Prospectus 2019 - East 15 Acting School

 
Prospectus 2019 - East 15 Acting School
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Prospectus 2019 - East 15 Acting School
“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
Prospectus 2019 - East 15 Acting School
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
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Welcome to the East 15 prospectus
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      Director’s welcome
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                           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,
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                           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
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                           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
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About this prospectus
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      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:       east15@essex.ac.uk
                                           and Ordinances and in the University            Website:      www.east15.ac.uk
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                                           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
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                                           Quality assurance
                                           The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) last
                                           undertook a Review of the University from
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                                           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
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About East 15
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                                                                                                          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.
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Actor skills at East 15
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      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.
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Prizes and Awards at East 15
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                                                                                                                                              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)
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Loughton Campus
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      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
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                        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
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                        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
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                                                                                                                        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.
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Southend
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      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
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                        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.
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                                                                    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
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                                                                                                                 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.
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Support Services
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      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
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                                      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
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                                      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.
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                                      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
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                                                            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.
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      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
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                         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
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                         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
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                         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.
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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
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      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
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                         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
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                         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
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                                                                                                                       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.
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    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.
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Undergraduate study at East 15
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                                                                                                                    Undergraduate study at East 15
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                                                                                                                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
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      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,
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                                                                                                                     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
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                        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
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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)
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      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
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                                  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.
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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
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      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
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                                        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
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                                        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.
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                                        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
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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
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      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
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                                                                                          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
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                                           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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