The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama was founded by Elsie Fogerty in 1906 to offer a new form of training in speech and drama for young actors and other students. It became a constituent of the University of London in 2005, it is a member of the Federation of Drama Schools. The school offers undergraduate, research degrees, short courses in acting, actor training, applied theatre, theatre crafts and making, drama therapy, musical theatre, producing, research, stage management, teacher training, technical arts and writing. On 9 October 2008 the school announced that Harold Pinter, the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature and Central alumnus, had agreed to become its president and to receive an honorary fellowship in the school's graduation ceremony on 10 December 2008, but Pinter had to receive it in absentia, because of ill health, he died two weeks later. Michael Grandage, a Central graduate and artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, has now been appointed President. Elsie Fogerty founded The Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art at the Royal Albert Hall in 1906.
Fogerty was a specialist in speech training and held a firm belief in the social importance of education. She was committed to advancing the study of theatre as an academic discipline. In 1957 the school moved from the Royal Albert Hall, having acquired the lease of the Embassy Theatre at Swiss Cottage and its associated buildings. By 1961 three distinct departments had been established within Central; the stage department was running its three-year course for actors, with alumni including Laurence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft a part of its history, a two-year course for stage managers. The teacher training department was preparing students for its own diploma, a recognised teaching qualification, for the London University Diploma in Dramatic Art; that diploma had been instituted in 1912 as a result of Fogerty's campaign for the recognition of drama and drama teaching as subjects worthy of serious academic study. By this time, the school was as known for its speech therapy department as for its work in training actors.
In 1972 Central became grant-aided by the Inner London Education Authority. In 1989 it was incorporated as a higher education college in its own right and funded directly by government. Central had been offering degrees since 1986, firstly validated by the Council for National Academic Awards and from 1992 by the Open University. In 2004 the Privy Council granted the Central the power to award its own taught degrees. In 2005 students from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art transferred to Central after a 100-year history of significant contributions to stage and screen. In the same year, the school was designated as the Higher Education Funding Council for England's Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre. With effect from September 2005 Central became a college of the University of London realising the ambitions articulated a hundred years earlier by its founder Elsie Fogerty. Apart from its notable alumni, who include Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Judi Dench, Cameron Mackintosh, Harold Pinter, Jason Isaacs and James Fox, the school has had some notable staff.
In the 1960s Yat Malmgren taught movement, based on principles derived from Laban. On 29 November 2012 the adjective Royal was bestowed on the school by Elizabeth II in recognition of its reputation as a "world-class institution for exceptional professional training in theatre and performance studies", it is entitled to use it in official documentation, although it continues to be colloquially referred to as "Central". The school's Patron, Princess Alexandra of Kent, played a role in recommending the institution for the adjective; the school is located at Swiss Cottage in North London, an area, being redeveloped as a "civic and cultural quarter" which includes a new extension building for the school, replacing 1960's accommodation. The school's theatre is located inside the new building, awarded a BREEAM rating of "very good". On 9 October 2008, the school announced that Harold Pinter, who attended the school in 1950–51, had agreed to become its president, succeeding Labour Party politician Peter Mandelson, who had rejoined the government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Current president of Central is Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse and alumnus of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Current Principal Gavin Henderson is an English arts administrator and trumpeter. Deputy Principal / Deputy CEO / Clerk to Deborah Scully; these included Registrar at Southwark College, London. Deputy Principal and Professor of Theatre, Simon Shepherd, joined Central in 2001. A Professor of Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London, before that Professor of Drama at the University of Notti
Gérard Jean-Juste was a Roman Catholic priest and rector of Saint Claire's church for the poor in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was a liberation theologian and a supporter of the Fanmi Lavalas political party, as well as heading the Miami, Florida-based Haitian Refugee Center from 1977 to 1990. In 2004, he became internationally noted as an opponent of the interim government of Prime Minister Gérard Latortue following the overthrow of the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the 2004 Haitian coup d'état, he was arrested twice for his political work, leading Amnesty International to designate him a prisoner of conscience. In his obituary, the Associated Press described him as being "often considered the Martin Luther King Jr. of Haiti". Gérard Jean-Juste was born in 1946 in Haiti. A Roman Catholic, Jean-Juste attended a Canadian seminary before becoming the first Haitian to be ordained in the U. S. at Brooklyn's Church of St. Avila. Following his ordination, he worked for a time in a rural parish in Haiti, an experience which increased his commitment to liberation theology and the service of the poor.
In 1971, Jean-Juste was asked to sign a loyalty oath to the Jean-Claude Duvalier government. He refused and fled to the U. S. There he served at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross while completing bachelor's degrees in engineering technology and civil engineering at Northeastern University. Observing the due process violations that many Haitian refugees faced in the 1970s, Jean-Juste founded the Miami-based Haitian Refugee Center to assist them, he would supervise the organization from 1977 to 1990. A major point of his advocacy was to change to the U. S.'s differing treatment of Haitian refugees. As part of his work with the organization, Jean-Juste picketed Miami's Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy, calling him a racist for failing to advocate on behalf of refugees; as punishment, Jean-Juste was forbidden by his church superiors from celebrating Mass in the area. He found himself in trouble with church hierarchy for conducting Catholic funeral services for refugees who had drowned at sea regardless of their religious background.
