Ayşe Tashkiran, BA, PGCert, FHEA | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Ayse Tashkiran, BA, PGCert, FHEA

Job title

Senior Lecturer, Co-Course Leader MA/MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching


After joining Central in 2003, I became joint Course Leader of the MA/MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching with Vanessa Ewan in 2004. This is the first and oldest course in Europe to train movement directors and movement teachers. I combine my teaching on this course with practice in professional theatre settings as a movement director and as a researcher in the field of movement direction.

My undergraduate degree is in Drama from Bristol University, and I then trained with Lecoq at L'Ecole International Jacques Lecoq for two years in Paris. After leaving the school I spent twelve years as a physical theatre performer and creator: this included a world tour of Voyageur Immobile with La Compagnie Philippe Genty, shows with Toby Jones and Table Show at BAC, the Traverse Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse, and site-specific performances for Projet InSitu in Syria, South Africa, and France.  

My movement teaching started at Guildford School of Acting in 1998 where I was Senior Tutor of movement for three years. Movement direction practice had started to develop whilst at Lecoq and now became more formalised alongside teaching. The move to Central enabled me develop and innovate in the teaching of movement direction, whilst also continuing to work as a movement director for theatre productions and companies, such as the Young Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Other movement teaching includes workshops and mentoring fine artists at Wimbledon College of Art (2007/8); Art of Regeneration and the National Theatre's Next Generation project working with young people from South London to generate new music theatre (2004-6). I have led workshops in France, where I was movement practitioner for Universite d'automne at the Scene Nationale, Chateau-Gontier (2008/9); I taught chorus work for dancers and actors International Workshop Project, Greece (2008). I continue to run movement direction workshops and on movement and presence internationally (Chile, New York).

I am an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company  and  a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have been an External Examiner for MA Theatre Lab at RADA.

Current projects include:

Writing The Movement Director in Contemporary Theatre (Bloomsbury, Methuen 2019 – forthcoming)

Since 2014, Vanessa Ewan and I have been initiating ways beyond the MA/MFA programme, in which Central as an international centre for actor movement and movement direction, might continue to develop professional movement practitioners and foster research collaborations. We have been delighted to host over 150 movement practitioners at our workshop series as part of the ICM (International Community for Movement). Currently, we are leading a research project that is a unique collaboration between Dr Alexandra Gerstein, art curator at the Courtauld Institute and movement direction practice that ran alongside the Rodin Exhibition at the Courtauld 2016-2017.

Find out more about the International Community for Movement.


Movement: Directing and Teaching, MA/MFA

Advanced Theatre Practice, MA/MFA

Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD)

Teaching Areas

  • Movement direction practice and contexts
  • History of movement direction
  • Movement pedagogy
  • Lecoq inspired chorus work, neutral mask
  • Movement for puppeteers
  • Devising practices

PHD Supervision

Supervision offered in areas of movement pedagogy, movement direction, devising practice, and puppetry in relation to training and directorial practice.


Current movement direction includesDuchess of Malfi by John Webster, directed by Maria Aberg for the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Swan and Tidy Up for Peut Être Theatre National Tour.

Recent work includes: Dido, Queen of Carthage by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Kimberley Sykes for the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Swan; Othello by William Shakespeare, directed by Ellen McDougall at The Sam Wanamaker at Shakespeare's Globe, London; Fantastic Mr Fox written by Roald Dahl adapted by Sam Holcroft, directed by Maria Aberg at the Nuffield Theatre and National and International Tour (UK Theatre Awards 2017 Winner of The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre); Lady Chatterley’s Lover directed by Phillip Breen at the Crucible Theatre and National Tour with ETT; Dr Faustus directed by Maria Aberg for the Royal Shakespeare Company in The Swan and Barbican; The York Minster Mystery Plays, directed by Phillip Breen at York Minster (Winner of best production York Culture Awards 2016); The Government Inspector, directed by Roxana Silbert at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and National Tour; Barbarians (Young Vic) production nominated at the Oliviers 2016, Hecuba, The White Devil, Shoemaker’s Holiday, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, King John, Richard lll and Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company), Sssh Bang (Peut Être Theatre National Tour), Wildefire (Hampstead Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange), The Sleeper (Welsh National Opera Max), Little Eagles (RSC at the Hampstead Theatre), The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath), Day of Significance (RSC, tour) and Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera MAX).

Presentations and Curation includes:

2017. Teaching movement directors of the future. Labanarium, University of Surrey

2016. Digital Theatre Interview on Movement Direction   

2014. History of Movement Direction, video for the National Theatre.

2011. Movement in the 1960s, Royal Shakespeare Company 50th Anniversary, Royal Shakespeare Company Stratford-upon-Avon

2009. Convenor and chair, Roundtable of Movement Directors in Conversation and curator of the Litz Pisk Masterclasses, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

Key Publications

2017.  The Actor and His Body  by Litz Pisk, new introduction by Ayse Tashkiran (Bloomsbury, Methuen 2017). 

2016. ‘British Movement Directors’ in The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq, edited by Rick Kemp and Mark Evans (Abingdon; Routledge, 2016).

Register of Interest

Nothing to declare.