Unlocking the Director’s Imagination Online Masterclass

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About this course


2 weeks

Term Start

July 2021

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+.

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

"I never thought it possible to meet Chekhov in person in 2019 but it felt like I almost did during last summer at Irina Brown's Unlocking the Director's Imagination Masterclass. Irina has a unique ability to bring Chekhov to life, thanks to her deep knowledge of his work, and her contagious enthusiasm for taking her students with her. That week of masterclasses proved to be an invaluable experience for me. It is an unmissable roadmap to opening up the imagination of any aspiring director." Stefania Polychroniou, 2019 Workshop participant.

Fee and Application Information

Week 1
Monday 5 July - 2 pm to 6.30 pm BST (UK)
Tuesday 6 July - 2 pm to 6.30 pm BST (UK)
Wednesday 7 July - 2 pm to 6.30 pm BST (UK)
Thursday 8 July - 2 pm to 6.30 pm BST (UK)
Friday 9 July - 2 pm to 6.30 pm BST (UK)

Week 2
Monday 12 July - 2 pm to 6.30 pm BST (UK)
Tuesday 13 July - 2 pm to 6.30 pm BST (UK)
Wednesday 14 July - 2 pm to 6.30 pm BST (UK)
Total of 36 hours

Early Bird Fee: £300. 5 Tickets available 
Usual Booking Fee: £350

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.

How to Apply

Please email summer@bruford.ac.uk for any enquiries.

Please click here to read our terms and conditions.

Course content

The plays we will be working on are: Uncle Vanya and Seagull by Chekhov & Six Characters in Search of an Author by Pirandello

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

"Irina's teaching is immense. It was crucial to my understanding of the craft when I first started out - giving you life long tools to release the text and explode your imagination. Inspiring.”
Amy Hodge, Theatre and Film director, 2020 Olivier Award Nominee