Rose Bruford College
|Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance|
|President||Sir Richard Eyre|
Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance (formerly the Rose Bruford Training College of Speech and Drama) is a leading British drama school, offering university-level and professional vocational training for theatre and performance and the BA and MA degrees, based in Sidcup, Southeast London. Rose Bruford is a member of Drama UK.
Located in a Grade II listed historic house and estate, it is about 25 minutes away by train from the West End and houses within its pretty grounds the facilities to train up the next generation of performing arts professionals.
Sir Richard Eyre is the President of the College while Professor Michael Earley, at Yale University, is the Principal and Chief Executive. He has raised a record breaking amount for the College. Earley received an award on behalf of the College on 3 May 2012 from CASE Europe, in recognition of its outstanding fundraising achievements in 2010-11. The award was given in recognition of improved and sustained fundraising performance in 2010-11, showing an increase in donors, new funds secured and growth in cash income in conjunction with the Higher Education Funding Council of England's matched funding scheme. Rose Bruford surpassed all UK institutions in its tier in reaching its £400,000 target by the end of the scheme in July 2011.
Founded in 1950, Rose Bruford "pioneered the first acting degree in 1976." It is "one of the largest, most comprehensive providers of vocational degrees in theatre and related arts in Western Europe." According to Rose Bruford College's official website, it provides innovative degree courses in drama training, including degrees in performance like Acting, Actor Musicianship, and European and American Theatre Arts, plus offering courses in other practices and technoligies of theatre, such as Costume Production, Lighting Design, Creative Lighting Control, Performance Sound, Scenic Arts, Theatre Design and Stage Management.
Principal and Chief Executive, Professor Michael Earley, was formerly Chief Producer of Plays for BBC Radio Drama and has headed theatre programmes at the University of Lincoln (UK) and Yale University (US). His career in America and the UK has encompassed academic and conservatoire training alongside work in professional theatre, broadcasting and publishing. Michael says:
"I am excited about returning to London to lead Rose Bruford College, an institution I have always thought to be among the best of its kind in the world. I look forward to working closely with the talents of its board, staff and students and leading Rose Bruford College into a new era that combines the best in undergraduate and post-graduate higher education with the specialisms of theatre and drama." 
Earley comes to Rose Bruford College from the University of Lincoln where he has been Professor of Drama, Head of the recently formed Lincoln School of Performing Arts and Producing Director of the new £6 million Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. He was previously Publishing Director of Methuen Drama Publishing and before that Chief Producer of Plays for BBC Radio Drama. At Methuen he published such authors as Peter Brook, Arthur Miller, Sarah Kane, Mark Ravenhill, Patrick Marber, Anthony Minghella, Caryl Churchill, Edward Bond, Patsy Rodenburg among many others. At the BBC he produced and directed over fifty plays and programmes for Radio 3 and Radio 4. Living and working in Britain since 1990, Michael Earley began his career in the United States as Director of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program in the Drama Faculty at the Juilliard School. In 1981 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University and in 1982 was appointed Chairman of the Theatre Studies Program and Assistant Professor of English Literature at Yale University. In 1985 he was appointed Executive Director of the American Center in London and between 1987 and 1989 he was Series Editor of Applause Theatre Books. He also worked as a theatre critic, dramaturg and stage director in New York City. He is currently writing a critical biography of the British theatrical innovator Edward Gordon Craig, and also a book about the charismatic actor.He writes theatre articles for the Financial Times.
Director Sir Richard Eyre became the first President of Rose Bruford College in July 2010.
In 2013, Rose Bruford College was voted the best university-level drama institution for overall satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey. The college scored 87% for overall student satisfaction in the Survey, which compares student happiness across higher and further education institution courses. The average score this year across all participating institutions was 85%. Rose Bruford College has seen its scores steadily increase over the past few years, from 79% in 2011’s survey and 86% in 2012. Principal Michael Earley said: “I think the results have improved over the past few years largely because Rose Bruford, like a lot of conservatoires, takes more seriously its role as a specialist university. “For many years, places like Rose Bruford, RADA and Guildhall have sold themselves as drama schools only. Now, with students paying full fees of £9,000, they really have to look at themselves as universities.” He said this involved improving facilities and providing more academic teaching alongside vocational training, such as essay writing and critical thinking. This article appeared on the front page of The Stage publication on 15th August 2013.
Also in 2013, the drama school's profile was raised by several graduates who shot to fame in the United States including Lake Bell and Sam Palladio as well as by Evening Standard Awards for both Richard Eyre as Best Director for his production of Ghosts at the Almeida Theatre and Rosalie Craig for Best Musical Performance for The Light Princess at the National Theatre.
Joining vocational training programmes across disciplines, Rose Bruford College enables students of different professions in the performing arts to collaborate throughout their training. Students stage theatre productions in the four on-campus theatre performance spaces: the 300-seat theatre in the round Rose Theatre, the intimate Barn Theatre or the two black box studio spaces. Third year undergraduate students present their shows in London venues ranging from the Unicorn Theatre to the Leicester Square Theatre..
The college enjoys various international contacts with drama schools in both Europe and North America. It matriculates a substantial number of international students and places its students in high-ranking drama training institutions outside the United Kingdom.
Rose Bruford College is a member of Drama UK and all of its vocational courses are accredited by Drama UK. The College's undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications and programmes are validated by the University of Manchester.
Research and community outreach
The College's research facilities and archives include: the Stanislavski Centre; the Clive Barker Library; and the David Bolland Collection, which is devoted to material about Kathakali. Members or former members of its faculty serve as editors and/or on the editorial boards of performing-arts journals like New Theatre Quarterly (Simon Trussler, co-editor) and Performance Prompt.
Its material relating to research, knowledge transfer, and community outreach is featured online in TheatreFutures.
Rose Bruford College is not the only theatrical college to be based in Sidcup. Bird College, which specialises in dance and musical theatre, is also based in the town.
The college was founded in 1950 in an 18th-century Heritage-listed manor house Lamorbey House in Sidcup in the Greater London area by actress, drama tutor and author Rose Bruford. The current campus encompasses both the manor house and a modern set of buildings completed in 2002. For some time, there was also a campus situated in Deptford, near Greenwich in South East London, which was closed when the college incorporated all of its courses on the Sidcup campus.
The college currently offers courses in the following fields of performing arts training:
- BA(Hons) Acting
- BA(Hons) Actor Musicianship:
This is a course unique to Rose Bruford which offers training to actors with musical skill. The lead actress Rosalie Craig in the National Theatre's The Light Princess and Sam Palladio are graduates of this course.
- BA(Hons) American Theatre Arts
- BA(Hons) Costume Production
- BA(Hons) European Theatre Arts
- BA(Hons) Lighting Design
- BA(Hons) Creative Lighting Control
- BA(Hons) Performance Sound
- BA(Hons) Scenic Arts
- BA(Hons) Stage Management
- BA(Hons) Theatre Design
- International Foundation Course
- MA Theatre for Young Audiences
- MA Ensemble Theatre
- Online Distance Learning
- BA(Hons) Opera Studies
- BA(Hons) Theatre Studies
- Research degrees (validated by Goldsmiths, University of London)
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