Gabriel Hirschhorn | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Gabriel Hirschhorn


2017 - 2019 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching
2012 - 2014 Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Professional Course
2009 - 2012 Célia Helena Centro de Artes e Educação, Professional Acing Course
2005 - 2009 University of Sao Paulo, BA Economics


Whilst on the MFA Movement


Movement Teaching Attachment: 1st year BA Acting, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, mentor Vanessa Ewan. Physical Storytelling within the Seeking Neutral Unit.

Movement Direction Attachment: T Junction Festival, ST. Mary's University, Twickenham. Movement Director for the festival's 3 plays.

Movement Direction Attachment: The Big Event, 20 Stories High, Liverpool. Creative Leader for the devising of a short play with young people in 5 days.

Movement Direction Placement: The Bacchae, MA Acting at East 15, director Jaz Woodcock-Stewart. Chorus work and support for the overall physical language of the piece (exhaustion; control Vs. loss of control).

Movement Direction Placement: Secessionville, 3rd year BA American Theatre at Rose Bruford College, mentor Steve Dykes. Facilitation of the devising of movement sequences for stage and projection, as well as work in specific character physicalities, such as being shot at the stomach and vegetative state.

Movement Direction Placement: Into the blue, 1st year BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at Central at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, director Tom Cornford, mentor Anna Morrissey. Co-facilitation of the devising of a movement-based piece touring in Cornwall and nurseries.

Movement Teaching Placement: 1st year BA Theatre Practices (Puppetry), The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, mentor Ioli Filippakopoulou. Movement Fundamentals.


Movement Teaching and Movement Direction Attachment: Tinderbox Theatre - Belfast, mentor Patrick J O’Reilly (planned for January-March)

Movement Teaching and Movement Direction Attachment: The Lir Academy - Dublin, mentor Sue Mythen (planned for May-July)


2017 Assistant Director and Movement Director: Godspell, director Dagoberto Feliz, multiple venues.

2016-2017 Deviser: Chiquita Bacana, by Folias D'Arte, director Dagoberto Feliz, multiple venues.

2015-2017 Deviser: 50+ short plays by Teatro Fósforo, multiple venues.

2016 Assistant Director and Deviser: RAMP, by Teatro Fósforo, director Shona Cowie at Cultura Inglesa Vila Mariana.

2015 Director and Movement Director: Cabaré Submundo by Teatro Fósforo at Pequeno Ato.

2014 Deviser: The Middle Place, by Murder & Create Theatre at Camden People’s Theatre.

2013 Creator and screenwriter: Contos do Edgar, O2 Filmes, director Pedro Morelli – FOX


2015-2017 Deviser-facilitator: workshops, lectures and cultural events by Teatro Fósforo at multiple venues.

2015-2016 Bilingual facilitator: drama groups for all ages at Cultura Inglesa.


Physical storytelling, devised movement, element work, animal studies, chorus work, mimodynamics, character physicality, mask work (neutral, larval, expressive, commedia, clown), bouffon, object manipulation, puppetry, tréteau (reduced space work), mime, basic acrobatics, multilingual facilitation, consecutive translation.


Portuguese (native), English (fluent), French (fluent), Italian (advanced), Spanish (advanced).


Gabriel has always been passionate about movement and storytelling. He spent his childhood and teenage years playing every kind of game and sport, and creating and writing stories of all sorts. His dream was to be a football player until the age of 35, and then an actor. With a brief encounter with Journalism, an international exchange program in Political Sciences and a degree in Economics, he was still looking for something else. He tried Theatre, and liked it so much that, after completing his professional training in Brazil, he moved to Paris to specialise at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq. There, he discovered the power of movement in storytelling and, to his surprise, his two passions finally merged.

After finishing Lecoq, Gabriel returned to Brazil, where he founded Teatro Fósforo, a physical theatre company that has created and produced plays, cabaret evenings, storytelling pieces and lectures, as well as Lecoq based workshops on space, mask, elements, improvisation and more – the company devised and performed more than 100 presentations over 2 years. Gabriel has also led drama groups in English and Portuguese for all ages, acted, directed, assistant-directed and movement-directed within various productions, as well as translated papers and books from and into several languages. He also created and wrote the TV series Contos do Edgar, produced by Fernando Meirelles (O2 Filmes) for FOX.

Movement being the base of all his work, Gabriel decided to move yet again. This time to London, to specialise in the MFA Movement at Central.