Prospectus 2020 - East 15 Acting School
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“East 15’s extraordinary legacy and its reputation for rigorous and inspired teaching ensures students consistently display an unusual degree of courage, vision and versatility that is very exciting to watch.” Colin Firth OBE
Contents 4 Director’s welcome 6 About this prospectus 7 About East 15 8 Actor Skills at East 15 9 Prizes and Awards at East 15 10 Loughton Campus 12 Southend Campus 14 Support Services 15 Accommodation 16 Staff at East 15 21 Undergraduate study at East 15 22 BA Acting 24 BA Acting (International) 26 BA Acting and Community Theatre 28 BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre 30 BA Acting and Stage Combat 32 BA Physical Theatre 34 BA World Performance 36 BA Stage and Production Management 38 BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film) 40 Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts 42 Applying to East 15 as an undergraduate 44 Undergraduate auditions 46 Postgraduate study at East 15 48 MA Acting 50 MA/MFA Acting (International) 52 MA/MFA Theatre Directing 54 Applying to East 15 as a postgraduate 56 Postgraduate auditions 58 Money matters 62 University of Essex 63 Further information
Welcome to the East 15 prospectus 4 Director’s welcome Prospectus 2020 As you will read in the pages We have two first class campuses in I look forward to meeting many of you that follow, East 15 offers an Loughton, on the edge of London, and at auditions and interviews, and working extraordinary, dynamic and in picturesque Southend-on-Sea. This with those of you that join East 15 for your unique portfolio of courses that combination of resources and locations study and training. East 15 span many areas of training for enables us to offer a broad and diverse actors, directors, technical theatre range of courses at BA and MA/MFA specialists and students of theatre level, and make use of innovative and www.east15.ac.uk practice. In addition to the carefully excellently equipped learning facilities, selected UK students, we also teach such as the state-of-the-art Clifftown Leon Rubin and train students from over Theatre (www.Clifftowntheatre.com) and 26 countries worldwide suites of studios and technical facilities at (www.east15.ac.uk) both campuses. We have an outstanding Here at East 15 we draw upon our student satisfaction rating in the UK of traditions of over 50 years, while 97% total satisfaction in national student combining this with a keen sense of the surveys. changing world of stage and screen today. As part of the University of Essex, one Our training is by professionals and for of the UK’s leading academic institutions professionals, allowing our graduates (www.essex.ac.uk), we pride ourselves to work successfully across the globe. on placing excellence at the top of our Our international, outstanding teaching agenda in all our work. East 15 Acting faculty is made up of professionals from School has been named as the top drama all areas of live and recorded performance. school in the U.K. in the Times and Sunday Times Good University guide Director Leon Rubin with recent graduates
About this prospectus 6 About this prospectus 2-5 December 2014. This Review found that the University meets all expectations required of higher education providers, 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 Further information East 15 Acting School is part of the University of Essex At Loughton East 15 Acting School Hatfields Campus Rectory Lane Loughton IG10 3RY Telephone: +44 (0)20 8508 5983 At Southend Prospectus 2020 East 15 Acting School Southend Campus Elmer Approach Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LW Telephone: +44 (0)1702 328200 East 15 Fax: +44 (0)1702 328201 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.east15.ac.uk www.east15.ac.uk This prospectus has been prepared in industrial action. For the most up-to-date Art Director/Editor: Kevin Wyatt-Lown Spring 2019 for courses available from information, please contact East 15 directly. September 2020. The full Procedures, Rules and Designer: Stephen Foster Design Although great care is taken in compiling Regulations for the University of Essex this prospectus, it is for the general are set out in the Charter, Statutes Photographers: Gemma Mount, guidance of prospective students only. and Ordinances and in the University Andrew H. Williams, Kevin Wyatt-Lown, East 15 Acting School cannot guarantee Regulations, Policy and Procedures. Robin Little the provision of all courses and services Copies are available on request from advertised in the event of circumstances the University. In accepting the offer of beyond its control and therefore reserves a place at the University, you consent to the right to make changes or cancel any incorporation of this notice as a term of course without notice, should this become contract between you and the University. ACTING SCHOOL necessary. The School cannot be held responsible for failure/delay in performing Quality assurance obligations caused by things beyond its The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) last reasonable control, such as fire, flood or undertook a Review of the University from
About East 15 7 About East 15 For over 50 years, East 15 has Jacques Lecoq, Peter Brook and other produced actors, directors, important contemporary trainers. theatre practitioners In 2000, East 15 merged with the and technicians for the international stage, TV, film University of Essex, a leading UK and radio. research-intensive university, opening East 15, based in an exciting new chapter in the history Loughton on the edge of of both institutions and offering more East London and founded opportunities to students. by Margaret Bury, grew from the work of Joan Since 2007, under the directorship Littlewood’s famed of Leon Rubin, more than 13 million Theatre Workshop, pounds have been spent on new buildings which broke new and facilities for East 15 in Loughton and ground, re-interpreting Southend-on-Sea, including the Clifftown the classics for a modern age, Theatre and Studios, once a Victorian commissioning new gothic church in Southend which now plays from socially enjoys a new lease of life, converted into committed writers, studios, workshops and a state-of-the- and creating an art theatre and performance space. In ensemble capable of inventing new work. that period several new programmes It evolved into an have also been developed to take the outstanding ensemble school into a new era of international that combined inspired, and culturally diverse stage and screen improvisational brilliance performance territories. with method, technique, research, text analysis and the intense expression East 15 is one of a leading group of truthful emotion. Much of the of UK conservatoires. It is now one of original approach was based upon the the largest specialist theatre schools in theories of Stanislavsky and over the the UK, with a distinguished international years new training methods at East 15 teaching staff and an undergraduate have now embraced approaches from diverse practitioners, such as Michael and extensive postgraduate population Chekhov, Rudolf Laban, Jerzy Grotowski, of over 770 students.
