PhD student Stephen Atkins leads acting taster sessions

Stephen Atkins

Doctoral student Stephen Atkins, who is undertaking a PhD in Drama: Practice as Research in the School of Arts, has just been interviewed for the website, about  setting up taster training sessions at The Albany Theatre, London, for The Other Acting School. is a site that celebrates London’s West End theatre scene.

Stephen’s thesis is entitled ‘The Embodied Action Cycle: An Integrative Training, Rehearsal and Creation System for Actors’, and is supervised by Professor Paul Allain and Dr Angeliki Varakis-Martin.

‘I am a director but my real passion is teaching and researching actor training methods,’ explains Stephen in the interview, before discussing the breadth of his interests. ‘I bricolage as I go, and I encourage this in my students–to try new methods and find new ways of making them work together. I was originally trained in a physical method derived from Grotowski. Later, in Los Angeles and New York, I went deeply into text-based acting systems. Then I swung right back into the avant garde by spending several years with companies combining devised theatre with butoh, cabaret and political burlesque.’

Stephen’s taster sessions will run on Saturdays from 9 February to 9 March 2019.  A further taster session will be offered to Kent students on Saturday 16 March 2019, 1-5pm (venue to be confirmed).

For more information, and to read the full interview, please see the page here: