Directing Summer Masterclass Course

  • Directing Summer Masterclass Course
  • Directing Summer Masterclass Course
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About this course


5 days

Term Start

1 July to 5 July 2019

The course offers directors a powerful toolbox for unlocking complex dramatic texts and discovering a personal vision that is rooted in and intimately relates to the source yet is independent in its creative interpretation. It will examine plays by Chekhov, Pirandello and a contemporary British writer. 

Why choose this course?

This course provides a unique opportunity for an intensive exploration of directing techniques, approaches and devices in the initial stages of developing a production, expanding your vision and interpretation of text-based material before rehearsals begin. 

It is ideal for emerging and mid-career directors, acting teachers, movement directors, voice and text teachers - anyone interested in enriching their approach to unlocking the text and their own ideas in dialogue with a playwright and the text.



'Irina Brown is an unusual dynamic and very powerful talent. I have followed her work with great interest and in particular was struck by the intensity and clarity of her stagecraft….' Peter Brook

'The clarity of the ideas and rigour of this training gave me an essential foundation into the craft of directing. Irina is inspiring'. Amy Hodge, National Theatre

'This course completely revolutionised my understanding of structure - I attribute most of what I know about the ways a play works to those sessions. It is without a doubt the most rigorous, fully considered and effective single piece of training I've received.' Phil Ormrod, Playwright and Freelance Director, Artistic Director of Switchback

'Absolutely terrific course! It really was the missing piece after a year's assisting; we're all certainly better directors for it. Irina Brown’s Unlocking the Director’s Imagination revealed how a director is enabled to pursue the richest possible understanding of a play’s world by a process of inspiring journeys into a number of radically different texts.' Alex Summers, Freelance Director

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

Working on scenes from a number of different plays, we shall explore, investigate and re-discover the creative power of various directing techniques and devices, such as Given Circumstances, Events, Mental Image, etc. The process that will lead us to finding new imaginative solutions when embodying text-based stories on stage.  

Irina Brown was born and educated in St Petersburg, Russia. She started her work as Assistant Director to the leading lights of the Russian and world stage: Yuri Lubimov, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Anatoly Vasiliev. As Staff Director at the Royal National Theatre she assisted Anthony Page, Richard Eyre and David Hare, working with Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Day Lewis and Joan Plowright amongst many others. Having lived and worked in Britain for over thirty-five years, she has established a versatile career directing at the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Opera House, the West End as well as New York, Moscow and Monte Carlo. Irina was Artistic Director of the Tron Theatre, Glasgow and Natural Perspective Theatre Company, London. Her most recent work includes Donizetti’s opera Anna Bolena at Badischestheater, Karlsruhe, Germany. As a prolific teacher of acting and directing, she has taught and directed at the leading Drama Schools all over Britain. Her ex-students include Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Daniel Craig, Geraldine Sommerville and many others. She has created and successfully taught her celebrated course Unlocking the Director’s Imagination since 2004 at the Young Vic, National Theatre Studio, Open Air Theatre and the Old Vic.

Related Information

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