Contemporary Directions: Directing Summer School

  • Contemporary Directions: Directing Summer School
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About this course

Duration

Five Days

Term Start

Monday 9 to Friday 13 July 2018

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+. Candidates should actively enjoy all aspects of practical performance work, be motivated, enthusiastic and be prepared to devote time to the study of directing.

This week-long intensive directing exploration and training event offers a rare combination of linked tutor-led workshops most mornings, supervised participant directing practice (with actors) in the afternoons and discussions and video showings in the evenings, leading to a showing and discussion of student-prepared work on the final afternoon


Why choose this course?

  • Intensive workshops led by professional practitioners
  • Afternoon individual participant-directed scene rehearsals with professional actors and acting students
  • Final-day showing of work and debrief
  • Evening discussions and related video showings (optional)

Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

Email summer@bruford.ac.uk for more information or to book your place.

Accreditation
This workshop is delivered over five days of intensive full-time training at our Sidcup campus. A certificate of attendance will be provided.

Course Fees  
Full Fee
£550 (paid in full before 1 July 2018)

Accommodation (if required)
£300 (seven night booking)

Discounts are available to Rose Bruford College Alumni – contact us for further information.


Course content

This week-long intensive directing exploration and training event offers a rare combination of linked tutor-led workshops most mornings, supervised participant directing practice (with actors) in the afternoons and discussions and video showings in the evenings, leading to a showing and discussion of student-prepared work on the final afternoon

The course is led by experienced practitioners with extensive combined experience in a wide range of directing practices and trainings. We will be joined for the final day by another high profile working director who will also participate in feedback on student work.  The course is intended to propose (for both practitioners and scholars) a workable grammar of contemporary directing practice; a foundation in basic directing practice and a contribution to the consolidation of more advanced skills.

The course aims also to offer participants in earlier Contemporary Directions workshops an opportunity to further develop their practice

Contemporary Directions is a Rose Bruford Stanislavski Centre research project and website drawing on the college’s extraordinary history of successful director training to explore, contextualize and celebrate the practice of contemporary theatre directing and directing training.

Course Directors

Simon Usher is currently Joint Artistic Director of Presence Theatre, and has staged major productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and in London’s West End. He has been Artistic Director at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Associate Director of the Leicester Haymarket.

Further directing credits include The World’s Biggest Diamond, Herons, Mother Teresa is Dead and Black Milk (Royal Court), King Baby and Tamar’s Revenge (Royal Shakespeare Company), Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre), Timon of Athens, The Broken Heart, Pericles and The Winter’s Tale (Leicester Haymarket), Pond Life, Not Fade Away, The Mortal Ash and Card Boys (The Bush), Burning Everest and Exquisite Sister (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Mr Puntilla and His Man Matti and Holes in the Skin (Chichester Festival Theatre), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Waiting for Godot, Hamlet and Whole Lotta Shakin’ (Coventry Belgrade), Great Balls of Fire (Cambridge Theatre, West End), No Man’s Land (English Touring Theatre) and The Wolves (Paines Plough).

Colin Ellwood has taught and directed at most of the UK’s leading drama schools and was Programme Director for the Rose Bruford Directing BA, of which recent graduates include the three current youngest building–based Artistic Directors in the UK as well as multiple winners of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme and of many other awards including recent/current winners of the Young Vic Genesis Futures Award [2016], the James Menzies Kitchen Young Director Award [2016]; Royal Court and Orange Tree Trainee Directorships and Associate Director appointments at the RSC, Lyric Hammersmith, Donmar, Edinburgh Lyceum and elsewhere, as well as of the Off-West-End Best Director and WhatsOnStage Best Production awards, and of several London Evening Standard Theatre Award nominations, an Edinburgh Fringe First and both a BAFTA and a Royal Television Society Award.

Matthieu Leloup-Bellon is Senior Lecturer in Acting and Directing, notably at Rose Bruford College where he was Module Year Co-ordinator on the Directing BA (2007-2011) He is a former core member of award winning Song of the Goat Theatre Company from Poland (2002-2009), and Co-founder and Artistic Director of Bred In The Bone Theatre Company. He has performed internationally and given workshops and master-classes in continental Europe, Iceland, Indonesia and Brazil. He has developed his own approach to actor training based on the practice of "Emotion-Actions" with Bred In The Bone since 2009.

Feedback from participants in previous Contemporary Directions training and research events (2016/17):

“Thanks so much, as in all good things, I was left wanting more. So engaging and informative and fun.”

“Just a note to say how much I enjoyed and got from the directing workshop I attended. I’ve been returning to my own notes from the day again and again. It was so fab to be working on the subtlety of questions around form and the matter of the pieces, as well having a shared psychophysical vocab underpinning.”

“I do think these sessions are very valuable and interesting, and I very much enjoy attending them.”

“I look forward to more workshops.”


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