustapha was have been Katie Neil (2015), Hadley Essex hosts a no-cost crowdfunding awarded £7,500 while Jesse Jones received Brown (2016) and Jacob Reid (2017) programme which is open to all £4,000. Other winners have included; Also commemorating a past current and past students and, in Paisley Fay Jackson (2016) Rebecca Saffir student, and again worth £500, many cases, also offers match funding (2015) and Lottie Finklaire (2014) while in the Thomas Bennett Comedy for projects. Last year it supported 2012 Nayatia Hinds and Nathalie Wain were Award is awarded to a BA Acting some 15 productions to the tune of each awarded £2000. and Contemporary Theatre student. over £18,500. Sidonia Doica won this in 2017. Lilian Baylis Award Postgraduate Scholarships This is worth £1,500 and has been Edinburgh Festival and beyond There are a number of Bursaries and Scholarships available to consistently won by students from East Supporting career progression is an Postgraduate Students. 15, including Jennifer Woodward (2017) important part of the East 15 ethos. Ben Ayers (2016) Isabella Javor (2015)
Loughton Campus 10 Loughton Campus East 15 has three sites in Loughton: the Littlewood Studio and East 15’s Hatfields, Roding House and Unit Four. costume department. Each is just a five-minute walk from the Unit Four is a £1.5 million facility which nearest London Underground station, is home to the Stage and Production Debden, on the eastern branch of the Management department and it is situated Central Line and only thirty minutes next to Roding House. by tube from Central London, West End theatres and all other major tube Hatfields Student resources and mainline stations and termini There are 28 rehearsal studios at including Eurostar. Additionally, East 15 Hatfields, including a dance studio, Loughton Campus often presents students’ own work at radio recording room, Mac editing lab theatres and studios in London. and screening room. Computing facilities The campus offers a perfect balance In the Summer of 2016 work began and the library between access to the rich, cultural on a major set of new buildings and As part of a multi-million pound diversity of London while also providing facilities that will make this the best investment in the further an environment in which to study in an equipped single campus drama school development of resources on the attractive and peaceful setting. Loughton in the UK. Loughton Campus, 2017 saw the is situated on the edge of Epping Forest, opening of a new IT suite and a 6,000 acre ancient woodland which The Corbett Theatre extended Campus library. In addition, is ideal for leisure pursuits including Hatfields is also home to the Corbett there are also computer facilities at walking, running, cycling and horse riding. Theatre, named in honour of Harry H Roding House and at Unit Four, all The residential area around Loughton Corbett, a key Theatre Workshop member providing internet access, printing and Prospectus 2019 offers a rich variety of shops, restaurants, and early benefactor of East 15. The photocopying. There is also wireless pubs and cafés and has a Leisure Centre building is a medieval tithe barn that was connectivity throughout the site. providing gym and pool facilities. dismantled and transported to Hatfields Students can also use the library The hub of Hatfields is a beautiful in the 1960s. These unusual origins resources at the Southend Campus Georgian dower house, set in six acres create a unique performance space with and the University of Essex’s of lawns with orchards, flowerbeds and a a unique environment for students to Colchester Campus library, which has East 15 small lake, providing an idyllic atmosphere perform in. Combined with full technical holdings of over one million books for study, relaxation and performance. facilities, tiered seating for 125 people and microfilms, as well as some The site also offers a range of rehearsal and fitted dressing rooms, the theatre 7,300 current periodicals. Books are spaces, a Dance Studio and the school’s provides an excellent resource for public www.east15.ac.uk delivered to Loughton via a daily own, fully equipped theatre. The Corbett productions. Lectures, rehearsals and Theatre was built inside a medieval tithe technical classes also take place here, Roding House barn and is used extensively for student while the adjacent Theatre Foyer Bar and Roding House contains ten rehearsal productions. Café provides a social meeting point for rooms, a green room/café, a sound Just a short walk from Hatfields students and staff. recording studio and a video editing is Roding House, a £1.3 million suite. East 15’s extensive costume facility containing rehearsal spaces, department is also based here. Unit Four Unit Four is situated next to Roding House and is home to East 15’s Stage and Production Management department. The Unit contains a large workshop, paint shop, prop shop, prop storage facilities and teaching spaces.
