Rose Bruford, founder of the College
The Founder of the College was born in 1904 and became a student at Central School of Speech and Drama in 1921. While still a student she took part in the Oxford Recitations of Spoken Verse, begun by John Masefield, and in 1928 took the top honours for speaking.
After teaching at Central School she taught drama from 1941 at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and in 1948 published her book for teachers - Speech and Drama.
In 1950, with £600 she set up her own drama school, and Kent Education Committee offered her the use of Lamorbey House. For some years she worked without pay to establish the new College in the face of competition from older well-established schools of drama. She developed a unique single programme which combined actor and teacher training and was Principal from 1950 to 1967.
She retired 1967, and for a period after that worked as dictum and acting coach to the principal singers at the Sadlers Wells Opera Company.
She died in 1983, and a Thanksgiving Service to her memory was held on 22nd June 1984 at the Actor’s Church, St. Paul’s, Covent Garden on what would have been her 80th birthday. On 22nd June 1985 a plaque to her memory was unveiled by Dame Peggy Ashcroft in St. Paul’s (The Actor’s Church), Covent Garden.