Staff Profile: Julian Jones, Module Year Co-ordinator

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  • Julian Jones, Module Year Co-ordinator

  • Position:

    Module Year Co-ordinator

  • Teaching Area:


  • Qualifications:

    MA Classical Studies (with Distinction) – Final Dissertation: The Tragic Hero in Sophocles & Shakespeare - Open University: Graduated 2008

    BA History & Archaeology (1st Class) – Birkbeck College, University of London: Graduated 2002

    Diploma in Acting – Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: Graduated 1986

  • Memberships:

    Fellow of The Higher Education Academy: From 2009

  • Professional Practice:

    Artistic Director, Burning Oak Theatre Company.

  • External Duties:

    Associate Editor for the journal Stanislavski Studies: Practice, Legacy and Contemporary Theater (published by Routledge) – 2019 – ongoing

    External examiner for the BA Hons Acting Programme, Manchester Metropolitan University (2011-15).

    External Examiner for the BA Hons & MA Acting Programmes at the Institute of The Arts Barcelona: 2014 – 2018


Julian trained at RADA from 1984-1986 and has worked as an actor in Theatre, Television and Film for the past thirty-four years. Recently: Prospero in The Tempest (2015); Dr Wilson in Human Emotional Process (2016) and Marley in A Christmas Carol (2019).

Julian is a Senior Lecturer in Acting at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance where he both teaches and directs. His work with first year actors is focused on the teachings of Konstantin Stanislavski and Sanford Meisner. With second year actors he teaches Absurdist Theatre in Semester 1 and Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama in Semester 2. He also teaches Dramaturgy and is Contextual Study Coordinator across all three years of the Acting and Actor Musician Programmes. For several years he has – jointly with colleague David Zoob - delivered a workshop on Brecht for the MA Directing course at Birkbeck College and has also run workshops on Brecht and Shakespeare for the East 15 Director’s Course.

Julian is Artistic Director of: Burning Oak Theatre. In August 2013 Burning Oak took their production of Royal Court young writer Thomas Clancy’s new play, Novemberunderground, to The Edinburgh Festival following London Performances at the Soho Theatre Upstairs and Theatre 503. Their second production, Pussy, again by Royal Court Young Writer Thomas Clancy, was premiered at The Phoenix Artist Club in London in July/August 2014.

In 2011 Julian and a group of Rose Bruford graduates ran several workshops at the Rose Theatre Kingston, with the aim of developing a series of exercises intended to help the actor when approaching Brecht. These exercises constitute the final chapter of Stephen Unwin’s The Complete Brecht Toolkit published by NHB in 2014. Julian is currently working on a book based on his approach to teaching Shakespeare, also for NHB.

He has written peer reviews for both NTQ and Stanislavski Studies (first published by Bloomsbury in 2015), and has been External Examiner for both The Acting BA Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University and The Institute of the Arts in Barcelona.  Julian has presented several papers on actor training at the International S-Word Symposia 2016-2020. Since 2015 Julian has taught yearly workshops on Stanislavski’s ‘system’ at the University of Malta.

His particular interest in Greek Theatre led to a BA in History and Archaeology (First Class) from Birkbeck College; a Masters in Classical Studies (with Distinction) from the Open University; and a diploma from the Epidauros Summer School run by the University of Athens. He is a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and Associate Editor of Stanislavski Studies published by Taylor & Francis.


‘Emotion and the Spoken Word’, Stanislavski International Symposium – London South Bank University April 2020 (forthcoming)

Stanislavski Studies: ‘Anatoly Vasiliev: Ludic Theatre’ – 2019

‘Stanislavski and The Theatre of the Absurd’ Stanislavski International Symposium – University of Malta 2019

Brecht, Stanislavski and Death of A Salesman – Contradictions as a Method (The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague 2019)

‘The name in Actor Training Mythology’ The Stanislavski International Symposium at Rose Bruford College (March 2016)