Southend 12 Southend Campus Campus The Southend Campus is sited in the heart of Southend-on-Sea and is served by excellent transport links. Southend Central railway station, with journey times to central London taking less than one hour, is adjacent to the Gateway Building and Southend Airport, offering budget flights to many European and UK destinations, including Edinburgh, is just three miles away. Southend is the largest town in Essex and a vibrant seaside resort with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. In recent years it has been transformed by a redevelopment and enhancement scheme. It has seven miles of award- winning beaches and the longest pleasure pier in the world. Other social amenities and facilities in the town include three theatres, Student resources The Students’ Union museums, numerous art galleries and The Students’ Union facility at the The Gateway Building Prospectus 2019 libraries. There are over 650 acres of Southend Campus provides a dedicated parks and gardens, a fun park and a The Gateway Building houses a space for students to meet, have a watersports centre, a bowling alley, purpose-built suite specifically for East coffee, relax and watch films or sport. leisure centres, pubs, clubs, cafés’ 15 students. This includes fully-equipped, It runs a wide variety of entertainment and restaurants. state-of-the art rehearsal studios with throughout the term, such as panoramic views across Southend-on- international nights and open mic nights. East 15 Sea, plus seminar rooms, computer labs and media production resources Clifftown Studios and Theatre including an Apple Mac edit suite. Following the purchase of this www.east15.ac.uk magnificent Victorian former church in The Forum the heart of Southend’s conservation Opened in September 2013, The Forum area, it has been converted into a Southend-on-Sea offers a brand new variety of unique spaces for rehearsals, resource to enhance your student technical and practical work and experience. East 15 students have round performances. The church nave, with its the clock, secure access to the Learning original organ and stained glass windows Hub, which provides innovative IT and now provides an inspirational and study spaces. The Forum also houses an atmospheric environment, re-designed integrated public and academic library, to accommodate the needs of a 21st carrying books and other materials to century performance space. support East 15’s course at Southend. In addition, students have access to the East 15 Loughton Campus library and the University’s Colchester Campus library, if required.
Support Services 14 Support Services We offer a range of support services Student administration designed to help you to achieve your At the Loughton Campus, we are able full potential and to get the most out of to provide students with official letters your studies. These form a coordinated and documentation, such as bank network of support, and are an letters, confirmation of enrolment and important part of the overall student council tax exemption forms, as well as experience. Support Services aim to authenticating documents by providing be accessible to you and responsive a University stamp for specific forms. to your individual needs. General, non-academic advice can also We offer confidential advice and be given about other services provided information on many issues, including by the University of Essex and the finance and funding, entitlement to Students’ Union. benefits and immigration issues. At the Southend Campus, all of the There are Student Support Advisors above services are available from the available at the Loughton and Southend Student Administration Team located Campuses who can offer initial advice on the second floor of The Forum. and information. You may be referred to other services for specialist advice. Pastoral system Helpful information is also available on Conservatoire training can be the website at www.essex.ac.uk/students demanding and, in response to this, and the Students Union Advice Centre the School has developed a network website at either www.essexstudent.com/ of support to help with any academic Prospectus 2019 loughton or www.essexstudent.com/ and personal pressures. A personal southend tutor is appointed to each student and they are a channel for any enquiries or Dyslexia and other anxieties that the student may have. learning difficulties We have a strong tradition of Graduate support East 15 encouraging and supporting students East 15 and the University are with dyslexia and other specific committed to helping graduates enter learning difficulties. Provision includes: their chosen career with confidence. www.east15.ac.uk screening and/or referral for a diagnostic This support is given in the second assessment and advice on the Disabled and final year of undergraduate Students’ Allowance. courses and throughout the year for postgraduate students. It includes Disability career guidance, planning of audition We aim to create an accessible and pieces and advice from working enabling environment. We would professionals. encourage you, before you arrive, to contact the relevant disability service to discuss access to the University and to your course. These discussions are confidential. Students may qualify to apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance and can contact us for advice. www.essex.ac.uk/students/contact/
Accommodation 15 Accommodation Loughton Campus Those who wish to live close to the Loughton Campus can choose from a wide range of shared student properties offering both Joint and Individual Tenancies. There is also the option to live with Resident Landlords who can provide a more flexible tenancy. The Students’ Union provides a property finding service, SU Lets, at our Loughton campus. They specialise in helping students secure local, private accommodation. All the properties they work with in the area are accredited by Epping Forest District Council. There are rooms in shared houses, living with a resident landlord or letting an entire house. Click on the “view our listings” area at www. essexstudent.com/sulets and select Loughton area to see what’s available. Southend Campus Our state-of-the-art student residences in University Square offer 561 modern en-suite rooms arranged in flats, within seven houses around a central enclosed courtyard. You apply for accommodation directly to the University which aims to guarantee accommodation to all first-year undergraduates.
