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Royal Central School of Speech & Drama


Actor Training

workshop Festival

5 - 19 June 2018

5th June, 6pm - 7pm (Room A)

Penelope McGhie

I have been an actor for 30 years and working with Katie Mitchell had a profound effect on my process. I create a warm, encouraging environment where actors feel safe to become emotionally available.

An introduction to Meisner’s Repetition Exercise. Aims:

To introduce the actors to the foundations of Meisner’s approach through repetition exercises.

To explore qualities of attention and responsiveness.

To enhance the capacity for dynamic listening.

To engage the ability to respond spontaneously with increased awareness of impulse.

Learning outcomes:

The actors will further their abilities in listening, observing and in diagnostic skills.

Develop greater awareness of instinctive reaction and impulse.

Demonstrate a reduction in self-consciousness through placing their attention onto their scene partners.

Non-Recorded Session.

Attire: Non-restrictive

5th June, 7pm - 9pm (Room A)

Pavlos Christodoulou

I am a theatre/live art maker and artistic director of Dirty Rascals Theatre Company. My teaching interest is in facilitating artists in developing their practice, in dialogue with contemporary performance.

How might we be more creative in performance, and create performance structures which facilitate this? How might the audience themselves be part of creating this art work? Using John Wright’s idea of ‘The Game’ and participatory game structures, we will explore how we might re-interrogate the relationship between artist, audience and the artwork.

Non-Recorded Session.

Attire: Casual

7th June 6pm - 7pm (Room A)

Jamie Buller

I'm a professional actor of many years but have always wanted to move into directing and teaching alongside acting...Love the A.C.T. MA course. Love the Teachers. Love Central. Bit weird being back at Drama School after 27years.


This session explores the power of a "touch". There is the universe before the touch, there is the universe during the touch and then there is the universe after the touch. They should all be different!

Comfort Zones? Force Fields? Buffer zones? Protective Bubbles? 

A "territory" can be an area or space around a person that they claim as there own.

How do we feel about the "touch" ? Is it ok? is it intrusive?

Does music affect how we touch another person? Don't stand so close to me !....Snog , Marry or Avoid ......

You Decide!

Non-Recorded Session.

Attire: Casual

7th June 2018, 7pm - 9pm (Room A)

Eratle Wang

Eratle comes from a film production background who focuses acting for screen and realistic acting. Filmmaking and scriptwriting experience makes her emphasise on the truthful storytelling in acting.

This workshop is aiming to explore realistic acting under given circumstances and how does the collaboration with the environment and subconscious effects the acting. Actors would be working on the arc of the moment through Stanislaviski's practice of character combining with one Viewpoint factor.

Recorded Session : For self-reflection purposes

Attire: Movement clothes

7th June, 6pm - 7:30pm (Portakabin 2)

Gustavo D. Ballejo

Gustavo D. Ballejo is an actor, director and actor coach from Brazil. In the past years, he has focused his work and research around the concept of the "creative actor" combining ideas from practitioners such as J. Lecoq, J. Grotowski and E. Barba.


The actor and the object: an encounter.

In this session, we will explore the possibility of researching and generating theatrical pieces through the relationship between the actor and an object. How can we develop this relationship? How many narrative or dramatic functions can an object adopt? How can I create something from and for myself?

Through a physical and imaginative exploration, this workshop will provide an unusual encounter between actors and objects where each of the participants will find his/her answers to the questions above and devise a path for their own creative journey.

Non-Recorded Session.

Attire: Physical movement, grey/blacks

Attire: Comfortable movement

7th June, 7:30pm - 9pm (Portakabin 2)

Alex Bell

We're doing clowning.

Non-Recorded Session.

8th June, 6pm - 9pm (Room A)

Khairul Kamsani

Theatre maker who wants to do a PhD and be a professional MMA fighter just not sure in which order. Currently trying to base between London and Singapore.

“Stop acting! Be, listen and do.”


Endeavouring to pin down and be part of “contemporary actor training”, Engaged Behaviour emerges as the core of my practice. Drawing from fundamental principles of Meisner and Viewpoints practices we will explore approaches to consistent Engagement with other performers, objects, spaces and contexts that inform and inspire Behaviour. Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov propositions will guide us in placing these behaviours within Circles of Circumstances for theatrical viewing.

Recorded Session : For thesis documentation & website marketing use

Attire: Non-restrictive

Recorded Session : For thesis documentation

Attire: Movement comfortable

12th June, 6pm - 9pm (Room A)

Chuang, Chih-Keng (Taiwan)

I'm a film director, cinematographer, scriptwriter, and editor. Graduated from Taipei National University of Art, MFA Film Directing. Now studying in RCSSD, MA Actor Training and Coaching. Currently working on how to improve the communication between screen actors and directors.


Acting for screen

To enhance the mind-body connections by understand the basic concept of two acting approaches (Michael Chekhov Psychological Gesture and Meisner repetition exercise) and explore two different qualities of spontaneity generated from two approaches. With practical exercises, actors could learn how to cope with the disturbances from the film set and ease the anxiety when facing a camera. 

14th June, 6pm - 7:30pm (Room A)

Ramanjaneyulu Doosari

Actor and Actor Trainer. (Current Inlaks Scholar) graduated from National School of Drama and University of Hyderabad, India. Trained in various traditional theatre forms, yoga and martial arts from India along with the western acting techniques and worked with national and international theatre directors.


The aim of this session is an attempt to introduction to Shringara Rasa (Love) from Navarasa (Basic nine emotions) from Natyashastra (Ancient Indian Sanskrit dramatic text) and the possible interrelation with the Chekhov technique. We explore practically, as an actor how, one could enrich their emotions with the help of activation of our sensory experience, imagination, breath (Prana Vayu) and develop the quality of radiation.


Recorded Session : For continued research documentation

Attire: Movement comfortable

14th June, 7:30pm - 9pm (Room A)

Inyoung Lee

(MFA Actor Training and Coaching), Korean actress, director and acting coach.

My session is about how to embody the character: exploring a way to build the character in rehearsal process, focusing on Rhythm and Tempo through Laban’s Eight Effort Actions and Lecoq’s Play.


Recorded Session : For academic assessment purposes

Attire: Movement comfortable

15th June, 6pm - 9pm (Room A)

Karl Divoky

Karl Divoky hails from Seattle, Washington, USA. He trained and worked as an actor before becoming a stage combat choreographer, director, and actor trainer.


This workshop will explore the possibility of structuring a scene from a play based solely on the exchange of impulses between the actors. Specifically, we will carry out Stanislavski’s Active Analysis, but without the initial reference to the play-text. The first phase will involve psychophysical exercises, adaptations of Meisner Technique, and then open improvisations. The second phase will involve revisiting and refining elements of the improvisations by referencing the play-text, beginning to create the dramatic scenario.


Recorded Session : For academic assessment purposes

Attire: Active

Attire: Active

19th June, 6pm - 9pm (Room A)

Blanka Molnar

An actor trainer and applied theatre practitioner.

My practice lies in pedagogy- the how, in an engaging and embodied way. I’ve been teaching since 2010: leading youth theatre groups, working with kids, teenagers and adults.

The flow-
In this session we will investigate the state of flow- how to get there, and how to maintain it. We’ll look at it from both physical and psychological aspects. How do we listen to our ‘inner flow’, do we need any outside circumstances to work with, how can we split our attention and still be fully invested in a task—are a couple of questions that this session aims to look at.


Recorded Session : For academic assessment, continued research & thesis documentation

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