Past Workshops

The Directors Acting Workshops began in 2001. The success of these workshops is due to directors desire and commitment to learn about their craft and the willingness of established directors to share their process. We have been grateful for the feedback we have received from participants and will endeavour to implement your suggestions wherever and whenever possible.


Directors Acting Summer 2012

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Directors Acting Autumn 2011

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Directors Acting Spring/Summer 2011

Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe - Relationships in Space 9th and 10th April
Tom Wright - Stage Craft 16th and 17th April
David Haugen - Listening and Responding - Meisner and Chekhov 23rd and 24th April
Sinead Rushe - Michael Chekhov (weekend no. 1) 7th and 8th May
Mike Alfreds - Worlds: Exploring and defining the particular reality of a play 23rd - 27th of May
Sinead Rushe - Michael Chekhov (weekend no. 2) 18th and 19th June
Scott Williams - The Meisner Technique: 10 day intensive course 11th -15th and 18th - 22nd July
NLP 3 hour Sessions: 'Reality - what a concept!' 30th June - 2nd, 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th of July
Sinead Rushe - Michael Chekhov (weekend no. 3) 16th and 17th July
Living Pictures Summer Workshop: Stanislavsky's ACTIVE ANALYSIS 1st - 12th August (Monday to Friday)


Directors Acting Autumn 2010

Ian Rickson - Exploring 'Hamlet' - 20th - 24th of September
Robbie Bowman - NLP & Theatre - 25th and 26th of September
Elen Bowman - Naming impressions, naming objectives - 4th - 8th of October
Roxana Silbert - Directing New Plays - 9th and 10th of October
Dominic Cooke - Shakespeareís Language - 4th and 5th of November
Barbara Houseman - The Voice Works - 27th and 28th of November

Directors Acting Summer 2010

Stanislavsky's ACTIVE ANALYSIS - for Actors and Directors - 2nd - 13th August

Directors Acting Autumn 2009

Rufus Norris and Tanya Ronder - Adaptation for the Stage - 12th - 16th of October
Dick McCaw - Not Just Any Body: Feldenkrais for Theatre - 14th and 15th of November
Tom Wright - Stagecraft - 21st - 22nd of November 2009
Rosemary Brandt - Laban - 14th - 17th of December
Katie Mitchell - The Director's Craft - 11th - 22nd of January 2010

Directors Acting Summer 2009

Paule Constable - Lighting (Taster) - July 20th
Gareth Fry - Sound (Taster) - July 27th - 31st
Bella Merlin - The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit - July 27th - 31st
Paul Hunter - Devising - July 27th-31st
Living Pictures Summer Workshop:
Stanislavsky's ACTIVE ANALYSIS - for Actors and Directors - 3rd - 15th August
Scott Williams - The Meisner Technique - 13th - 17th September
Ian Rickson - Getting the Actor Closer to the Text - 14th - 18th September

Directors Acting Spring 2009

Writer/Director Networking Evening - February 24th
Nancy Meckler & Polly Teale - Shared Experience - March 9th - 13th
Scott Williams - The Meisner Technique - April 5th - 9th
Indhu Rubasingham - New Writing - May 11th - 15th
Rosemary Brandt - Laban Weekend - June 6th - 7th

Directors Acting Autumn 2008

Rosemary Brandt - Aplying Laban to Theatre - 6th and 7th September
Dominic Cooke - Directing - September 22nd and 23r
Lilo Baur - Complicity - October 13th - 17th
Elen Bowman - Pictures and Impressions - November 17th - 21st
Rosemary Brandt - Laban - December 15th-19th
Katie Mitchell - The Director's Craft - January 26th - 30th

Directors Acting Spring 2008

Bella Merlin - Stanislavsky Workshop - June 9th - 13th
Rufus Norris and Tanya Ronder - Adapting for the Stage - June 23rd - 27th
Paul Hunter - Devising - July 14th - 18th
Rosemary Brandt - Exploring Laban - May 17th and 18th
Robert Bowman - NLP and Theatre - May 24th and 25th
Mervyn Millar - Objects, Puppetry and Performance - July 19th and 20th

Directors Acting Summer 2008

Bella Merlin - Stanislavsky Workshop - June 9th - 13th
Rufus Norris and Tanya Ronder - Adapting for the Stage - June 23rd - 27th
Paul Hunter - Devising - July 14th - 18th
Rosemary Brandt - Exploring Laban - May 17th and 18th
Robert Bowman - NLP and Theatre - May 24th and 25th
Mervyn Millar - Objects, Puppetry and Performance - July 19th and 20th

Directors Acting 2008

Natalia Fedrova - The Actors' Inner Impulse - March 29th and 30th
Ian Rickson - Getting the Actor Closer to the Text - March 31st to April 4th
John Wright - Text Immersion & Archetypes: two liberating directing strategies - April 7th to 11th
Rosemary Brandt - Exploring Laban - March 8th and 9th

Directors Acting 2007

Elen Bowman - Thinking in Pictures - August 28th to 31st
Tatiana Olear - Character and active analysis - September 3rd to 14th
Dominic Leclerc - Physicalising Text - October 15th to 19th
Rosemary Brandt - LABAN - December 10th to 14th

Directors Acting 2006

Lilo Baur - Le Jeu - June 5th to 9th
Bella Merlin - Active analysis and the art of play - June 12th to 16th
John Wright - Evolving the text - July 3rd to 7th
Mike Alfreds - Meet the world of the play - July 10th to 14th
Katie Mitchell - 2 Week Intensive - July 17th to 28th


Directors Acting 2005

Katie Mitchell - 27th June - 1st July
Christopher Heimann - Michael Chekhov Workshop - 4th - 8th July
Mike Alfreds - 18th - 22nd
July Polly Teale and Nancy Meckler - 21st - 25th November
Kate Maravan - The Meisner Method - 19th - 23rd September
Elen Bowman - Thinking in Pictures - 22nd -26th August


Directors Acting 2004

Dominic Cooke - June 28th to July 2nd
Matthew Lloyd - August 23rd - 27th
Mike Alfreds - September 20th -25th
Polly Teale and Nancy Meckler - October 26th - 30th
Kate Maravan - November 22nd - 27th


Directors Acting 2001 (Pilot)

Supported by the Jerwood Space and Shared Experience Theatre Company, this two week workshop was led by Robert Bowman for established and new directors to experience their theatre art from the point of view of the actor. Using scenes from Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, the directors were given parts and taken through the methodology of Living Pictures Productions. The fortnight concluded with a showing for an invited audience in the rehearsal rooms at Soho Laundry. Those taking part; Polly Teale, Marc Rosenblatt, Martin Constantine, Jo Clayton and Tom Mansfield.

Polly Teale with DA participants 2004