Actor skills at East 15 8 Actor skills at East 15 East 15’s training emphasises a balance Voice Music between personal discovery, intuition The voice teachers at East 15 aim to equip Students with the ability to play musical and technical skills. The aim is to give students with the skills required to release instruments can develop those talents students the basic awareness and their full vocal potential beyond the and there are numerous possibilities to confidence that will allow them to limits of “habit” voice. Students combine play in ensembles for private and public continue to learn and perfect their emotional truth with theatrical energy performances at East 15. Although craft in the years to come. using techniques derived from leading instrumental playing is not part of the Movement physical and vocal practitioners like Laban, assessment, actors who develop such Chekhov, Berry and Linklater. skills certainly enhance their employability. The main focus of the movement programme at East 15 is to encourage Singing Media confident, focussed, flexible, imaginative, Actors must have a good feel for music, East 15 students are introduced to the physically expressive and truthful actors. even if they cannot sing a note. Students techniques and disciplines of working The course is based on dynamic alignment at East 15 will learn to understand the with recorded, digital and online media. (which may include Alexander, Authentic rudiments of music and be able to Movement, Bartenieff, Body Centring approach a song with confidence and Preparation for the industry Experiential Anatomy and Pilates), feeling. Students with musical theatre Guest lectures and workshops, given by characterisation techniques (including potential will be encouraged further industry specialists, help prepare East 15 Laban, Grotowski, Lecoq and Chekhov- although the overall emphasis is on students for the complexity of working based work), dance (including jazz and acting through song. in theatre, film, TV and related areas. Prospectus 2020 ballet) and stage combat. East 15 www.east15.ac.uk
Prizes and Awards at East 15 9 Prizes and Awards for East 15 Edmunds (2017, £4,500), The Jacob’s Ladder Bursary Gabriella Leon (2016, was established in 2016 and makes £4.500) and Kathleen multiple awards totalling £25,000 Hood (2015, £4.500). each year. In 2016 there were eight, and 2017 fifteen, awards made. In The Laurence 2018 some twenty students benefited Olivier Bursary from the Bursary. The £500 Tim Welling Award This is worth up to £7,500 commemorates a past student of the for a student entering the school and is awarded to a BA Acting third year of BA Acting and student. It was first awarded in 2014 is presented by the Society to Ellie Moon. Subsequent winners of London Theatres. East have been Katie Neil (2015), Hadley 15 students have regularly Brown (2016) Jacob Reid (2017) won this outstanding prize. and Molly Longworth (2018). In 2017 two awards were Also commemorating a past made: Precious Mustapha student, and again worth £500, was awarded £7,500 while the Thomas Bennett Comedy BA Acting and Community Theatre student Jennifer Woodward, Jesse Jones received Award is awarded to a BA Acting receives the 2017 Lillian Bayliss Award from David Suchet CBE. £4,000. Other winners and Contemporary Theatre student. have included; Paisley Harris Allen won this in 2018. As one of the UK’s leading acting schools, Fay Jackson (2016) Rebecca Saffir (2015) East 15 has a number of students and and Lottie Finklaire (2014) while in 2012 Edinburgh Festival and beyond graduates who have won awards and Nayatia Hinds and Nathalie Wain were each Supporting career progression is an competitive scholarships over the last awarded £2000. important part of the East 15 ethos. few years. There is an on-going annual programme Lilian Baylis Award of awarding New Production Awards, Carleton Hobbs Award This is worth £1,500 and has been made to new companies created by consistently won by students from East both existing and past students. This Bursary provides winning students a 15, including Rory Howes (2018) Jennifer As well as supporting productions at contract for six months work with the BBC Woodward (2017) Ben Ayers (2016) Radio Drama Department. A long list of the Edinburgh Fringe, these companies Isabella Javor (2015) Livia Heim (2014) have also taken plays to the Brighton, East 15 students has enjoyed recognition and Lucy Townsend (2013). through this competition. Camden and New York Fringe Festivals. Past winners and commended In 2018 some £48,000 was awarded to East 15 Awards new companies. nominees have included BA Acting There are several awards made which In addition, the University of graduates Patricia Allison (2017) Joseph are unique to East 15. Essex hosts a no-cost crowdfunding Ayre (2016) and Andrea Valls (2015). The Elizabeth Mills Award was programme which is open to all However, for the first time, 2018 saw established in 2015 and is worth current and past students and, in many East 15 secure recognition in every single £2,500. First awarded to BA Acting’s cases, also offers match funding for category of the competition with this year’s Patricia Allison, the 2016 recipient projects. Last year it supported some overall bursary prize going to Alexandra was BA Acting and Contemporary 22 productions to the tune of over Constantinidi. £23,250. Theatre’s Cara Baldwin. In 2017 it was won by BA Acting and Contemporary The John Gielgud Bursary Theatre student Louise Barron and Postgraduate Scholarships This is worth between £2,500 and £5,000. BA Acting & Community Theatre's There are a number of Bursaries Winning students from East 15 have Holly Matthams received the award and Scholarships available to included Lily Sinko (2018, £5,000) )Samuel in 2018. Postgraduate Students.
Loughton Campus 10 Loughton Campus East 15 has three sites in Loughton: Just a short walk from Hatfields Hatfields, Roding House and Unit Four. is Roding House, a £1.3 million Each is just a five-minute walk from the facility containing rehearsal spaces, nearest London Underground station, the Littlewood Studio and East 15’s Debden, on the eastern branch of the costume department. Central Line and only thirty minutes Unit Four is a £1.5 million facility by tube from Central London, West which is home to the Stage and End theatres and all other major tube Production Management department Student resources and mainline stations and termini and it is situated next to Roding House. including Eurostar. Additionally, East 15 Loughton Campus often presents students’ own work at Hatfields theatres and studios in London. There are 28 rehearsal studios at Computing facilities The campus offers a perfect balance Hatfields, including a dance studio, and the library between access to the rich, cultural radio recording room, Mac editing lab As part of a multi-million pound diversity of London while also providing and screening room. investment in the further an environment in which to study in an In the Summer of 2017 work began development of resources on the attractive and peaceful setting. Loughton on a major set of new buildings and Loughton Campus, 2017 saw the is situated on the edge of Epping Forest, facilities that will make this the best opening of a new IT suite and a 6,000 acre ancient woodland which equipped single campus drama school extended Campus library. In addition, is ideal for leisure pursuits including in the UK. there are also computer facilities at walking, running, cycling and horse riding. Roding House and at Unit Four, all The residential area around Loughton The Corbett Theatre providing internet access, printing and Prospectus 2020 offers a rich variety of shops, restaurants, Hatfields is also home to the Corbett photocopying. There is also wireless pubs and cafés and has a Leisure Centre Theatre, named in honour of Harry H connectivity throughout the site. providing gym and pool facilities. Corbett, a key Theatre Workshop member Students can also use the library The hub of Hatfields is a beautiful and early benefactor of East 15. The resources at the Southend Campus Georgian dower house, set in six acres building is a medieval tithe barn that was and the University of Essex’s of lawns with orchards, flowerbeds and a dismantled and transported to Hatfields Colchester Campus library, which has East 15 small lake, providing an idyllic atmosphere in the 1960s. These unusual origins holdings of over one million books for study, relaxation and performance. create a unique performance space with and microfilms, as well as some The site also offers a range of rehearsal a unique environment for students to 7,300 current periodicals. Books are spaces, a Dance Studio and the school’s perform in. Combined with full technical www.east15.ac.uk delivered to Loughton via a daily own, fully equipped theatre. The Corbett facilities, tiered seating for 125 people Theatre was built inside a medieval tithe and fitted dressing rooms, the theatre Roding House barn and is used extensively for student provides an excellent resource for public Roding House contains ten rehearsal productions. productions. Lectures, rehearsals and rooms, a green room/café, a sound technical classes also take place here, recording studio and a video editing while the adjacent Theatre Foyer Bar and suite. East 15’s extensive costume Café provides a social meeting point for department is also based here. students and staff. Unit Four Unit Four is situated next to Roding House and is home to East 15’s Stage and Production Management department. The Unit contains a large workshop, paint shop, prop shop, prop storage facilities and teaching spaces.
Southend 12 Southend Campus Campus The Southend Campus is sited in the heart of Southend-on-Sea and is served by excellent transport links. Southend Central railway station, with journey times to central London taking less than one hour, is adjacent to the Gateway Building and Southend Airport, offering budget flights to many European and UK destinations, including Edinburgh, is just three miles away. Southend is the largest town in Essex and a vibrant seaside resort with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. In recent years it has been transformed by a redevelopment and enhancement scheme. It has seven miles of award- winning beaches and the longest pleasure pier in the world. Other social amenities and facilities in the town include three theatres, Student resources The Students’ Union museums, numerous art galleries and The Students’ Union facility at the Prospectus 2020 libraries. There are over 650 acres of The Gateway Building Southend Campus provides a dedicated parks and gardens, a fun park and a The Gateway Building houses a space for students to meet, have a watersports centre, a bowling alley, purpose-built suite specifically for East coffee, relax and watch films or sport. leisure centres, pubs, clubs, cafés’ 15 students. This includes fully-equipped, It runs a wide variety of entertainment and restaurants. state-of-the art rehearsal studios with throughout the term, such as panoramic views across Southend-on- international nights and open mic nights. East 15 Sea, plus seminar rooms, computer labs and media production resources Clifftown Studios and Theatre including an Apple Mac edit suite. Following the purchase of this www.east15.ac.uk magnificent Victorian former church The Forum in 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 the clock, secure access to the Learning its original organ and stained glass Hub, which provides innovative IT and windows now provides an inspirational study spaces. The Forum also houses an and atmospheric environment, re- integrated public and academic library, designed to accommodate the needs carrying books and other materials to of a 21st century performance space. support East 15’s course at Southend. In addition, students have access to the East 15 Loughton Campus library and the University’s Colchester Campus library, if required.
Support Services 14 Support Services We offer a range of support services Student administration designed to help you to achieve your At the Loughton Campus, we are able full potential and to get the most out of to provide students with official letters your studies. These form a coordinated and documentation, such as bank network of support, and are an letters, confirmation of enrolment and important part of the overall student council tax exemption forms, as well as experience. Support Services aim to authenticating documents by providing be accessible to you and responsive a University stamp for specific forms. to your individual needs. General, non-academic advice can also We offer confidential advice and be given about other services provided information on many issues, including by the University of Essex and the finance and funding, entitlement to Students’ Union. benefits and immigration issues. At the Southend Campus, all of the There are Student Support Advisors above services are available from the available at the Loughton and Southend Student Administration Team located Campuses who can offer initial advice on the second floor of The Forum. and information. You may be referred to other services for specialist advice. Pastoral system Helpful information is also available on Conservatoire training can be the website at www.essex.ac.uk/students demanding and, in response to this, and the Students Union Advice Centre the School has developed a network website at either www.essexstudent.com/ of support to help with any academic Prospectus 2020 loughton or www.essexstudent.com/ and personal pressures. A personal southend tutor is appointed to each student and they are a channel for any enquiries or Dyslexia and other anxieties that the student may have. learning difficulties We have a strong tradition of Graduate support East 15 encouraging and supporting students East 15 and the University are with dyslexia and other specific committed to helping graduates enter learning difficulties. Provision includes: their chosen career with confidence. www.east15.ac.uk screening and/or referral for a diagnostic This support is given in the second assessment and advice on the Disabled and final year of undergraduate Students’ Allowance. courses and throughout the year for postgraduate students. It includes Disability career guidance, planning of audition We aim to create an accessible and pieces and advice from working enabling environment. We would professionals. encourage you, before you arrive, to contact the relevant disability service to discuss access to the University and to your course. These discussions are confidential. Students may qualify to apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance and can contact us for advice. www.essex.ac.uk/students/contact/
Accommodation 15 Accommodation Loughton Campus local, private accommodation. All the Those who wish to live close to the properties they work with in the area Loughton Campus can choose from a are accredited by Epping Forest District wide range of shared student properties Council. There are rooms in shared offering both Joint and Individual houses, living with a resident landlord Tenancies. There is also the option or letting an entire house. Click on to live with Resident Landlords who the “view our listings” area at www. can provide a more flexible tenancy. essexstudent.com/sulets and select The Students’ Union provides a Loughton area to see what’s available. property finding service, SU Lets, at our Loughton campus. They Southend Campus specialise in helping students secure Our state-of-the-art student residences in University Square offer 561 modern en-suite rooms arranged in flats, within seven houses around a central enclosed courtyard. You apply for accommodation directly to the University which aims to guarantee accommodation to all first-year undergraduates.
