Debbie Green, MA, FHEA

Job title

Senior Lecturer

Profile

I am Senior Lecturer and one of the two resident Actor Movement tutors on the three-year Acting Course at Central. My vocational training as a ballet dancer was at Rambert School of Ballet, Mercury Theatre, London,  and embarked on a professional career as dancer in Stadttheater Kiel and choreographer for theatre film and TV in London, including video promos and commercials. I then furthered my study of Odissi dance at the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar, basic T’ai-Chi Chuan practice in London and graduated from an MA in Movement Studies at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. At this point I began teaching actors - cover and visiting tutor teaching - at LAMDA, Samuel Beckett, Dublin, Drama Studio, RADA, Arts Educational, as well as at the Actors Institute, which culminated in a permanent job at Central.

I co-designed the unique 3 Year Acting course movement curriculum with Vanessa Ewan; we went on to co-create the first ever MA in movement for actors in 2002 (which became Central’s current MA Movement: Directing and Teaching). The co-authorship of the course template was the trigger for our co-authored book Actor Movement: expression of the physical being, Bloomsbury, 2014.

I specialise in class-work for the long term process of developing the actor’s body through focus on fundamental body-work and form, which outside the classroom, has been encapsulated in the key publications listed below and specifically in Chapter Two, ‘Connecting with the body’ of Vanessa Ewan & Debbie Greens’ Actor Movement; Expression of the Physical Being, Bloomsbury 2014.

Teaching Areas

  • Actor Movement - Movement Fundamentals:
  • Floorwork to standing work - progressive work with form
  • Body Preparation for Cardiovascular Work
  • Contact Improvisation for actors in training
  • Work derived from Roth’s Five Rhythms
  • Limbers
  • The energetic and sensual body
  • The Actor’s Body; Identity & Image (TABII)

Areas of Expertise

  • Actor Movement Fundamentals within training

Courses

Acting, BA

Movement: Directing and Teaching, MA/MFA

Key Publications

2014, Actor Movement: Expression of the Physical Being, Vanessa Ewan & Debbie Green (London, USA, Bloomsbury)

2012, ‘From grounded foot to leaping foot’, Ita O’Brien & Debbie Green, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, Vol.3(1), (Routledge Taylor Francis Group), pp. 99-118

2009, 'Integrated Movement Practices and Breath', in Breath in Action, eds. J. Boston and R. Cook (London: Jessica Kingsley), pp. 161-172

Practice

I was part of a small group of resident staff from Central’s Wardrobe, BA Acting Movement and Student Counselling who originated and developed work around The Actor’s Body; Identity & Image (TABII) from which has been created BA (Hons) Acting timetabled sessions including The Costume and Body, How Far Would You Go? and The Actor’s Headshot, (developed by TABII with Clare Park, photographer).

2014, December, one of two Workshop Leaders for the inaugural workshop ‘Rhythm and Sensation’ in Series One, International Movement Centre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

E-mail

debbie.green@cssd.ac.uk