What first brought you to work in Archway?
I'm the Principal of the Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts, which relocated to Elthorne Road in 2009.
The Kogan Academy, that's an unusual title. Why is it called that?
We're recently renamed ourselves in honour of our founder, Sam Kogan. He was Ukranian, born in the Soviet era. He was the most extraordinary man a dancer, an actor - trained by a pupil of Stanislavsky - and a wrestling champion! But he was unable to work in Moscow, which was the centre of artistic activity. Eventually, he became frustrated with the restrictions and defected via Israel. His unique approach to acting was the effect of the subconscious on the creative process. That is still the way that we work today at the Academy - the science of acting underpins it all.
How did you come to be Principal?
I was lucky enough to be trained by Sam, who later invited me to teach his methods. Sadly, he died, prematurely, in 2003. His were very big shoes to fill - he had been a complete life force, doing absolutely everything for the Academy from leading it to checking the loos! I was approached by the trustees to take over.
What attracts you to Archway?
The sheer amount of support we get from the local community. For example, we put on a children's show every year, based on fairytales, and we find that the queue for tickets goes round the block.
Tell me something about Archway that I might not know.
We have the most fantastic potential theatre space right next to the school. It was a textiles factory and later, in the Second World War, a munitions works. It contained an enormous steam forge, which means that it has great height. An ideal theatre space, in fact! We're working at the moment with Foster Wilson architects who have drawn up plans for a 322 seater theatre. We have a potential partner in this SENSE, the theatre company for deaf-blind actors, who are looking for a new base.
This project would be a fantastic facility for Archway - and we want the community to be involved as much as possible. It's a very exciting time in the Academy's development: the architect who drew up the feasibility plan for the theatre described this as "the most exciting space" he'd ever seen.
The Academy plans to hold a two week August Workshop this year from 10th August – 21st August. It runs from Monday to Friday on both weeks and from 8:45am – 5:30pm with breaks.
This is a great course to give you a comprehensive taste of the Science of Acting enjoyed by those who are complete beginners to acting or those wishing to gain a different perspective on their craft. It is hands on, including some practical elements as well as providing theoretical tools to understand key elements of acting.
The tuition fees are £495.00 (including a £195 non-refundable deposit made with the Application). Full details on the website