Staff at East 15 16 Staff at East 15 Professor Leon Rubin Dr Chris Main Matthew Lloyd Director Associate Director (Southend) Associate Director (Loughton) and Leon Rubin is a fellow of the Royal Society Chris Main holds an MA in Theatre Head of MA/MFA Theatre Directing of Arts and the Royal Asiatic Society . Practice and a PhD in Elizabethan/ After graduating from Oxford, Matthew He has an Honorary Professorship of the Jacobean Theatre from Exeter University. went on to study at Harvard and Columbia GITIS University, Moscow and Honoury He is a Certified Teacher of stage Universities. Whilst Artistic Director at the Degree from UNATC, Budapest. He is a combat with the BASSC, a fight examiner Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester his former Associate at the Abbey Theatre, for Stage Combat Germany and holds a productions included the award-winning Dublin, who began his career as Assistant black belt in Aikido. Chris has worked for An Experiment with an Air-Pump, and Prospectus 2020 Director at the Royal Shakespeare many theatre companies including: the Waiting for Godot with Richard Wilson. Company and has been Artistic Director Orange Tree, Stephen Joseph Theatre, As Associate Director at Hampstead of three major UK theatre companies Royal & Derngate, Crucible Theatre, Theatre his work included the multi- including Bristol Old Vic. He is author of Graeae, The Northcott, and the BBC. award-winning The Fastest Clock in the The Nicholas Nickleby Story (the making He has directed several shows for East 15 Universe by Philip Ridley, Slavs! by Tony of the RSC production) and Performance – including a Martin Lynch premier and Kushner and the Olivier Award winning East 15 in Bali, published by Routledge. He has has also directed numerous productions The Lucky Ones by Charlotte Eilenberg. directed productions throughout the for the Royal Armouries at the Tower of Freelance credits include the Olivier- world, including Canada, China, Thailand, London. He was the fight arranger for the nominated Duet for One with Juliet Japan, Greece, USA, Ireland, Chile and feature film The Roundabout and Assistant Stevenson and productions at the www.east15.ac.uk Hong Kong, as well as throughout the UK. Fight Arranger on the feature, Faintheart. Almeida, Royal Court, the Bush, most of He has also trained and lectured actors In what feels like a past life, he performed Britain's leading regional theatres, plus and directors in Russia, Spain, Korea, in Conquest, a series for the History Off-Broadway and Parco Theatre, Tokyo. France, Holland and the Philippines. In Channel. the last few years, he directed a series of Shakespeare productions for the Stratford Festival Theatre, Canada, and a major Japanese theatre company, Bungaku-Za. He is director of a major show in Thailand, which has been performed in a 3,000 seat theatre for the past 16 years. He has also directed in the West End and in New York.
17 Andrea Brooks Ensemble, Kent Opera and Welsh National Having worked with some of the most Head of MA Acting Opera. Previously Head Of Music at ALRA exciting International companies, including he has also taught at LAMDA and City Lit. De La Guarda, and taught at some of the Andrea Brooks was Artistic Director top drama schools in the UK, Simon of Zygo Arts, an award-winning theatre Steffany George emigrated to Sydney in 2003, where he and arts company working in the UK and Head of Movement (Southend) was Course Director of the Full Time internationally, most recently in Georgia. Steffany George has been working with Acting Course at Actors Centre Australia. She trained at the Drama Centre and actors for over seventeen years; first as In addition to over 50 shows and projects has worked as a freelance director and a movement director and choreographer, he has directed and created for drama business trainer and mentor. She is an and most notably, teaching movement schools, he has also worked professionally Associate Artist at BAC, London. for actors, coaching, and directing plays as both a Director and Movement Director at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in for TV and theatre projects. As an actor he Dr. Margaret Coldiron New York City. Steffany has received a has worked at many theatres across the UK Deputy Head of BA World Performance commission from The Nagouchi Museum including The Young Vic, Victoria Palace in Margaret Coldiron is a specialist in Asian with Topaz Arts for her own work Gone the West End, Nottingham Playhouse, the performance and masks. She is a member Bye. She performed as a contemporary West Yorkshire Playhouse, Theatre Royal, of the Directors Guild of Great Britain and dancer in numerous productions in Plymouth and The Gate, Notting Hill. Simon a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and both New York and Germany. trained at the Guildford School of Acting. is widely published. After taking a degree Christina Gutekunst in English and Comparative Literature she Dr Adrian James trained as an actress at the Drama Centre. Head of Voice Course co-ordinator for Certificate She holds an MA in Text and Performance Christina Gutekunst has been teaching and coaching for nearly 20 years in in HE (Southend) Studies from King's College and RADA and a PhD in Drama from Royal Holloway. Germany and the UK. She trained in acting Adrian James initially trained as an actor She has studied Topeng masked dance and voice at schools in Stuttgart, Bremen and for 12 years worked in theatre across drama and mask carving in Bali and has and Berlin in Germany and also in London, England and Europe. worked with Japanese Noh masters and gained an MA Distinction in voice He has taught at many of the leading Matsui Akira (Kita school), Umewaka studies at the Central School of Speech British acting conservatoires, having Naohiko (Kanze school) and Michishige and Drama. She taught voice in various learned his craft at East 15, working Udaka (Kongoh school). Since 1997 she drama schools and has been Head of for nine years during the 1980s with has been Associate Director of Thiasos, Voice at East 15 since 2003. Margaret