Staff at East 15 16 Staff at East 15 Professor Leon Rubin Dr Chris Main Director Head of Programmes (Southend) Leon Rubin is a fellow of the Royal Society Chris Main holds an MA in Theatre of Arts and the Royal Asiatic Society . Practice and a PhD in Elizabethan/ He has an Honorary Professorship of the Jacobean Theatre from Exeter University. GITIS University, Moscow. He is a former He is a Certified Teacher of stage Associate at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, combat with the BASSC, a fight examiner who began his career as Assistant Director for Stage Combat Germany and holds a at the Royal Shakespeare Company and black belt in Aikido. Chris has worked for Prospectus 2019 has been Artistic Director of three major many theatre companies including: the UK theatre companies including Bristol Orange Tree, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Old Vic. He is author of The Nicholas Royal & Derngate, Crucible Theatre, Nickleby Story (the making of the RSC Graeae, The Northcott, and the BBC. production) and Performance in Bali, He has directed several shows for East 15 published by Routledge. He has directed – including a Martin Lynch premier and East 15 productions throughout the world, has also directed numerous productions including Canada, China, Thailand, Japan, for the Royal Armouries at the Tower of Greece, USA, Ireland, Chile and Hong London. He was the fight arranger for the Kong, as well as throughout the UK. He feature film The Roundabout and Assistant www.east15.ac.uk has also trained and lectured actors and Fight Arranger on the feature, Faintheart. directors in Russia, Spain, Korea, France, In what feels like a past life, he performed Holland and the Philippines. In the last few in Conquest, a series for the History years, he directed a series of Shakespeare Channel. productions for the Stratford Festival Theatre, Canada, and a major Japanese theatre company, Bungaku-Za. He is director of a major show in Thailand, which has been performed in a 3,000 seat theatre for the past 16 years. He has also directed in the West End and in New York.
17 Andrea Brooks the book for three short musicals. Before such as Night Breath by Brian Oliver and Head of MA Acting joining East 15, she was Senior Tutor in Sleeping Dogs by Philip Osment; and TV musical theatre, dance and movement at productions such as Ant and Dec and The Andrea Brooks was Artistic Director GSA. She is now working alongside Jean Bill. She has worked as a voice over artist of Zygo Arts, an award-winning theatre Newlove author of the Laban books. as well as directed voice overs at Les and arts company working in the UK and Frogs and for Foreign Versions. internationally, most recently in Georgia. Stephen Douse She was a founder member of Beyond She trained at the Drama Centre and Head of Music (Southend) Words Theatre Company and Re: Actors has worked as a freelance director and Stephen Douse studied at the Royal Theatre Group. business trainer and mentor. She is an Academy of Music and has been a Her book, Voice into Acting, is Associate Artist at BAC, London. professional musician for 30 years. His published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. Dr. Margaret Coldiron work has embraced cabaret, jazz, music theatre, opera and world music and he has Simon Hunt Deputy Head of BA World Performance Head of BA Physical Theatre made many TV and radio recordings. He Margaret Coldiron is a specialist in Asian has worked throughout America, Europe Simon Hunt is an actor, theatre director performance and masks. She is a member and Japan, and with companies including and acting teacher who has worked in of the Directors Guild of Great Britain and Academy of Ancient Music and D’Oyly the Performing Arts Industry for the last a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Carte Opera Company, Hilliard Ensemble, 20 years. is widely published. After taking a degree Kent Opera and Welsh National Opera. Having worked with some of the most in English and Comparative Literature she Previously Head Of Music at ALRA he exciting International companies, including trained as an actress at the Drama Centre. has also taught at LAMDA and City Lit. De La Guarda, and taught at some of the She holds an MA in Text and Performance top drama schools in the UK, Simon Studies from King's College and RADA Steffany George emigrated to Sydney in 2003, where he and a PhD in Drama from Royal Holloway. Head of Movement (Southend) was Course Director of the Full Time She has studied Topeng masked dance Steffany George has been working with Acting Course at Actors Centre Australia. In drama and mask carving in Bali and has actors for over seventeen years; first as addition to over 50 shows and projects he worked with Japanese Noh masters a movement director and choreographer, has directed and created for drama Matsui Akira (Kita school), Umewaka and most notably, teaching movement schools, he has also worked professionally Naohiko (Kanze school) and Michishige for actors, coaching, and directing plays as both a Director and Movement Director Udaka (Kongoh school). Since 1997 she at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in for TV and theatre projects. As an actor he has been Associate Director of Thiasos, New York City. Steffany has received a has worked at many theatres across the UK a theatre company specialising in commission from The Nagouchi Museum including The Young Vic, Victoria Palace in intercultural productions of ancient with Topaz Arts for her own work Gone the West End, Nottingham Playhouse, the Greek plays. Bye. She performed as a contemporary West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre Royal, She has also undertaken extensive dancer in numerous productions in Plymouth and The Gate, Notting Hill. Simon fieldwork on masked performance in India, both New York and Germany. trained at the Guildford School of Acting. Sri Lanka and Thailand. Christina Gutekunst Tracy Collier Head of Voice Dr Adrian James Head of Movement Course co-ordinator for Certificate Christina Gutekunst has been teaching Tracy Collier is an actress who has and coaching for nearly 20 years in in HE (Southend) appeared