welcome students from around the world. Students have already graduated
from Japan and Asia, from Australia and the Asian subcontinent,
from Africa and South America, from Europe and the Middle East,
from Central and North America, from Russia and Eastern Europe,
and of course, from the United Kingdom. We work with students from
all countries and cultural backgrounds.
The School bases its work on the knowledge that physical theatre
(or living theatre) exists at the intersection of the performing
arts. It draws on traditions that are universal and blends techniques,
styles and themes across a spectrum of theatre, movement, and gestural
art. By recalling the great theatrical traditions from the tragic
to the comedic, the School offers an indispensable dimension of
experiential play, to discover and develop each participant’s
personal style. Direction, choreography, and design are employed
by the students to develop their own work .Integrated with these
elements are the skills necessary to put theory into practice.
The School offers a structured environment to encourage participants
to reach beyond themselves to become professional theatre artists,
both creators and performers. The theatre is not comfortable, so
our students test themselves on a daily basis to strengthen their
craft and art. The work is collaborative, and the atmosphere is
The School prepares its graduates to make the most of each professional
opportunity, to continue to grow with each work experience, and
to create new work. To this end we have instituted a post-graduate
production year to facilitate groups of graduates to form their
own companies and develop original pieces for professional performance
in London and around the world.
The School was founded in 1978 in Toronto, Canada under the guidance
of Director and principal instructor, Ron East. It was originally
constituted as a summer programme, associated with Mr. East’s
theatre production company. The curriculum engendered such an enthusiastic
response that in 1979 the first full-time programme was instituted.
By 1984 the School was sufficiently established to become a separate
organisation, and has run successfully ever since. In 1989/90 Mr.
East was invited to return to the LeCoq school in Paris to certify
as an instructor of the LeCoq method.
The School has attracted students from around the world, graduating
over 600 actors, dancers, writers, choreographers, directors, puppeteers
and producers. Over 80% of our graduates make their living in whole
or in part in the performing arts. In1999 the School was established
in London, England and has quickly become recognised as one of the
foremost professional physical theatre programmes in the world.
East, founder, director and principal instructor, is a producer,
director and playwright with thirty years in the professional theatre,
film and TV. He apprenticed as an actor at the Stratford Shakespearean
Festival, North America's foremost classical theatre, going on to
three successful years with the ensemble company, and earning the
prestigious Sir Tyrone Guthrie award for his work
He trained in physical theatre at the famed Ecole Internationale
de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He has performed across North
America and in Europe. Ron operated his own production company for
20 years, has written and produced 18 original plays, as well as
working with other professional companies, on several films as a
choreographer and for TV as a series director.
As well as operating his own school, Ron has been on staff at
universities and colleges, has taught with Canada’s national
dance and theatre companies, and conducted workshops internationally.
His book “Moving Images” detailing his training technique
is available through the School.