Bury, the founder of the school. a theatre company specialising in Christina has coached for both theatre He was the Associate Director of the intercultural productions of ancient such as Night Breath by Brian Oliver and School of Acting and the Course Leader Greek plays. Sleeping Dogs by Philip Osment; and TV of the M.A. in Acting at Arts Educational She has also undertaken extensive productions such as Ant and Dec and The for eighteen years and has taught regularly fieldwork on masked performance in India, Bill. She has worked as a voice over artist at The Actors Centre and lectured at the Sri Lanka and Thailand. as well as directed voice overs at Les Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm. Frogs and for Foreign Versions. Stephen Douse She was a founder member of Beyond Gordon Kemp Head of Music (Southend) Words Theatre Company and Re: Actors Head of BA Acting and Stage Combat Stephen Douse studied at the Royal Theatre Group. Gordon holds an MA (Hons) in Political Academy of Music and has been a Her book, Voice into Acting, is Science from the University of Dundee professional musician for 30 years. His published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. and a Postgraduate Diploma in Classical work has embraced cabaret, jazz, music Acting from the London Academy of theatre, opera and world music and he Simon Hunt Performing Arts. He is a certified teacher has made many TV and radio recordings. Head of BA Physical Theatre of stage combat with both the British He has worked throughout America, Simon Hunt is an actor, theatre director Academy of Stage and Screen Combat Europe and Japan, and with companies and acting teacher who has worked in (BASSC) and the British Academy of including Academy of Ancient Music and the Performing Arts Industry for the last Dramatic Combat (BADC) serving a 5 year D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Hilliard 20 years. apprenticeship at Shakespeare’s Globe
Staff at East 15 18 Staff at East 15 Theatre as part of his training. As a Fight Dr. Tara McAllister-Viel Zois Pigadas Director & Performer he has worked with Head of Voice (Southend campus) Head of Contextual Studies and Course a range of venues and theatre companies Tara McAllister-Viel worked for some coordinator for BA Acting (International) including Riverside Studios, The Royal 20 years as an actress, voice director Zois Pigadas is from Athens, Greece and Ballet, The Royal Opera, Shakespeare’s and voice-over artist. has studied Theatre at an undergraduate Globe and Theatre Royal, Bath. He has Before joining East 15, she taught at level at York University in Toronto, Canada, also worked as an action performer, Central School of Speech and Drama and followed by Post-Graduate Studies at most recently on the TV series Vikings. has been Visiting Professor for Voice at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Professor Rosemary Klich The Korean National University of Arts, He has been teaching actors and theatre Professor of Research School of Drama in Seoul. students for more than 15 years at, among Voice workshop credits include: other insitutions, E15 Acting School, Rosemary specialises in multimedia, Punchdrunk (UK), Centre for Performance Goldsmiths College, University of Kent and immersive, and participatory theatre. Prior Research (Wales) National Drama School Rose Bruford College. He specialises in to joining East 15 in 2017, she was Head of of Castilla and Leon (Spain), and workshopping and devising Forum Theatre Drama and Theatre at the University of University of Halle Institut für and has developed a methodology of Kent where she taught since 2007. Her Sprechwissenschaft und Phonetik Active Analysis based on the teachings current research investigates media, (Germany). of Jurij Alschitz. sound, and spectatorship, and her She studied a traditional Korean vocal teaching expertise is in the theory and art form called p'ansori, has published Alex Purser making of contemporary performance several articles regarding her intercultural Head of Stage and Production practice. Her co-authored book approach to training actors’ voices and has Management Multimedia Performance was published presented her work at international Alex Purser holds a BA (Hons) in Drama with Palgrave in 2012 and she has since conferences and symposiums. with English and an MFA in Theatre published in journals such as Gerry McAlpine Directing. Prospectus 2020 Contemporary Theatre Review, Head of First Year Studies and Course He has spent the past 14 years working Performance Research, International co-ordinator for Certificate in HE in industry as Project, Production and/ Journal of Performing Arts and Digital (Loughton) or Stage Manager in a variety of contexts Media and Body Space Technology. She including musical theatre, opera, ballet, has also undertaken various practice-as- Gerry McAlpine is an East 15 graduate tours and events. research projects working in collaboration from the early 1970s. She worked with Alex has worked both in the UK and East 15 with performers, videographers, sound Margaret Bury, who founded E 15, during internationally, working on projects in designers and photographers. the years before she retired, and is proud China, France, Italy, Spain, Holland and Rosemary holds a PhD from the to be able to pass on her East 15 training. Germany. His industry experience is University of New South Wales in Sydney, She worked as an actress in Canada and www.east15.ac.uk varied and wide ranging from local theatre Australia and has presented keynote talks England before returning to teach at productions, through large West End at conferences and symposia in Poland, East 15. musicals to events at the Royal Palaces Korea, Belgium and the UK. and even a Disney Theme Park ride! Ainslie Masterton Head of BA Acting and Community Theatre Ainslie Masterton worked as an actor, director and voice coach in Australia, before focusing on community theatre and film projects based around Sydney and outback aboriginal communities. Since 1998 she has been involved in actor training at Bretton Hall and East 15.
