Students Staff

17 April 2019

A message from East 15’s Director, Leon Rubin

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I rarely write more than a few words for our blog as I am too busy chasing around, collaborating with many friends and colleagues. However, as many of you know, I will be stepping down as Director of East 15 Acting School on Tuesday 23 April 2019. I planned this over a year ago and have been gradually organising everything for my successor. April 23 is, of course, a special day as it is Shakespeare’s birthday, although according to the records of the time, it could actually be April 22- also my birthday!

Professor Leon Rubin

So, it seems like the right time, after 12 years, to make a change. It has been the happiest role in my life so far and it is an amazing school full of extraordinary students and staff. It was named the number one school for drama in the UK this year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and so it is the right time to hand over.

No, I am not retiring and never will; I am fortunate enough to be among the few in this world who love my work.

I now have a two-year sabbatical to focus on directing and writing and will travel around the globe to do this. I also have a commissioned book to write and other projects to pursue. I will remain part of the team at East 15 and will return here to teach and research after the sabbatical.

So, thank you to all of you across the world who have made the last 12 years so rewarding, stimulating and life-enhancing and I will see many of you on my travels in the UK and overseas. I cannot express the pride and joy I have reading and hearing about all the alumni careers and, as always, I will follow the stories as they continue to light up the sometimes dark skies around us.


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11 October 2013

East 15 achieves top scores in National Student Survey

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New Loughton students at their Welcome Talk 2013

East 15 Acting School has received a huge endorsement from its own students to place it as the highest ranked drama school in the UK in a National Survey.
The National Student Survey (NSS) asks more than 300,00 students for their opinion on the quality of their courses.

While the average score across all participating institutions in the UK was 85% for Overall Satisfaction, East 15 Acting School attained an astounding 98%.  Sub-sets of the survey including; Course Teaching, Academic Support and Personal Development also all recorded an unprecedented 98% score for the school.

Director of East 15, Professor Leon Rubin said; “This success it testament to the incredibly hard work of a very dedicated academic and administrative team who always place student attainment and well-being at the core of what they do. It is also due, in no small way, to the exceptional support of the University of Essex. Running a school based on Conservatoire training and equipping graduates with a tool box of skills to help them succeed in the world of performing arts may not always be something that a leading academic institution such as University of Essex might fully understand; yet they have trusted us to achieve our objectives and championed our work tirelessly. I know they will be as proud for the department as I am.”

East 15 Acting School was founded just over 50 years ago, growing from the work of Joan Littlewood’s famed Theatre Workshop. In 2000, the school merged with the University of Essex and, since 2007, has been under the directorship of Leon Rubin. Under his management, some £13 million has been spent on new buildings and facilities for East 15 in Loughton and in Southend-On-Sea where the school created the state-of-the-art Clifftown Theatre and Studios.
The international East 15 community now includes some 650 students from over 40 countries and an equally diverse staff.

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East 15 students in unique pier performance

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Poster for Seven Thousand Feet

Poster for Seven Thousand Feet

East 15 Acting School students will be staging a unique performance on Southend Pier this weekend.

Seven Thousand Feet is directed by Ainslie Masterton and has been developed by BA Acting and Community Theatre students. The show is a site-specific performance charting the history of the Pier with stories and memories gathered from local people.

The audience will enjoy a voyage through time as they promenade along the longest pleasure pier in the world at 1.33 miles. They will experience the events and meet the people of the pier, Southend’s most famous landmark, as East 15 students recreate its colourful and eventful story.

Since it was built in 1830, the Pier has been the scene of celebrations and troubled times – constantly changing and evolving to meet the trends of the passing decades of the 19th century through to the 21st century.

It has lived through fires, boat crashes, two world wars and economic decline as well as braving the elements of Mother Nature to survive the effects of the weather and the waves.

Audience members must wear suitable clothing and shoes for walking outdoors.

There are two shows daily on Saturday 12 October and Sunday 13 October at 11.00am and 2.30pm.

Tickets are £10 and £6 concessions. They can be booked from Clifftown Theatre Box Office and from Southend Visitor Information Centre. More information here:

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