Amaia Mugica | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Amaia Mugica


2016 - 2017 The Royal Central School of Speech And Drama, MA Movement: Directing and Teaching
2016 - 2017 Moving Forth SCIO, Edinburgh, Scotland, Laban Movement analysis
2014 Phoenix institute, Melbourne, Dance-movement therapy
2012 - 2013 Roehampton University, Dance-Movement Psychotherapy (Foundation course)
2004 - 2005 Mendizabala College (Vitoria, Spain), Degree in Audiovisual and Performing Arts Technology
1997 - 1999 Diploma in Dramatic Arts, Juan Antxieta Performing Arts College (Bilbao, Spain)

MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE (whilst on MA Movement)

Beautiful (not the Carole King musical) director: Nick Connaughton with Paul O’Donnel. Arcola theatre, community project 50+.  Movement direction: devising of movement based scenes, choreography and devising, warm–ups and weekly movement and choreography for the actors.

Hamlet directed by Max Lewendel for Icarus Theatre. Assistant to the movement director: Warm-ups and character creation for Hamlet, created warm-ups using Laban’s Efforts, one to one work with the actors for character building.

Movement teacher for the MA Advanced theatre practice, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama: Led weekly movement sessions exploring the relation between upper and lower body parts, the connection between feet and ground, movement generated from the core and stillness, using a mixture of Bartenieff fundamentals and Suzuki work.


As a facilitator/teacher:

2015 Movement facilitator for children at Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia. Creative movement sessions to engage children into movement in a playful form.

2014 Movement facilitator for women, WIRE, Melbourne, Australia. Weekly movement session offered to women in risk of social exclusion.

2005-2011 Movement and drama facilitator, TXO-HIESA, Bilbao, Spain. Movement and theatre workshops part of the community based Txo-Hiesa organization, working with people with HIV-AIDS.

2004-2006 Movement and drama teacher, SAN Frantzisko School. Bilbao, Spain. Weekly movement and drama session for children of ages between 5 and 12. Devising of a drama play.

As a performer:

Selected works include:

Depth of Field (Extra role, Chunky move, Australia), Romeo and Juliet (Zenzenzo, Melbourne training), Waves (Karen Mcleod), La chirla de Oro, Azul Marino, Vida y color, Occasion (Patxi B.Zalbidea), Performoney, Mariposas, Ohlala, Magnetism, Bloody Marie, Te rozas, Circo Joven de Alahoma (ADA theatre), Eveliez, Un minuto y medio (Spookypheria productions), Escalofrios, Noche de terror (Scary theatre, Patxi B.Zalbidea)


Amaia is a London based Spanish movement director and performer. She started contemporary dance as a child and went on to develop a career in performing arts. Amaia has performed in a variety of roles and in different forms. Throughout her career she has trained in a range of performing styles, with different practitioners and using multiple methods, allowing her to obtain an eclectic practice. Recently her training in physical theatre launched her into movement- based theatre making. Since then, she has been involved in the creation of performances where methods such as Viewpoints or Suzuki have been used for the creation of stories told in non-conventional ways.

She is very interested in the application of movement in community settings working with the belief that the use of the performing arts empowers people. Her curiosity led her to gain a Degree in Dance Movement therapy, which deepened her understanding of the positive psychological effects of movement on people.

In addition to her performance and teaching experience, Amaia also holds a Degree in Audiovisual and Performing Arts Technology, which she studied to understand technical aspects of a performance when she co-created a ADA theatre company in Spain .During the 15 year life span of this company she has co-devised a range of production work from comic stories to street theatre to site-specific performances.

She is interested in cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary movement work, and is applying somatic practices such as Laban/Bartenieff system in actor training.


Physical theatre, Laban/Bartenieff, Suzuki actor training, theatre choreography, movement devising, site-specific and street theatre. Currently training in Butoh.