Dick  McCaw Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Dick McCaw

Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre
Royal Holloway, University of London

I came late to writing, having spent the first twenty years of my career working in professional theatre. I began my academic career in 2007. My writing output to date has covered two fields: the ideas of movement pioneer Rudolf Laban and his followers, and the thinking of Mikhail Bakhtin and how it relates to theatre practice. I am currently writing The Actor's Body- A Guide for Methuen. My ongoing research is into the relationship between actor-training and neurophysiology.


I began my career as musician with The Actor's Touring Company. I soon became the administrator of the company. In 1981 I co-founded The Medieval Players, again, working as a musician as well as being producer. After having worked as assistant director of the International Workshop between 1989 and 1992, I was appointed Artistic Director in 1993 and left in 2001 to undertake a PhD, and to begin training in The Feldenkrais Method and in Laban Movement. In 2004 I successfully defended my PhD thesis, Bakhtin's Other Theatre, and in 2007 I qualified as a Feldenkrais  Practitioner. Also in 2007 I was appointed a part-time Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. I have still managed to keep my connections with the profession, as well as writing two books, and editing one (on Laban). I am currently working on a book called The Actor's Body - a Guide. It will draw on my experience of organising professional workshops and teaching students of theatre.


    Cambridge University, BA Hons (1978), Univ. London PhD(2004)

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    I have been working as a Feldenkrais practitioner since 2007. I continue my research into the ideas and practice of Rudolf Laban and my online catalogue of the Laban Collection at the Brotherton Library (University of Leeds) went live. I have been researching the relation between neurophysiology and actor training over the past eight years, some of this research will feature in my forthcoming book, The Actor's Body - a Guide. I am also very keen on the practice of improvisation and devising as a means of creating performance.

Personal Interests

    Fellwalking, Tai Chi, Classical Guitar, cooking.


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