19 Uri Roodner connection. His credits as a movement Neil Somerville Head of BA Acting and director include LOVE (National Theatre, Head of Music London), Britanicus (Wilton’s Music Hall, Contemporary Theatre Neil Somerville has been a Musical Director London), Doing the Idiots (National Theatre Uri has an extensive career as a performer, and Vocal Coach for 15 years and has Studio, London), Black Battles with Dogs director and mentor working in theatre, worked across the UK, Scandinavia and (Southwark Playhouse, London), Disco film and TV. North America. He toured the UK with Dementia (Banannefabric, Luxembourg) He has appeared in major British The Wind In The Willows, conducted the and Romeo and Juliet (Teatro Mercadante, theatres including The Royal Court, Scottish Premiere of Ragtime and has Naples). National Theatre Studio and The Arts been Musical Director for award-winning Theatre West End, and collaborated Dr. Ramiro Silveira productions of Sweeney Todd, West Side with leading companies including The Head of BA World Performance Story, Oklahoma! and The 25th Annual RSC, Gecko and The Clod Ensemble. Putnam County Spelling Bee. Many of Ramiro Silveira is a director, lecturer, his singing students currently work in He appeared in films by major directors actor trainer and researcher. such as Michael Winterbottom, Jose the West End, on cruise ships and on UK He holds a PhD in Theatre Pedagogy - tours. Neil regularly accompanies cabarets, Pedilha and The Brothers Quay. He Theatre Artist Training from University of appeared in TV, on radio and in TV master classes and concerts with some of São Paulo (Brazil) and an MFA in Theatre the best performers in the industry. He has commercials in more than 15 countries, Directing from University of Middlesex. and worked as a documentary film maker been a visiting Portfolio Coach at London He also trained with Eugenio Barba, School of Musical Theatre, Lecturer in for The BBC, Channel 4 and The Discovery Philippe Gaulier and Genadi Bogdanov. Channel USA. His award winning Theatre Singing at Colchester Institute and Head He is known for his innovative of Music at Ridley Studios. Company ‘Tottering Bipeds’ toured to theatre rehearsal process called Theatre many venues in Britain including The Lyric Playground, a study of presence and Philip Weaver Hammersmith, Sadler’s Wells, Sheffield relation based on rhythm, movement and Head of BA Acting Crucible, Edinburgh Traverse and Plymouth multicultural references in order to inspire Theatre Royal. The company toured abroad Philip Weaver trained at The Royal creative live theatre. Since 2001 he has and their work was filmed for a dedicated Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and been using his technique to direct plays BBC2 documentary. Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. and run acting and directing workshops Uri’s eclectic training includes The Philip has worked as an actor and all over the world. Drama Studio London, École Philippe director for theatres including BAC, He works with a wide range of global Gaulier Paris, Monika Pagneux, Pierre Birmingham Rep, Colchester Mercury, performance styles, many drawn from Byland, Desmond Jones School and Glasgow Citizens, The Kings Head Islington, African and Brazilian Drums, Music and the National Film School. He has taught The Lyric Hammersmith, Nottingham Rituals. actors in London, New York, Shanghai, Playhouse, The Oval House, RSC Summer Amsterdam, Madrid and Tel-Aviv. Robin Sneller Studio, Salisbury Playhouse, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Theatr Clwyd, Wolsey Head of MA/MFA Acting (International) Marcin Rudy Ipswich and The Young Vic, as well as BBC Robin Sneller trained at East 15. He has Radio Four. He has also worked in Holland, Head of Movement tutored and directed at Arts Educational, Belgium, Slovakia and Scandinavia. Marcin is a movement director, actor and East 15, the Royal Scottish Academy of He is co-founder and Associate Director lecturer in movement. Between 2000 and Music and Drama, where he directed of Spinning Wheel Theatre Company. 2012 he collaborated with a multi-award Richard III, touring to the International winning physical theatre company Song of Shakespearean Festival in Poland, and the Goat Theatre (Poland) as a performer/ at the Royal Welsh College of Music and deviser. He has performed in 22 countries Drama. As an actor he has worked in the on 5 continents, at venues including the West End with Sir Peter Hall in Mind Millie Barbican, Sydney Opera House, Taipei for Me by Feydeau, at the National Theatre, National Theatre and La MaMa New York. with Stephen Daldry at the Gate Theatre After leaving the company he focussed on and the Crucible, as well as many seasons creating training for actors with special at the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre and emphasis on the physical/emotional Edinburgh Royal Lyceum theatres.
Undergraduate study at East 15 21 Undergraduate study at East 15 Prospectus 2020 East 15 East 15 currently offers the following courses for undergraduate students: www.east15.ac.uk Loughton Campus Southend Campus • BA Acting • BA Acting and Community Theatre • BA Acting (International) • BA Acting and Stage Combat • BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre • BA Physical Theatre • BA Stage and Production Management • BA World Performance • Certificate of Higher Education • Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts in Theatre Arts • BA Creative Producing (Theatre and Short Film)
BA Acting 22 BA Acting Loughton Campus UCAS code: W411 About BA Acting of character. Technical skills, such as movement, BA Acting offers a step-by-step voice and singing are process that begins in the first year integrated into the work and by introducing students to the basic students start to build their methods and theories of acting characters independently. technique in small groups, then They are also introduced to culminates in a final professional screen and radio work which preparation year in which students then runs throughout the perform full-scale productions to second year. public audiences. They are asked to adapt Applicant information to the differing demands of project and director, BA Acting provides a thorough encouraging them to take preparation for a career in acting and aims responsibility for their own to develop each individual student’s talent, creative work. Students extending existing skills in voice and experience a wide variety movement for professional life. of challenging roles from and self-employment, self-marketing nineteenth century naturalism, to and promotion. Additionally, students First Year undertake a showcase performance exploring the textual and psychological Prospectus 2020 The first year curriculum covers acting, complexities of Shakespeare. Additionally, which is presented in a major West voice, singing, movement and contextual through the Brecht cabaret and End theatre for an invited audience of studies. Students explore their own Commedia dell’Arte projects, students influential agents, casting directors, film, creativity through work focussed on learn to devise, breaking the fourth wall. voice over, TV and theatre directors. co-operation, responsiveness to others and the ensemble, fostered by group- Third Year After East 15 East 15 shared experiences. Acting on this course The third year requires students to Graduates of BA Acting regularly appear begins with objective self-assessment, meet the demands they will face in in stage, film, TV and radio productions development of observational skills professional performance industries. throughout the world. Recent graduates and imagination: recreating through www.east15.ac.uk They deliver a wide variety of plays to have gone on to work with major observation, research and improvisation. extend their performance repertoire companies such as the Royal National First-year work ranges from individual and work with industry professionals in Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, character study through to larger recorded media. Plays and performance Shakespeare’s Globe, Manchester Royal community based projects and the projects are chosen to meet the needs Exchange, BBC, ITV and in the West End. emotional upheaval of British realism. The of the individual group as far as possible. Students are consistently successful in first year culminates in a large scale Living All productions demand research, the BBC Radio Drama Carleton Hobbs History Project, in which students study, advanced skills and commitment. competition, resulting in a professional understand and live the lives of others Theatre productions place a particular contract. They have also been consistent through periods of conflict. emphasis on ensemble work and actor winners of both The John Gielgud and contribution. Through specialised The Laurence Olivier Bursaries. For the Second Year professional development workshops past eight years BA Acting students have The second year offers a journey of students are introduced represented East 15 at the Globe Theatre’s maturation. The focus of study moves to the administrative aspects of their Sam Wanamaker Festival. from improvisation to text and from the future profession: including audition They are known, and often cast, examination of self to the exploration technique, CV and letter writing, tax for their courage, originality and drive!
