Demidov Acting Technique Summer Masterclass Course

  • Demidov Acting Technique Summer Masterclass Course
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About this course


5 days

Term Start

Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July 2019

Throughout the course, participants will train in the culture of creative freedom, at the root of the Organic Acting Technique. Training will put them in touch with their unique creative individuality by teaching them to recognize and follow their own artistic instincts.

Improvisational text etudes, at the basis of the Demidov training, will stimulate spontaneity and emotional richness in actors, instigating the free flow of subconscious creativity. The workshop will also introduce techniques of engaging Intuition and achieving Creative Passivity and Calm.

Special emphasis in the workshop will be placed on the intimate process of the character’s inception, and on its organic facilitation. It will feature techniques of divorcing one’s habitual mask, and allowing for an inimitable embryo of the character to develop into a fleshed-out, individualized artistic creation.  

Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

Please click on the 'Book Now' link below to pay via our online store. If you have any questions about the course, please email

Course fees:

Early Bird                                          
£550 (if paid in full before 30 April 2019)

Full Fee                                              
£625 (paid in full by 1st June 2019)

Deposit: £100
We encourage payment in full in advance. Places can be reserved by payment of a deposit of £100. To take advantage of early bird rates, payment must be made in full before April 1 2019, and in all cases the full balance must be paid before June 1 2019. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please proceed to ‘Book now’ and when you reach the payment options, please enter £100 as the amount you are paying.

Accommodation (if required)            
£300 (7 night reservation)

Cost includes en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi and lunch vouchers to use on campus. 

Rose Bruford College Alumni Discounts
Alumni of Rose Bruford College undergraduate and postgraduate courses are entitled to a 5% discount on the full fee. Please contact us for further information


Terms and Conditions

  • The College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or cancel any course. If the College cancels a course you have booked onto your fee will be fully refunded;
  • All courses are subject to minimum numbers of students and will be confirmed once this number is reached;
  • The College reserves the right to refuse admission on to any of our programmes;
  • It is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees or travel costs in the event of cancelation, illness or travel problems, for which the College cannot accept any liability;
  • Fees are non-returnable once a student has started the course;
  • All fees must be paid in full by 1st June 2019;
  • Full fees will be refunded for cancellations within two weeks of booking;
  • After two weeks from the booking date, in the event of a cancellation a sum of £100 will be retained to cover administration costs;
  • After 1st June 2019 a cancellation will result in the forfeiture of the entire fee paid

Course content

Nikolai Demidov’s School of Acting is Russian Theatre’s best-kept secret. Until the first decade of the 21st century, the name of Nikolai Demidov (1884-1953) was known only to a narrow circle of specialists.  In Russia today, the Demidov heritage is making its way into the curriculum at some of the country’s top acting conservatories, where it is now acknowledged as “pedagogy of the future”.

One of the three original teachers of the Stanislavski System, Demidov was the first editor of Stanislavsky’s seminal book An Actor’s Work (An Actor Prepares). He co-founded the Fourth Studio of the Moscow Art Theatre, and served as the founding director of the Moscow Art Theatre School.  Stanislavsky’s close collaborator for over 30 years, Demidov went on to disagree with Stanislavsky on the use of analysis. Demidov’s own School approaches an actor’s process as an indivisible flow of subconscious creativity – from the first steps of training. Moreover, Demidov pioneered non-analytical, organic acting technique that enables actors to access and facilitate their intuitive process.

The Organic Technique has proven successful in accessing the heightened emotional spheres, due to Demidov’s insight into professional secrets of the great tragedians, such as Eleonora Duse, Tommaso Salvini and Ira Aldridge. Above all, the Demidov Technique is aimed at developing independent actors-creators, capable of generating their own work, and serving as equal collaborators to their fellow directors.

Andrei Malaev-Babel Biography:

Andrei Malaev-Babel is Head of Acting and Professor of Theatre at the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He served as the Producing Artistic Director for the Stanislavsky Theater Studio, an award-winning company in Washington, DC, where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as an Outstanding Director. His productions were presented at The Kennedy Center and The National Theater in Washington, DC, where he also appeared as a performer. He has also served on the faculty of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. During the time of Perestroika, he co-founded the Moscow Chamber Forms Theatre, one of Soviet Union’s first private companies.

Productions directed by Professor Malaev-Babel were presented at international festivals, including Volkov Theatre Festival (Yaroslavl, Russia). His most recent productions include Anouilh’s Antigone, Strindberg’s Miss Julie and Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. He is currently directing The Cherry Orchard, to premiere in Moscow at the Stanislavsky House-Museum’s Onegin Hall.

Andrei Malaev-Babel’s film documentary Finding Babel, on the life and works of Russian-Jewish author and playwright Isaac Babel, has premiered at prestigious international festivals in the US, Russia, Estonia, Ukraine and Israel, and it won the Grand Jury Prize at the Moscow International Jewish Film Festival. His one-man show, Babel: How It Was Done in Odessa, has been presented by key US and international organizations, including the UN’s presentation in Moscow.

Author of the Guide to the Psychological Gesture Technique, published in Michael Chekhov’s seminal book, To the Actor (Routledge, London and New York, 2003). His groundbreaking volumes on Yevgeny Vakhtangov’s heritage, The Vakhtangov Sourcebook and Yevgeny Vakhtangov: A Critical Portrait, came out from Routledge in 2011 and 2012. He has co-edited and co-translated an English-language collection of Nikolai Demidov’s theatrical heritage, Becoming an Actor-Creator (Routledge, 2016). He most recently published Inside the Theatre School of Nicholai Demidov (Russian University of Theatre Arts Press (GITIS), Moscow, 2018). In addition to these book volumes, Professor Malaev-Babel authored numerous book chapters and journal articles on the key figures of Russian theatre.

 Curator and Artistic Director of the Demidov School Laboratory, Moscow, and the founding master-teacher of the Demidov Summer School, Russia. His reputation as one of the leading experts on Russian theater and acting techniques, have brought him engagements and commissions from institutions, such as Stanford University, The Smithsonian Institution, The World Bank, Russian State Institute of Performing Arts (St. Petersburg); the Latin American Film Festival and Teatro Escola Macunaíma (Brazil); Young Vic Theatre and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (UK); and The Odessa Philharmonic (Ukraine). He serves on the board of the Michael Chekhov Association in NYC, and on the advisory board of the Stanislavski Centre at Rose Bruford College (UK). He is also a Member of the International Scientific Committee for Arti Dello Spettacolo-Performing Arts (Italy). Andrei Malaev-Babel is a graduate of the Vakhtangov Theater Institute in Moscow, Russia. He trained and worked under Alexandra Remizova, co-founder of the Vakhtangov Theater, Stanislavsky’s student and Vakhtangov’s protégé.


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Accommodation cost includes en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi and lunch vouchers to use on campus.