Director Coaching“I learnt a huge amount from Living Pictures. I took part in a movement course the company ran and attended directing classes taught by Elen Bowman. Elen is a fantastic teacher, who stimulated and supported my personal and professional development over the year. The classes inspired me in my creative work and helped me reflect on my life beyond work, helping me to understand myself more as an artist, as well as instilling indispensible practical skills.”
   – Matthew Evans (Director, JMK Award winner 2010)

Elen’s coaching practice began at the Royal Court Theatre in 1999 with Katie Mitchell, Ian Rickson and James MacDonald.

The teaching stems from a Stanislavsky-based methodology which incorporates a holistic approach to directors learning. Elen draws her teaching from her training with Sam Kogan/Maria Knebel, Mike Alfreds, Sandford Meisner practice and other creative and holistic practices.


“Living Pictures has been invaluable in my development for working with actors and understanding text.”
   – Abigail Graham

To study with Elen, directors first meet face to face for a two hour session in Cardiff or Swansea in order to clarify needs and objectives (£45ph).

Subsequent sessions can take place on Skype (£40ph). Classes are booked subject to availability.

Areas covered are:

  • Text analysis (facts, pictures, character, actions, objectives, events, themes).
  • Rehearsal techniques.
  • Coaching support through a rehearsal process and production.
  • Methods to enhance Director performance.
  • Script analysis coaching for specific projects (there is a script reading fee attached to this service).

Contact [email protected] with an email stating the area of learning you wish to explore.