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A Practices & Processes Seminar on Actor Training

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Prof. Gilli Bush Bailey hosts our Senior Visiting Fellow Dr. Rosemary Malague and we welcome the return of Dr. Zachary Dunbar and Dr. Broderick Chow to Central.

18.30 in the New Studio, followed by a reception.


Dr. Malague’s paper entitled ‘Act Like a Feminist: Empowering Strategies for Actresses—and their Teachers’ will revisit key arguments from her book, An Actress Prepares: Women and “the Method” (2012), highlighting three areas in actor training that potentially limit women who act: the biases and processes of teachers, the exercises and techniques themselves, and the dramatic material for which—and with which—actresses prepare. Proposing new strategies for more conscious and collaborative classrooms, challenging acting teachers and students to incorporate feminist concerns into traditional training, Malague will suggest ways in which Stanislavskian techniques might empower actresses to intervene with sexist texts, using subtext as stratagem.

Research@Central is delighted to welcome Dr. Malague as she shares from her newest research project, “Attention Must Be Paid: Staging Linda Loman in the 21st Century,” a comparative evaluation of major revivals of Death of a Salesman.

Welcoming Dr. Dunbar back to Central, his paper ‘Investigating a paradigm shift in Stanislavski’s System through musical theatre actor training – the emotional issue’ investigates some of the practical problems and challenges actors face when preparing to act through song.  His enquiry considers the recent cognitive science turn in the Stanislavski discourse, ideas put forward by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and findings in the psychology of music, to propose an alternative and possibly more fruitful framework for discussing the role of emotions in musical theatre actor training.

Dr. Chow, Central graduate and Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel, University London, returns to present new research which examines performances of fitness and physical culture and their relation to the construction of masculine subjectivities. His paper, ‘#Gainz: Olympic Weightlifting and the Performance of the Built Self,’ will focus on the trope of the ‘built’ self, that is, the imperative of self-improvement and self-construction that is actualised in weightlifting training, drawing on findings from his recent autoethnographic fieldwork with amateur and elite Olympic Weightlifters.



Venue Location

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Eton Avenue
London NW3 3HY

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Event dates

16 Mar 2016 - 6:30pm