Ian Philip Morgan, BA, MA

Job title

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MA/MFA Actor Training and Coaching

Profile

Alongside my teaching at Central, I work as a theatre / performance maker and actor trainer in various contexts.

Having initially trained in Monica Pagneux’s studio with Phillipe Gaulier and with Teatro Pirequa, a training company at the Théâtre du Soleil (both in France), I went onto work with Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards at their Workcenter in Italy for three years in the 1990s. During this time I realised the level of commitment required to exploring psycho - physical performance and actor training at the highest level.

Since then I have been fortunate to explore actor / performer centred creativity, making work, for example with Meredith Monk, Guillermo Gómez–Peña (both US), Helen Chadwick, Mkultra Performance Collective, Moon Fool at Trestle Theatre, Man Act, The Llanarth group – and Phillip Zarrilli), and with Dan Canham’s Still House project (all UK).

From 2004 - 2014 I was a core member of the award winning Polish ensemble theatre, Song of the Goat. The company developed a unique performer training process called co-ordination, exploring the actor’s psychophysical work in a heightened performance style with a strong sense of musicality. We also ran an MA in Acting with Manchester Metropolitan University from Wroclaw in Poland, on which I taught over 8 years.

Recently I have been working with director Peader Kirk exploring approaches to devising performance synthesising Live Art strategies and European laboratory theatre techniques, exploring inclusive training techniques. The resultant piece Fragments of Clay, supported by ACE and the British Council, represented Europe in the 2014 edition of the Black Box Festival in Hong Kong.

More recently I have returned to exploring a heightened form of physical performance, collaborating with Animiki Theatre as co-director on their first work Origins at the Lowry (Manchester) and the South Bank Centre (London).

As an actor trainer I have taught widely in both drama schools and universities in the UK and led workshops around the world. Since 2013, alongside my work at Central, I have been an associate teacher on the RADA MA theatre LAB and Teaching Fellow at Brunel University.

I am a member of TaPRA.

Courses

Actor Training and Coaching, MA/MFA

Teaching Areas

  • Actor Training Approaches
  • Studio Pedagogy
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Practice as/based Research

Research Areas

  • Acting
  • Physical Performance
  • Devising and direction (dramturgy of performance)
  • Training approaches
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Live art
  • PaR

Key Publications

2013. ‘An actor’s journey between Wales and Wroclaw’, in The Contemporary Ensemble Interviews with Theatre-Makers”, edited by Duška Radosavljević (Abingdon: Routledge), pp. 116-125.

Creative Practice

2016. Co-director, Origins, Lowry Manchester, South Bank Centre, London and various, (Animikii Theatre),

2014 /15. Co-creator and performer, Fragments of Clay, Hong Kong Black Box Theatre Festival, The Albany Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Studio, etc. (director: Peader Kirk)

2013 / 14. Performer, Ours Was a Fen Country, RNT Shed and various international touring, Still House, (director: Dan Canham)

2004 / 2013. Performer / collaborator various productions (Chronicales: A Lamentation, Lacrimosa, Macbeth and Songs of Lear), international touring, Song of the Goat Theatre, Poland (director Grzegorz Bral)

2013. Director and dramaturg, Nine Days They Fell, RADA Theatre LAB.

2012. Performer co-collaborator, Echo Chamber, Cardiff Chapter Arts, The Llanarth Group (director: Peader Kirk, company: Phillip Zarrilli)

2010. Director / dramaturg, Moon Fool for Moon Fool and Trestle Theatre.

Teaching Practice

This includes directing and teaching work for Rose Bruford College, RADA, E15, Manchester Metropolitan University, Exeter University, University of Kent, Canterbury, Aberystwyth University, Goldsmiths, Huddersfield University, The British Grotowski Project, City Lit, Disability Arts Cymru, Welsh National Dance Company, etc.  

Website

www.fragmentsofclay.org.uk

E-mail

Ian.Morgan@cssd.ac.uk

Twitter

@MAactortraining