Jake Harders, BA, MA, MPhil | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Jake Harders, BA, MA, MPhil

Job title

Visiting Lecturer - Diplomas, Evening, Business and Short Courses


Jake trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he gained a Distinction on the BA Acting Course. Jake also studied with and has been profoundly influenced by many of Jerzy Grotowski’s original actors at the Grotowski Center, Poland. His current PhD research is on the contribution of Grotowski to UK actor training.

Since graduating in Acting from Central, Jake has travelled the world working as an award winning professional actor in theatre, television, film and radio. He discovered that if you really want to understand how to act, you have to be able to teach it . He has also worked as a visiting lecturer, theatre director, teacher of acting and recently as maternity cover Community and Diploma Manager at Central. He favours teaching through student-centred learning, and specializes in  working safely with emotion and working with the body as well as the mind. He devises and directs using Stanislavski’s Method of Physical Actions and Action Analysis and the experimental techniques of Grotowski. He recently delivered teaching demonstrations at The Makings of the Actor International Theatre Conference, Athens, and The Actor and Characters Theatre Conference, Vilnius.

Jake teaches across all subject areas of the Diplomas, Evening Courses, Business Courses and Outreach programmes at Central. He is also Senior Tutor with the Young Film Academy where he teaches acting for camera.

External Memberships

International Federation for Theatre Research


Acting - Working with Text

Acting - For Camera

Gap Year Diploma

Acting Diploma

Business Training - Central for Business


Performance Making Diploma for Learning Disabled and Autistic Adults