23 Daniel Ezra Coming to East 15 was one of the best and upon leaving, I felt confident that decisions I ever made. Growing up, I had an immense amount of experience Before graduating, I could never keep still, was always to draw upon to help me navigate this Daniel had full of energy and excitement and daunting industry. already been East 15 provided the perfect outlet. I am incredibly proud to be an East 15 cast in two BBC It is a thriving institute, everyone here graduate. We are known for our boldness, TV productions. has something positive to offer and East our fierce determination and commitment His agent at 15 allows everyone, no matter who they Curtis Brown to our work, anybody entering East 15 are, to express themselves and contribute reported; “His should expect to have that commitment to their art. tapes are some tested on a constant basis. It is not easy, Throughout my time on the BA Acting of the best I have ever seen and he’s course, I was pushed far beyond my but should you prevail the rewards are already making a buzz in America! He comfort zones and asked to explore areas incredible. My career has begun like a is one of the most committed and of myself I hadn’t been conscious of. I fell dream since leaving East 15 and I will be professional drama graduates I’ve in love with Shakespeare, tested myself forever grateful to every student and staff ever worked with and I really think in a variety of forms from Commedia Dell member for aiding me on my journey. he’s going to have a mighty career.” Arte to stage combat and historical dance
BA Acting (International) 24 BA Acting (International) Loughton Campus UCAS code: W83A Technical skills, such as movement, voice and singing are integrated into the work and students start to build their characters independently. They are asked to adapt to the differing demands of project and director, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own creative work. Students explore the textual and psychological complexities of Shakespeare and Elizabethan Verse Drama. Additionally, students are introduced to the challenge of adapting their skills for film, television and radio work. Third Year The third year requires students to meet the demands they will face in About BA Acting (International) First Year professional performance industries. Prospectus 2020 Built on the methodologies that have The first year curriculum covers acting, They extend their performance helped establish East 15 as one of the voice, singing, movement and contextual repertoire and work with industry most internationally respected drama studies. Students explore their own professionals in recorded media. Plays training establishments in Europe, BA creativity through work focussed on co- and performance projects are chosen Acting (International) is influenced by operation, responsiveness to others and to meet the needs of the individual the Acting course that has always been the ensemble, fostered by group-shared group as far as possible. All productions East 15 at the core of the school's programmes. experiences. demand research, advanced skills and It offers a step-by-step process that Acting on this course begins with commitment. Theatre productions place begins by introducing students to the basic objective self-assessment, development a particular emphasis on ensemble work of observational skills and imagination, www.east15.ac.uk methods and theories of acting technique and actor contribution. re-creating through observation, research in small groups and culminates in a final Through specialised professional and improvisation. First-year work includes professional preparation year in which development workshops students are Verbatim Theatre and Contemporary students perform full-scale productions introduced to the administrative aspects Scene Study with the study of British Plays and graduate with a professionally of their future profession: including from 1956 to 1978 produced showreel. The first year culminates in a large scale audition technique, CV and letter writing, Living History Project, in which students tax and self-employment, self-marketing Applicant information and promotion. study, understand and live the lives of BA Acting (International) not only others through periods of conflict. Additionally, students will undertake provides a thorough preparation for a to complete their own, professionally career in acting while aiming to develop Second Year produced, showreel each individual student’s talent, but also The second year offers a journey of offers the added benefit to international maturation. The focus of study moves After East 15 students of gaining invaluable insights into from improvisation to text and from the Graduates of East 15 regularly appear British culture and its influences on the examination of self to the exploration of in stage, film, TV and radio productions global stage. character. throughout the world.
25 Miguel Angelo This course benefits from a clash of cultures, a clash of stories and a clash of experiences. Working in an environment with great talented people has pushed me as a creative being and person, in striving to be better. The struggles they had to go through, has motivated me. Their skills as artists, unique to their native countries has inspired me in my own work. First two years of skills and acting teaching, alongside incredible tutors and teachers, has prepared me to face one of our final projects: The IF festival. This event allows you to explore your skills not only as an actor but also a writer and director. Being able to be part of that, with such an amazing group of people and artists, has been a rewarding experience that reflects the quality of the course and my amazing classmates. For that I’m grateful.
