Facilities and resources
At the Loughton Campus
Hatfields consists of a beautiful Georgian dower house, set in five acres of lawns, with orchards, flowerbeds and a small lake, providing an idyllic atmosphere for study, relaxation and performance.
Studios at Hatfields Campus include the Courtyard Studios (six large rehearsal spaces, a radio studio and a screening room), the Orchard Studios (providing three additional rehearsal spaces) and the Dance Studio (which provides first-class facilities for ballet, jazz and other movement work). The Radio Studio is equipped for the recording of radio plays and voiceover work, while a Screening Room is used for screening both DVD and VHS on a large screen, with stereo speakers. This is used for lecturing, guest speakers and for screening films produced at East 15. There are an additional 14 studios for student use.
The Corbett Theatre
Hatfields is also home to the Corbett Theatre, named in honour of Harry H Corbett, an important Theatre Workshop member and early benefactor of East 15. The building is a medieval tithe barn that was dismantled and transported to Hatfields in the 1960s. Its unusual origins create a unique performance space with a special atmosphere. Combined with full technical facilities, tiered seating for 125 people and fitted dressing rooms, the theatre provides an excellent resource for public productions. Lectures, rehearsals and technical classes also take place here, while the adjacent and newly extended Theatre Foyer Bar and Cafe provides a social meeting point for students and staff.
Computing facilities and the Library
Computer rooms are based at Hatfields (there are also computer facilities at Roding House and at the Technical Unit) which include computers, internet access, printers and photocopiers. In addition there is a new and growing library within Hatfields House and students can also use the Colchester Campus library, which has holdings amounting to over one million books, periodical issues and microfilms, including 7,300 current periodicals.
Roding House and the Costume Department
Just a five-minute walk from Hatfields is Roding House, a new £1.3 million facility with ten rehearsal rooms, a green room/cafe and sound recording studio. The extensive costume department is also based here.
Unit Four is home to the The Technical Theatre course and is situated in it's own £1.5 million facility, next to Roding House. It houses the large technical department and contains a workshop, paint shop, prop shop, prop storage facilities and teaching spaces.
At the Southend Campus
The Clifftown Studios and Theatre
Opened in 2010, this magnificent one-time Victorian Gothic Church has now been converted into learning and performance spaces while the nave of the original building has become a state-of-the-art theatre.
The Gateway Building
The top floor of the Gateway Building at the Southend Campus has seven fully-equipped, state-of-the-art rehearsal studios with panoramic views across Southend-on-Sea. There are also seminar rooms and media production resources.
Computing facilities and the library
Computer facilities are available at the Gateway Building for all East 15 students, while books and other materials to support East 15's programmes at Southend are available from South East Essex College library, which is adjacent to the Southend Campus.
The Students' Union
The new Students' Union facility on the Southend Campus provides a dedicated space for students to meet, have a coffee, relax and watch films or sport.