Unlocking the Director’s Imagination Online Masterclass

  • Unlocking the Director’s Imagination Online Masterclass
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About this course


2 weeks

Term Start

6 to 15 July 2020. Please see the fee and application section for all dates and times.

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


Week 1
6-9 July - 2pm to 6.30pm (BST)

Week 2
13-15 July - 2pm to 6.30pm (BST)

You will also be asked to undertake independent research during the course. 

Course cost:
£300 (early bird until 15 June)
£350 full fee

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

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

Please click here to read the 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