in theatres all over the country Germany and the UK. She trained in acting Adrian James initially trained as an actor including the West End and the National and voice at schools in Stuttgart, Bremen and for 12 years worked in theatre across Theatre. She also worked in TV and and Berlin in Germany and also in London, England and Europe. theatre in Italy. She completed an MA at and gained an MA Distinction in voice He has taught at many of the leading the Laban Centre and has been a director studies at the Central School of Speech British acting conservatoires, having and Choreographer for over 25 years. and Drama. She taught voice in various learned his craft at East 15, working She is now Artistic Director of her own drama schools and has been Head of for nine years during the 1980s with company, Time4Change Theatre. She has Voice at East 15 since 2003. Margaret Bury, the founder of the school. made various vocal recordings and written Christina has coached for both theatre He was the Associate Director of the
Staff at East 15 18 Staff at East 15 School of Acting and the Course Leader Rosemary holds a PhD from the Punchdrunk (UK), Centre for Performance of the M.A. in Acting at Arts Educational University of New South Wales in Sydney, Research (Wales) National Drama School for eighteen years and has taught regularly Australia and has presented keynote talks of Castilla and Leon (Spain), and at The Actors Centre and lectured at the at conferences and symposia in Poland, University of Halle Institut für Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm. Korea, Belgium and the UK. Sprechwissenschaft und Phonetik (Germany). Gordon Kemp Matthew Lloyd She studied a traditional Korean vocal Head of BA Acting and Stage Combat Head of MA/MFA Theatre Directing art form called p'ansori, has published Gordon holds an MA (Hons) in Political After graduating from Oxford, Matthew several articles regarding her intercultural Science from the University of Dundee went on to study at Harvard and Columbia approach to training actors’ voices and has and a Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Universities. Whilst Artistic Director at the presented her work at international Acting from the London Academy of Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester his conferences and symposiums. Performing Arts. He is a certified teacher productions included the award-winning Gerry McAlpine of stage combat with both the British An Experiment with an Air-Pump, and Head of First Year Studies and Course Academy of Stage and Screen Combat Waiting for Godot with Richard Wilson. co-ordinator for Certificate in HE (BASSC) and the British Academy of As Associate Director at Hampstead (Loughton) Dramatic Combat (BADC) serving a 5 year Theatre his work included the multi- apprenticeship at Shakespeare’s Globe Gerry McAlpine is an East 15 graduate award-winning The Fastest Clock in the Theatre as part of his training. As a Fight from the early 1970s. She worked with Universe by Philip Ridley, Slavs! by Tony Director & Performer he has worked with Margaret Bury, who founded E 15, during Kushner and the Olivier Award winning a range of venues and theatre companies the years before she retired, and is proud The Lucky Ones by Charlotte Eilenberg. including Riverside Studios, The Royal to be able to pass on her East 15 training. Freelance credits include the Olivier- Ballet, The Royal Opera, Shakespeare’s She worked as an actress in Canada and nominated Duet for One with Juliet Globe and Theatre Royal, Bath. He has England before returning to teach at Stevenson and productions at the also worked as an action performer, most East 15. Almeida, Royal Court, the Bush, most of Prospectus 2019 recently on the TV series Vikings. Britain's leading regional theatres, plus Zois Pigadas Off-Broadway and Parco Theatre, Tokyo. Head of Contextual Studies and Course Professor Rosemary Klich Professor of Research Ainslie Masterton coordinator for BA Acting (International) Head of BA Acting Zois Pigadas is from Athens, Greece and Rosemary specialises in multimedia, and Community Theatre has studied Theatre at an undergraduate East 15 immersive, and participatory theatre. Prior level at York University in Toronto, Canada, to joining East 15 in 2017, she was Head of Ainslie Masterton worked as an actor, followed by Post-Graduate Studies at Drama and Theatre at the University of director and voice coach in Australia, Goldsmiths College, University of London. Kent where she taught since 2007. Her before focusing on community theatre www.east15.ac.uk He has been teaching actors and theatre current research investigates media, and film projects based around Sydney students for more than 15 years at, among sound, and spectatorship, and her and outback aboriginal communities. other insitutions, E15 Acting School, teaching expertise is in the theory and Since 1998 she has been involved in actor Goldsmiths College, University of Kent and making of contemporary performance training at Bretton Hall and East 15. Rose Bruford College. He specialises in practice. Her co-authored book Dr. Tara McAllister-Viel workshopping and devising Forum Theatre Multimedia Performance was published Head of Voice (Southend campus) and has developed a methodology of with Palgrave in 2012 and she has since Tara McAllister-Viel worked for some 20 Active Analysis based on the teachings published in journals such as years as an actress, voice director and of Jurij Alschitz. Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research, International voice-over artist. Uri Roodner Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Before joining East 15, she taught at Head of BA Acting and Media, and Body Space Technology. She Central School of Speech and Drama and has also undertaken various practice-as- has been Visiting Professor for Voice at Contemporary Theatre research projects working in collaboration The Korean National University of Arts, Uri has an extensive career as a performer, with performers, videographers, sound School of Drama in Seoul. director and mentor working in theatre, designers and photographers. Voice workshop credits include: film and TV.