BA Acting and Community Theatre 26 BA Acting and Community Theatre Southend Campus UCAS code: W496 About BA Acting and Community Theatre This course is for students who believe theatre is for all and wish to train for a career in theatre practice focused in the community. BA Acting and Community Theatre graduates will be professional performers who also have additional skills as workshop leaders and project managers, with the musical, technical, video and web-based experience needed for community theatre practice today. Applicant Information BA Acting and Community Theatre is a dynamic and active course for people who want to influence their world through theatre. In an intensely practical, Prospectus 2020 professionally-oriented course, a broad range of acting, performance and workshop facilitation skills are developed through projects with people in the local community and in partnership with singing skills is offered across the three justice system, develop a political theatre leading external organisations. This is years. project, a site-specific performance East 15 a professional route into the world of and create their own community play. participatory theatre in which actors can Second Year Students further develop their skills in create theatre for, with, and about the Second year students work in conjunction the production, marketing and evaluation communities in which they will live. with practicing professionals to create of projects. Students work extensively www.east15.ac.uk theatre based on the stories of local with communities and professionals First Year people, make new work with young throughout their training, making for The first year curriculum embraces acting people, make and edit videos, learn a seamless transition to a professional technique, voice, singing, movement and clowning, puppetry and circus skills career. At the end of the year, students contextual studies. Students explore their and develop workshop facilitation showcase their graduation projects creativity through work that explores self skills. Students also manage our annual to theatre companies and industry and responsiveness to others. Southend Street Theatre Festival. professionals. Acting on this course begins with During this year students are also objective self-assessment, development placed with a professional company After East 15 of observational skills and imagination, as an intern to develop an understanding Since the course was established recreating through observation, research of the community theatre industry and in 2005, graduates have worked as and improvisation. First year work begins to forge professional links. actors, project leaders and facilitators in with individual character study, develops communities all over the world. Several through study and adaptation and Third Year companies formed by graduates are now culminates in the Living History project. In this year, students help facilitate theatre well established, respected and funded in Development of voice, movement and projects in health, social services and the an increasingly competitive industry.
27 Ashton Owen Theatre companies including, Quantum Omnibus Theatre won an Off West End Theatre, Divergent, Stratford Circus, Award. Being a part of this show wouldn’t The BA Acting Omnibus Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, have been possible if I wasn’t given the and Community Theatre-Rites and ITV. This course opportunity to learn the skill of puppetry. Theatre course introduced me to skills I never knew I couldn’t have been happier with my three encourages you I had, one of which includes puppetry. years at East 15. The tutors will support to use theatre as I have now worked with two established you during your training and beyond! a tool to enrich puppetry theatre companies, Little Angel I highly recommend this course if you people’s lives. Theatre and Theatre Rites. Our show want to become a well-rounded artist. Since graduating Zeraffa Giraffa which was a co-production I have worked with a number of TV/ between Little Angel Theatre and
BA Acting and 28 BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre Contemporary Theatre Loughton Campus UCAS code: W441 Applicant information plays, devised shows, physical comedy The BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre and short films. Preparation for post- course strives to respond to emerging training career is given such as guidance industry demands with an immediate and in forming companies as well as casting dynamic methodology. It offers eclectic exercises. teaching inspired by Lecoq, Grotowski, Boal Opportunities are given to stage and their followers. The training is tailored students’ work in the public arena around multi-talented performers wishing including a showcase event for agents, to experiment, explore and participate fully producers and casting directors. in the creative process. After East 15 A unique policy of specialisation allows some students to expand in such roles Alumni of the BA Acting and Contemporary as actor/musician, actor/writer, actor/ Theatre course are participating in the choreographer and so on. industry not only as actors in theatre, film and TV, but also by staging their own work First Year to audiences worldwide. Recent graduates During the first year students share their have gone on to work with major work with peers on the parallel BA Acting companies such as The National Theatre, courses, following the traditional East 15 Complicite, Cirque Du Soleil, The Globe, About BA Acting and training and focus on the development of Frantic Assembly, BBC and ITV. Prospectus 2020 Contemporary Theatre A highlight of the graduate year is methodical characterisation based on the This course is renowned not only as an work of Stanislavski. the staging of the acclaimed Debut innovative and highly influential training Attention is given to knowledge of self Festival, dedicated to staging new work program but also as a creative hub that and the development of a neutral starting written, directed, devised and performed produces original, bold theatrical work. point as part of rehearsal process and by students. Many past works have Alumni are known in the industry as preparation. Classes are given regularly in transferred to professional production and East 15 versatile actors who can join a creative voice, singing, movement and research. some major awards received by graduates process as innovative partners. These will continue throughout the course. including: ‘Spotlight Best Actor’, ‘Scotsman The BA Acting and Contemporary Fringe First’, ‘Eddies Comedy Award’, ‘Sky Theatre course offers a unique and Second Year Arts’, ‘Olivier Bursary’, ‘Soho Theatre Young www.east15.ac.uk highly challenging pathway dedicated During the second year the focus Writer of the Year’, ‘BFI Best Short Film’, to training multi-talented actors who shifts to familiarisation with form and ‘BBC Films Screenplay First’ and ‘Cape have the competencies necessary to style. Students experiment with visual Town Best Play’ and ‘Total Theatre Award create vital new work and to realise impression, contemporary text, Commedia for innovation’. their own artistic inclinations. This Dell’Arte, the theatrical clown, script Most recently, alumni and theatre approach is underpinned by a philosophy writing, music and parody. companies formed on this course have that sees the actor as an independent, They explore the relationship between been staging original work in major venues creative and entrepreneurial ‘artist’. film and theatre as well as theatre as a tool including: The Royal National Theatre, While developing their skills as actors, for social change, and the year ends with a The Royal Shakespeare Company, BAC, students experiment with European site-specific production of a classical text. Birmingham Rep, Manchester Royal physical theatre, devising, creative Exchange, National Theatre of Wales, writing, composition and cross-media art. Third Year Soho Theatre and West Yorkshire The training relates in methodology to The final year focuses primarily on staging Playhouse. Work created in this course has contemporary international companies new work. Led by visiting practitioners also been staged Australia, Belgium, Cyprus such as Complicite, the Schaubühne and from the industry, students develop ideas Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, the Wooster Group. and produce their own work including new South Africa and the USA.
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