Unlocking the Director’s Imagination with Irina Brown

  • Unlocking the Director’s Imagination with Irina Brown
  • Unlocking the Director’s Imagination with Irina Brown
  • Unlocking the Director’s Imagination with Irina Brown
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About this course


5 days

Term Start

6 to 10 July 2020

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.

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.

“The course was as great as it should be! Enjoyable, learning, understanding concepts, teaching, creative and interactive. Irina created an experience for all of us and we were all learning about what we love”
2019 summer masterclass participant

Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

Course cost:
£550 early bird (ends Monday 13 April) or £625

Accommodation cost:
Accommodation: £300 for 7 night booking (Sunday 5 July to Saturday 11 July)

If you have any questions, please email summer@bruford.ac.uk 


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 a minimum number of students and will not be guaranteed until 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 cancellation, 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 prior to the start of the course;
  • Full fees will be refunded for cancellations within two weeks of booking;
  • In the event of a cancellation after two weeks from the booking date, a sum of £100 will be retained to cover administration costs;
  • The College does not offer deferments for courses not attended.

Course content

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

The course is aimed at 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.


Tutor Profile

Irina Brown was born and educated in St Petersburg, Russia. 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 recent work includes Donizetti’s opera Anna Bolena at Badischestheater, Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2019 she has been appointed the Curator of the Stanislavski Centre at Rose Bruford College.

Irina began her career as Assistant Director to the leading lights of the Russian and world stage Andrei Tarkovsky, Yuri Lubimov 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. A prolific teacher of acting and directing, she has taught and directed at many leading British Drama Schools. 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.

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“Highly educational, Irina Brown is a brilliant teacher” 
2019 summer school student