Gabriele Lombardo | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Gabriele Lombardo

Training

2017 - 2018 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA Movement: Directing and Teaching
2011 - 2014 The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, BA (Hons) Acting: Collaborative and Devised Theatre

Experience

Whilst on the MA Movement

2018

Project Assistant to Kate Flatt, The Weathermen, Watford Palace Theatre.

Movement Director to Andrea Brooks, Like A Memory Lost, Corbett Theatre, East 15 Acting School.

Performing Research project exploring the role of movement in breaking down the ‘nature’ versus ‘human’ dichotomy. Worked with actors and fellow movement pedagogues to create an actor movement sequence drawing on element work and qigong as part of a wider practice to help the actor use elements of the ‘natural’ world for continued training and increased expressivity.

Movement Teacher Placement to Ana Marambio on MA Advanced Theatre Practice. Worked with students over a term to offer a foundation in key movement principles using yoga and qigong, as well as the creative application of said principles in improvised movement for making original work.

Other Movement Experience

Selected Productions and Projects

2018

Movement Consultant to Square Peg, Round Hole Theatre Company, Not Quite, The Drayton Arms Theatre. Worked with the company on building a coherent movement language and specific movement sequences.

2017

Performer and Deviser to Sinead Rushe, Vicki Manderson and Neil Bettles, Loaded, Birmingham Old Rep Theatre. Worked as original company member on this dance-theatre piece on exploring gravity and carrying weight, first devised in 2014.

2016

ALRA. Facilitated a series of movement-based workshops to BA Acting students on devising and making original work within the context of a company.

Performer and Deviser to Vantage Point Theatre, This Might Be It, Theatre N16. Worked as original company member, from first sketch to performance, exploring the relationship between technology and the epidemic of loneliness.

Performer and Deviser to Page One Theatre, Lights Out, IYAF, Rose Theatre Kingston Theatre. Worked to devise, develop and perform in this light-immersive show for 3-5 year olds where a brother and sister go looking for the moon. Lead workshops inspired by the piece for children attending Fun Palaces 2016 (Arts Depot) and Fun Palaces 2017 (Poplar Union).

Researcher to Elayce Ismail, Ensemble, Lyric Hammersmith. Worked as an actor/researcher at the Lyric Hammersmith over four weeks with directors Elayce Ismail, exploring innovative ways of approaching ensemble work.

2015

Movement Specialist to Imaginarium Studios, Fungus the Bogeyman, Sky 1. Worked in full-body suits for motion capture to create the movement of the ‘bogeymen’.

Skills

BASSC-Rapier, Dagger & Unarmed (basic certificate), Clown, Half/Full Mask, Physical Theatre, Children's Theatre, Devising, Michael Chekhov Technique, Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga (Yoga Professionals Alliance Associate Teacher Level 1), Qigong, Diablo, Juggling, Unicycling, DBS checked.

Profile

After training with Italian theatre company Quelli di Grock in his hometown of Milan, Gabriele moved to London to undertake formal actor training on the Acting: Collaborative and Devised Theatre course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. It was here that his fascination with actor movement started, and since working professionally as an actor he has returned to Central to deepen his commitment to the body’s expressivity through teaching and directing movement.

Gabriele’s practice integrates various forms that were key to his development as an actor: Lecoq, Viewpoints, the Michael Chekhov technique, Qigong, and Yoga (which he furthered by certifying as an Ashtanga Yoga Associate Teacher Level 1). While highlighting different ways of relating to the body, Gabriele holds all of these practices in the belief that acting and movement are different names for the same process. Discovering this in his own journey as a performer has inspired him to share this on-going understanding of body-based acting processes with other actors.

Following the specialism of his own training, Gabriele has worked on ensemble-based projects by devising new work as part of a collaborative process. Companies he has collaborated with include Curious Directive, Out of Inc., Page One Theatre, and PIGDOG. In 2016, he co-founded Vantage Point Theatre where performed as well as co-wrote and co-directed the ensemble’s original work.

Gabriele is passionate about making work that reflects the long-term reflections and questions arising from a close collaboration with a wide array of different artists, and seeks to recreate this in his movement direction work.

Email

gabriele.lombardo@cssd.ac.uk