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GRiT (Graduate Research in Theatre): "Practising rebellion: Laboratory Theatre as a model for a certain Post Graduate Actor / Performer Training"

Venue: Online

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Based on generic QAA descriptors for a Masters level study, we might suggest that both rigour and revolution should be explicitly embedded in the pedagogic approach to Post Graduate Actor / Performer programmes. In fact any actor training might do if we are to go by Stanislavski, who said: “Create your own method. Don’t depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you!” Cited by Joshua Logan, in 'Foreword' to Moore S. The Stanislavski System (New York: Penguin Books, 1984) This talk will discuss what shifts a Laboratory-based approach to training at a UK Post Graduate actor training level might suggest. 

Ian Morgan is the Course Leader of RADA's innovative MA Theatre Lab programme. 
After his initial training in the UK Ian worked and developed as a performer in France with Monika Pagneux and Philipe Gaulier and with Teatro Pirequa at the Théâtre du Soleil, before joining Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards’s Workcenter in the 90s.
Returning to the UK, he was a founding member of Mkultra Performance Collective led by Peader Kirk. Over the years he has devised and performed with artists including Meredith Monk, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Enrique Pardo, Philip Zarrilli, Helen Chadwick and Dan Canham’s Still House project.
In 2003 Ian joined the award-winning Song of the Goat Theatre in Poland, staying for ten years, also teaching on its ground-breaking MA in Acting.  From 2014 he was Course Leader for the MA/MFA in Actor Training and Coaching at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has taught on RADA’s MA Theatre Lab since its inception in 2012 and became course leader in 2017.

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