BiographyI 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.
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.
Fellwalking, Tai Chi, Classical Guitar, cooking.