19 He has appeared in major British He works with a wide range of global Sheryl-Lynne Valensky theatres including The Royal Court, performance styles, many drawn from Head of Stage and Production National Theatre Studio and The Arts African and Brazilian Drums, Music and Management Theatre West End, and collaborated Rituals. with leading companies including The Sheryl-Lynne has over 20 years of RSC, Gecko and The Clod Ensemble. He Robin Sneller experience as a stage manager in theatre, appeared in films by major directors such Head of MA/MFA Acting (International) film, television and special events. For the as Michael Winterbottom, Jose Pedilha and last 10 years, she has toured extensively Robin Sneller trained at East 15. He has through North and South America, Asia The Brothers Quay. He appeared in TV, on tutored and directed at Arts Educational, and Europe with Cirque du Soleil on 5 radio and in TV commercials in more than East 15, the Royal Scottish Academy of different productions. On her last show 15 countries, and worked as a documentary Music and Drama, where he directed with Cirque, she was also the Assistant film maker for The BBC, Channel 4 and Richard III, touring to the International Artistic Director. The Discovery Channel USA. His award Shakespearean Festival in Poland, and Sheryl-Lynne is from Toronto Canada winning Theatre Company ‘Tottering at the Royal Welsh College of Music and and has worked on many productions Bipeds’ toured to many venues in Britain Drama. As an actor he has worked in the there including The Phantom of the Opera including The Lyric Hammersmith, Sadler’s West End with Sir Peter Hall in Mind Millie and Disney’s The Lion King which ran for Wells, Sheffield Crucible, Edinburgh for Me by Feydeau, at the National Theatre, 4 years in Toronto. Her special events Traverse and Plymouth Theatre Royal. with Stephen Daldry at the Gate Theatre credits include Canada’s Juno Music Award The company toured abroad and their and the Annual Walk of Fame Award both and the Crucible, as well as many seasons work was filmed for a dedicated BBC2 are produced as live television events. at the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre and documentary. Sheryl-Lynne is part of the team Uri’s eclectic training includes The Edinburgh Royal Lyceum theatres. that developed this unique Stage and Drama Studio London, École Philippe Neil Somerville Production Management program that Gaulier Paris, Monika Pagneux, Pierre Head of Music combines practical work, projects and Byland, Desmond Jones School and classroom learning. the National Film School. He has taught Neil Somerville has been a Musical Director actors in London, New York, Shanghai, and Vocal Coach for 15 years and has Philip Weaver Amsterdam, Madrid and Tel-Aviv. worked across the UK, Scandinavia and Head of BA Acting North America. He toured the UK with Dr. Ramiro Silveira The Wind In The Willows, conducted the Philip Weaver trained at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Head of BA World Performance Scottish Premiere of Ragtime and has Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. Ramiro Silveira is a director, lecturer, been Musical Director for award-winning Philip has worked as an actor and actor trainer and researcher. productions of Sweeney Todd, West Side director for theatres including BAC, He holds a PhD in Theatre Pedagogy - Story, Oklahoma! and The 25th Annual Birmingham Rep, Colchester Mercury, Theatre Artist Training from University of Putnam County Spelling Bee. Many of his Glasgow Citizens, The Kings Head Islington, São Paulo (Brazil) and an MFA in Theatre singing students currently work in the West The Lyric Hammersmith, Nottingham Directing from University of Middlesex. End, on cruise ships and on UK tours. Neil Playhouse, The Oval House, RSC Summer He also trained with Eugenio Barba, regularly accompanies cabarets, master Studio, Salisbury Playhouse, The Scottish Philippe Gaulier and Genadi Bogdanov. classes and concerts with some of the best Chamber Orchestra, Theatr Clywd, Wolsey He is known for his innovative performers in the industry. He has been a Ipswich and The Young Vic, as well as BBC theatre rehearsal process called Theatre visiting Portfolio Coach at London School Radio Four. He has also worked in Holland, Playground, a study of presence and of Musical Theatre, Lecturer in Singing at Belgium, Slovakia and Scandinavia. relation based on rhythm, movement and Colchester Institute and Head of Music at He is co-founder and Associate Director multicultural references in order to inspire Ridley Studios. of Spinning Wheel Theatre Company. creative live theatre. Since 2001 he has been using his technique to direct plays and run acting and directing workshops all over the world.
