Julian Jones trained at RADA 1984–1986 and has worked as an actor in theatre, television and film for the past 25 years. He is a Lecturer in Acting at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, where he both teaches and directs.
His work with first-year actors is focused on the teachings of Konstantin Stanislavski and Sanford Meisner. With second-year actors, he teaches Absurdist Theatre in Semester 1 and Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama in Semester 2. He also teaches Dramaturgy to L4 and is Contextual Study Coordinator across all three years of the Acting and Actor Musician Programmes. For several years he has – jointly with colleague David Zoob – delivered a workshop on Brecht for the MA Directing course at Birkbeck College and has also run workshops on Brecht and Shakespeare for the East 15 directors course.
Acting Practice and Contextual Studies
Diploma in Acting – RADA
BA in History and Archaeology (First Class) – Birkbeck College
Master’s in Classical Studies (with Distinction) – The Open University
Diploma – the Epidaurus Summer School, run by the University of Athens
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Recent acting roles include: Prospero in The Tempest (2015); Dr Wilson in Human Emotional Process (2016) and Marley in A Christmas Carol (2019).
Julian is Artistic Director of Burning Oak Theatre. In August 2013, Burning Oak took their production of Royal Court Young Writer Thomas Clancy’s new play, Novemberunderground, to the Edinburgh Festival, following London performances at the Soho Theatre Upstairs and Theatre503. Their second production, Pussy, again by Royal Court Young Writer Thomas Clancy, was premiered at The Phoenix Arts Club in London in July/August 2014.
External Examiner: BA Acting, Manchester Metropolitan University
External Examiner: BA Acting, Institute of the Arts Barcelona
Peer reviews for both NTQ and Stanislavski Studies (first published by Bloomsbury in 2015).
Jones, J. (2014). In: S. Unwin, ed., The Complete Brecht Toolkit. Nick Hern Books.
Jones, J. (2020). Stanislavski and The Theatre of The Absurd. Stanislavski Studies, 8(2), pp. 247-264.
Jones, J. (2016–2020). Conference papers on actor training at the International S-Word Symposia.
Stanislavski; Ancient Greek theatre; Shakespeare; Anton Chekhov; The Theatre of The Absurd; emotion & language.
Since 2015, Julian has taught yearly workshops on Stanislavski’s “system” at the University of Malta.