University of Essex East 15

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University of Essex East 15

University of Essex East 15

Introduction

About us

About us

Get an insight into the history of East 15, how we were inspired by the work of the legendary Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop, and how those principles still influence us today.

East 15 Acting School has over 50 years experience of professionally training actors, directors, theatre practitioners and technicians for the international stage, TV, film and radio.

Based at our Loughton and Southend campuses, our luminaries include Alison Steadman (Gavin and Stacey), Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners), Arsher Ali (Four Lions), Reece Ritchie (The Lovely Bones) and Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours).

About East 15

For over 50 years, we have produced actors, directors, theatre practitioners and technicians for the international stage, TV, film and radio.

East 15 studentBased in Loughton on the edge of east London and founded by Margaret Bury, East 15 grew from the work of Joan Littlewood’s famed Theatre Workshop, which broke new ground, re-interpreting the classics for a modern age, commissioning new plays from socially committed writers, and creating an ensemble capable of inventing new work.

It evolved into an outstanding ensemble that combined inspired, improvisational brilliance with method, technique, research, text analysis and the intense expression of truthful emotion. Much of the original approach was based on the theories of Stanislavsky and over the years new training methods at East 15 have now embraced approaches from diverse practitioners such Michael Chekhov, Rudolf Laban, Jerzy Grotowski, Jacques Lecoq, Peter Brook and other important contemporary trainers.

In 2000, East 15 merged with the University of Essex, a leading UK research-intensive university, opening an exciting new chapter in the history of both institutions and offering more opportunities to students.

Since 2007, under the directorship of Leon Rubin, more than 13 million pounds have been spent on new buildings and facilities at our Loughton and Southend Campuses, including the Clifftown Theatre and Studios, once a Victorian gothic church in Southend which now enjoys a new lease of life, converted into studios, workshops and a state-of-the-art theatre and performance space. Several new programmes have also been developed to take the school into a new era of international and culturally diverse stage and screen performance territories.

East 15 is one of a leading group of UK conservatoires and is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools. We are now one of the largest specialist theatre schools in the UK, with a distinguished international teaching staff and over 770 students.

Our strengths

  • 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
  • Training by professionals for professionals
  • International community of students and staff
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Drama UK accredited
  • Drama UK accredited

News and events

News

Check out our news and events section for the latest information about our award-winning students and achievements of our graduates.

Courses

Courses

We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, plus summer schools and workshops that take place throughout the year.

Productions

Productions

Our students create highly acclaimed productions throughout the year at our Corbett Theatre in Loughton, our Clifftown Theatre in Southend and central London venues.