Undergraduate study at East 15 21 Undergraduate study at East 15 Prospectus 2019 East 15 East 15 currently offers the following courses for undergraduate students: www.east15.ac.uk Loughton Campus Southend Campus • BA Acting • BA Acting and Community Theatre • BA Acting (International) • BA Acting and Stage Combat • BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre • BA Physical Theatre • BA Stage and Production Management • BA World Performance • Certificate of Higher Education • Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts in Theatre Arts • BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)
BA Acting 22 BA Acting Loughton Campus UCAS code: W411 About BA Acting movement, BA Acting offers a step-by-step voice and process that begins in the first year singing are by introducing students to the basic integrated into methods and theories of acting the work and technique in small groups, then students start culminates in a final professional to build their preparation year in which students characters perform full-scale productions to public independently. audiences. They are asked to adapt to the differing demands of and promotion. Additionally, students Applicant information project and director, encouraging them to undertake a showcase performance take responsibility for their own creative which is presented in a major West BA Acting provides a thorough work. Students experience a wide variety End theatre for an invited audience of preparation for a career in acting and aims of challenging roles from nineteenth influential agents, casting directors, film, to develop each individual student’s talent, TV and theatre directors. extending existing skills in voice and century naturalism, to exploring the movement for professional life. textual and psychological complexities of After East 15 Shakespeare. Additionally, through the First Year Brecht cabaret and Commedia dell’Arte Graduates of BA Acting regularly appear projects, students learn to devise, in stage, film, TV and radio productions The first year curriculum covers acting, Prospectus 2019 throughout the world. Recent graduates voice, singing, movement and contextual breaking the fourth wall. They are also have gone on to work with major studies. Students explore their own introduced to film, television and radio companies such as the Royal National creativity through work focussed on work. Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, co-operation, responsiveness to others Shakespeare’s Globe, Manchester Royal Third Year and the ensemble, fostered by group- Exchange, BBC, ITV and in the West End. East 15 shared experiences. Acting on this course The third year requires students to Students are consistently successful in the begins with objective self-assessment, meet the demands they will face in BBC Radio Drama development of professional performance industries. Carleton Hobbs competition, resulting observational skills and imagination: They deliver a wide variety of plays to in a professional contract. They have also www.east15.ac.uk recreating through observation, research extend their performance repertoire been consistent winners of both the The and improvisation. First-year work ranges and work with industry professionals John Gielgud and The Laurence Olivier from individual character study through to in recorded media. Plays and Bursaries. For the past eight years BA larger community based projects and the performance projects are chosen to Acting students have represented East 15 emotional upheaval of British realism. The meet the needs of the individual group at the Globe Theatre’s Sam Wanamaker first year culminates in a large scale Living as far as possible. All productions Festival. History Project, in which students study, demand research, advanced skills and They are known, and often cast, for understand and live the lives of others commitment. Theatre productions place their courage, originality and drive! through periods of conflict. a particular emphasis on ensemble work and actor contribution. Through Second Year specialised professional development The second year offers a journey of workshops students are introduced maturation. The focus of study moves to the administrative aspects of their from improvisation to text and from the future profession: including audition examination of self to the exploration technique, CV and letter writing, tax of character. Technical skills, such as and self-employment, self-marketing
23 Joseph Ayre East 15 is the safest place in the world. school gave me all the techniques, tricks On graduation, The wonderful teachers constantly and exercises I need to navigate my way Joseph was cast tell you this but it's only now that through this crazy industry. It's given in the lead role of I'm at the end of my 4 years that I me the confidence and the professional Christopher in the really understand what they meant. discipline to walk into any room, no matter National Theatre The BA Acting course encourages who is sitting in it, and do my job without production of The experimentation, celebrates individuality self-consciousness or doubt. It's also given Curious Incident and demands commitment, but if you me a group of friends for life and some of of the Dog in the fail, it's there to pick you up and throw the warmest, oddest and most hilarious Night-time. you back in again for another try. The memories that I will cherish forever.