Jean-Juste returned to Haiti in 1991, becoming a "prominent supporter" of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democratically elected president, his Fanmi Lavalas party. Following a military coup by Raoul Cédras that unseated Aristide less than a year after his election, Jean-Juste spent the next three years in hiding; when Aristide resumed office in 1994, Jean-Juste resumed his work as well, becoming rector of Saint Claire's church in Port-au-Prince. One of his legacies is a food program for hungry children in the St. Claire's neighborhood, which continues to be supported by the What If? Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Berkeley, CA. In 2004, Aristide was again deposed by a military coup. Jean-Juste became an outspoken critic of the U. S.-supported interim government that followed, headed by Gérard Latortue. He soon became a "target" of government pressure, leading a brief arrest in late 2004 on charges of hiding pro-Aristide soldiers. In July 2005, Jean-Juste and Fanmi Lavalas were accused by Haitian state media of involvement in the death of journalist Jacques Roche.
Roche, a columnist for Le Matin had been kidnapped on July 10, held for ransom, "tortured with extreme cruelty" before being found dead four days later. When attending Roche's funeral on July 21, Jean-Juste was attacked by a group of mourners and arrested; as Jean-Juste had been in Miami for the duration of the kidnapping, international organizations found the charges to be "laughable". His New York Times obituary, for example, describes the charges as "universally regarded as politically motivated". Amnesty International designated him a prisoner of conscience, "detained for the legitimate expression of his opinions". Signs calling for Jean-Juste's release became a common sight around the Miami neighborhood of Little Haiti. At the time of his arrest, Jean-Juste was being considered as a Fanmi Lavalas candidate for the 2006 presidential election. However, electoral authorities ruled that Jean-Juste could not be properly registered as a candidate due to his incarceration, prompting Fanmi Lavalas to threaten to boycott the poll.
Jean-Juste endorsed the eventual winner, René Préval. In late December 2005, Paul Farmer, a U. S. physician who co-founded Partners in Health, examined Jean-Juste and confirmed that he had chronic lympocytic leukemia, telling a reporter that "Father Gerry's in serious trouble if he isn't released from jail to receive proper medical attention in the United States." Jean-Juste was given temporary release from prison to seek care in Miami in early 2006. However, he returned to Haiti in November 2007 to defend himself against the still-pending charges; when asked about his experience with weapons, he replied, "My rosary is my only weapon". The charges against him were dismissed. Jean-Juste died in a hospital in the Miami area on May 27, 2009. On September 11, 2006, the University of San Francisco conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree on Fr. Jean-Juste to recognize his human rights and social justice work on behalf of Haiti's poor; the Carter Center named Jean-Juste one of the "Featured Human Rights Defenders" of its Human Rights Defenders Initiative
Gary Charles Holle is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the Texas Rangers in 1979. Prior to playing professionally, he attended Catholic Central High School and Siena College. While at Siena College, he starred in baseball and basketball, was elected to the Siena sports Hall of Fame, he was an All-American basketball player, however he chose to pursue a career in baseball instead. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 13th round of the 1976 amateur draft; that year, he began his professional career, playing for two teams - the Newark Co-Pilots and the Berkshire Brewers. He hit a combined.320 with 16 doubles and four triples in 73 games. In 1977, he played for the Holyoke Millers, hitting.253 with 25 doubles. He split the 1978 season between the Millers and the Spokane Indians, hitting a combined.277 with 18 home runs and 84 RBI. On December 15, 1978, he was traded by the Brewers with Ed Farmer to the Rangers for Reggie Cleveland, he spent most of 1979 in the minors, spending the first part of the season in the Rangers' chain, hitting.341 in 52 games for the Tucson Toros.
On June 2, 1979, he made his major league debut, appearing as a pinch hitter for Rangers outfielder Johnny Grubb. He grounded out in his only at-bat of the game. Although his defensive position was first baseman, he only played in the field in one game in his brief big league career, he was used as a pinch hitter. He had six at-bats in the big leagues. On June 14, 1979, he played his final big league game, on June 15 he was traded with Ed Farmer to the Chicago White Sox for Eric Soderholm, he finished the 1979 season with the White Sox Triple-A farm team, the Iowa Oaks, hitting.273 in 39 games for them. He played for three minor league teams in 1980 - the Oaks, the Phoenix Giants and the Charleston Charlies, he hit a combined.316 with 60 RBI in 111 games. In 1981, he played for the Edmonton Trappers, hitting.327 with 26 home runs and 88 RBI. He was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on October 30, 1981 with Dewey Robinson for minor leaguer Jose Castro, however he never played in the Phillies' system.
Overall, he hit 297 with 111 home runs in six minor league seasons. After his retirement as a player, Holle served as General Manager of the Continental Basketball Association's Albany Patroons. In that position, the Patroons won the 1984 CBA Championship, with Phil Jackson as its coach, his son, Gary Holle, Jr. plays basketball at Siena College. Another son of his, Greg Holle, played baseball at the Christian Brothers Academy in the Albany, New York area and was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 35th Round of the Amateur Entry Draft in 2007. However, he opted instead to attend college and is a starting pitcher for Texas Christian University