BA Acting (International) 24 BA Acting (International) Loughton Campus UCAS code: W83A Technical skills, such as movement, voice and singing are integrated into the work and students start to build their characters independently. They are asked to adapt to the differing demands of project and director, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own creative work. Students explore the textual and psychological complexities of Shakespeare and Elizabethan Verse Drama. Additionally, students are introduced to the challenge of adapting their skills for film, television and radio work. Third Year The third year requires students to meet the demands they will face in professional performance industries. About BA Acting (International) First Year They extend their performance Built on the methodologies that have The first year curriculum covers acting, repertoire and work with industry Prospectus 2019 helped establish East 15 as one of the voice, singing, movement and contextual professionals in recorded media. Plays most internationally respected drama studies. Students explore their own and performance projects are chosen creativity through work focussed on co- to meet the needs of the individual training establishments in Europe, BA operation, responsiveness to others and group as far as possible. All productions Acting (International) is an extension of the ensemble, fostered by group-shared demand research, advanced skills and the Acting course that has always been East 15 experiences. commitment. Theatre productions place at the core of the school's programmes. Acting on this course begins with a particular emphasis on ensemble work It offers a step-by-step process that objective self-assessment, development and actor contribution. begins by introducing students to the basic of observational skills and imagination, Through specialised professional www.east15.ac.uk methods and theories of acting technique re-creating through observation, research development workshops students are in small groups and culminates in a final introduced to the administrative aspects and improvisation. First-year work includes professional preparation year in which of their future profession: including Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary students perform full-scale productions audition technique, CV and letter writing, Scene Study with the study of British Plays and graduate with a professionally tax and self-employment, self-marketing from 1956 to 1978 produced showreel. The first year culminates in a large scale and promotion. Living History Project, in which students Additionally, students will undertake Applicant information study, understand and live the lives of to complete their own, professionally BA Acting (International) not only others through periods of conflict. produced, showreel. provides a thorough preparation for a career in acting while aiming to develop Second Year After East 15 each individual student’s talent, but also The second year offers a journey of Graduates of East 15 regularly appear offers the added benefit to international maturation. The focus of study moves in stage, film, TV and radio productions students of gaining invaluable insights into from improvisation to text and from the throughout the world. They are known, British culture and its influences on the examination of self to the exploration of and often cast, for their boldness and global stage. character. daring as actors.
25 Caitlin Denegre If I had to choose two words to describe the BA Acting International, they would be process and proactive. We are constantly being challenged to make the work our own, whether it is Shakespeare, Chekhov, or devising. Experimentation with your own personal process is vital. It is ever- evolving, just like theatre. Acting comes first and foremost on the course, with voice, movement, and context being incorporated into every project. The array of people and experiences on this course offer the stimulus and inspiration for work; the rigour of East 15 training provides the means to create that work. Most importantly, I've learned what type of work I want to create, and why. Looking back at my training, I can see how far I have developed since day one. My entire worldview has changed, and I have a much stronger sense of myself as an actress, both individually and as part of the creative ensemble. The skills gained in text work, voice, self-directing, theatre composition, and physicality laid a rock-solid foundation for the International Festival of New Work (IF) in third year. By that time, I felt completely equipped to tackle any task thrown my way, even if it was unfamiliar. If you are confident in your abilities to approach challenges with purpose and innovation, you can go places, and this course gives you exactly that.
BA Acting and Community Theatre 26 BA Acting and Community Theatre Southend Campus UCAS code: W496 About BA Acting and and singing skills is offered across the justice system, develop a political theatre Community Theatre three years. project, a site-specific performance and create their own community play. This course is for students who believe Second Year Students further develop their skills in theatre is for all and wish to train for Second year students work in conjunction the production, marketing and evaluation a career in theatre practice focused in with practicing professionals to create of projects. Students work extensively the community. theatre based on the stories of local with communities and professionals BA Acting and Community Theatre people, make new work with young throughout their training, making for graduates will be professional performers people, make and edit videos, learn a seamless transition to a professional who also have additional skills as clowning, puppetry and circus skills career. At the end of the year, students workshop leaders and project managers, and develop workshop facilitation showcase their graduation projects with the musical, technical, video and skills. Students also manage our annual to theatre companies and industry web-based experience needed for Southend Street Theatre Festival. professionals. community theatre practice today. During this year students are also After East 15 Applicant Information placed with a professional company as an intern to develop an understanding Since the course was established BA Acting and Community Theatre is a of the community theatre industry and in 2005, graduates have worked as dynamic and active course for people to forge professional links. actors, project leaders and facilitators in who want to influence their world communities all over the world. Several through theatre. In an intensely practical, Third Year companies formed by graduates are now Prospectus 2019 professionally-oriented course, a broad In this year, students help facilitate theatre well established, respected and funded in range of acting, performance and projects in health, social services and the an increasingly competitive industry. workshop facilitation skills are developed through projects with people in the local community and in partnership with leading external organisations. This is East 15 a professional route into the world of participatory theatre in which actors can create theatre for, with, and about the communities in which they will live. www.east15.ac.uk First Year The first year curriculum embraces acting technique, voice, singing, movement and contextual studies. Students explore their creativity through work that explores self and responsiveness to others. Acting on this course begins with objective self assessment, development of observational skills and imagination, recreating through observation, research and improvisation. First year work begins with individual character study, develops through study and adaptation and culminates in the Living History project. Development of voice, movement
27 Natalya Martin Training here allows you to find who and have performed at venues such as you are as an artist; you are given the artsdepot and Stratford East with our When I came chance to create and try new things in original multisensory work designed for across this course, a safe space with supportive tutors and children with disabilities. The course it was as if it was classmates. I am now currently the artistic not only prepared me for every possible meant to be! It and managing director of FEEL Theatre, aspect of what the Arts industry may felt as though a company that I co-run with fellow throw my way, but it also prepared me all aspects of Community Theatre course graduates. for my actual life; and contrary to the my personality FEEL Theatre stemmed from our final “What am I going to do now?!” graduate were written year community play and is continuing to mentality, I left feeling prepared, capable into one jam-packed course. develop into an established company. We and ready to take on the world. Since graduating I continue to work as have worked with multiple organisations an actor, director, writer and facilitator.
BA Acting and 28 BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre Contemporary Theatre Loughton Campus UCAS code: W441 About BA Acting and First Year Contemporary Theatre During the first year students share their This course is renowned not only as an work with peers on the parallel BA Acting innovative and highly influential training courses, following the traditional East 15 program but also as a creative hub that training and focus on the development produces original, bold theatrical work. of methodical characterisation work. Alumni are renowned in the industry as Attention is given to knowledge of versatile actors who can join a creative self and the development of a neutral process as innovative partners. starting point as part of rehearsal After East 15 The BA Acting and Contemporary process and preparation. Classes Alumni of the BA Acting and Theatre course offers a unique and are given regularly in voice, singing, Contemporary Theatre course are highly challenging pathway dedicated movement and research. These will participating in the industry not only as to training multi-talented actors who continue throughout the course. actors in theatre, film and TV, but also have the competencies necessary to by staging their own work to audiences create vital new work and to realise Second Year worldwide. Recent graduates have gone their own artistic inclinations. This During the second year the focus on to work with major companies such as approach is underpinned by a philosophy shifts to familiarisation with form The National Theatre, Complicite, Cirque that sees the actor as an independent, and style. Students experiment with Du Soleil, The Globe, Frantic Assembly, creative and entrepreneurial ‘artist’. visual impression, contemporary text, BBC and ITV. While developing their skills as actors, Commedia Dell’Arte, the theatrical clown, A highlight of the graduate year is Prospectus 2019 students experiment with European script writing, music and parody. the staging of the acclaimed Debut physical theatre, devising, creative They explore the relationship between Festival, dedicated to staging new work writing, composition and cross-media art. film and theatre as well as theatre as written, directed, devised and performed The training relates in methodology to a tool for social change, and the year by students. Many past works have contemporary international companies ends with a site-specific production transferred to professional production such as Complicite, the Schaubühne and and some major awards received by East 15 of a classical text. the Wooster Group. graduates including: ‘Spotlight Best Actor’, Third Year ‘Scotsman Fringe First’, ‘Eddies Comedy Applicant information The final year focuses primarily on staging Award’, ‘Sky Arts’, ‘Olivier Bursary’, ‘Soho www.east15.ac.uk The BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre new work. Led by visiting practitioners Theatre Young Writer of the Year’, ‘BFI course strives to respond to emerging from the industry, students develop ideas Best Short Film’, ‘BBC Films Screenplay industry demands with an immediate and and produce their own work including First’ and ‘Cape Town Best Play’ and ‘Total dynamic methodology. It offers eclectic new plays, devised shows, physical Theatre Award for innovation’. teaching inspired by Lecoq, Grotowski, comedy and short films. Preparation Most recently, alumni and theatre Boal and their followers. The training is for post-training career is given such as companies formed on this course have tailored around multi-talented performers guidance in forming companies as well been staging original work in major wishing to experiment, explore and as casting exercises. venues including: The Royal National participate fully in the creative process. Opportunities are given to stage Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare A unique policy of specialisation allows students’ work in the public arena Company, BAC, Birmingham Rep, some students to expand in such roles including a showcase event for agents, Manchester Royal Exchange, National as actor/musician, actor/writer, actor/ producers and casting directors. Theatre of Wales, Soho Theatre and West choreographer and so on. Yorkshire Playhouse. Work created in this course also been staged Australia, Belgium, Cyprus Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, South Africa and the USA.
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