Jodie Cole | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Jodie Cole

Training

2017 - 2019 Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, MA Movement: Directing and Teaching
2005 - 2006 London Contemporary Dance School , Postgraduate Certificate: Contemporary Dance
2002 - 2005 Middlesex University, BA Hons Dance Performance

Experience

MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE WHILST ON THE MA MOVEMENT: DIRECTING AND TEACHING

2019 Movement director. Welcome To Thebes. Directed by Filter Theatre, Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts. Embassy Theatre. Working with BA3 CDT (collaborative and devised theatre) students. Work included chracter led movement and devising choreography. 

2018 Movement director. Lost Empires adapted by Bert Coules. Directed by Cara Nolan. Webber Douglas Theatre. Working with BA3 Musical Theatre students, work included devising transitions inspired by Theatre of the Sun, developing the physicality of character and the play, creating choreography when required.

2018 Assistant movement director to Anna Morrissey and dance captain. Beyond The Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers. The Tower of London, Historic Royal Palaces. Working with 80+ lighting volunteers and 40 professional sound performers. Work included supporting Anna Morrisey to prepare and devise movement for the sound performers and lighting volunteers, supporting Anna for all rehearsals, being dance captain to 10 sound performers and managing show start.

2018 Actor movement coach. Intensive movement fundamentals. Mentored by Debbie Green. Working with BA1 Acting students. One to one, tailor made, ten-minute sessions, to support students to understand their anatomic strengths and challenges and providing short take-away exercise for them to work on.

2018 Actor movement teacher. Movement for actors. Mentored by Vanessa Ewan. Working with MA Acting for Screen students, leading seven two-hour conditioning and dance class. Focusing on the swing, gravity, and release.

2017 to 2018 Researcher / movement facilitator - The Liberal Sheen of Inclusivity in Theatre: Questioning perceptions of disabled and non-disabled bodies within actor movement training. Researching and facilitating inclusive movement practice within actor movement training. 

PRODUCTIONS AND TEACHING

AS A MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

THEATRE

2017 Movement director. Women At War written and directed by Rebecca Johannsen. Greenwich Theatre, Women and War Festival (Tooting Theatre), Edinburgh Festival (C Venues). Shortlisted for LET award.

2017 Movement consultant. Othello. SISATA Open Air Theatre. UK Tour.

2015-2019 Movement director. Buddhafield Festival, outdoor performance. 40+ performance volunteers. Site-specific.

AS A MOVEMENT TEACHER

2018 SLiDE. Laban Theatre, U Dance platform. Choreographer for SLiDE inclusive dance company. Working with adults 18-30. Regular workshops for SLiDE community programme working with young adults with additional needs.  

2017 Dance West. Regular workshops for Move It Monday SEND (special educational needs and disability) programme and summer schools. Working with young people with additional needs. Regular workshops for 60+ groups, Bolder Not Older. Working with community dancer.

2015 Global Arts Organisation. Regular workshops for Indian dance for 60+. Working with community dancers.

2015 reed.co.uk. Hatha yoga teacher for young professionals for the Love Monday initiative.

2014 London Buddhist Centre. Regular Hatha yoga classes for the community.

2014 Parkour Dance. Forever Young. Covering classes, Parkour and dance for 60+. Working with community dancers.

2010 Step Into Dance (RAD). Regular workshops and performances for students 11- 18 years at schools across London, inclusive & mainstream. Performances at Royal Festival Hall and Sadler’s Well’s Theatre.

BIOGRAPHY

Jodie cole is a London based choreographer, movement director, and teacher. She undertook her BA in Dance Performance at Middlesex university, receiving an upper second-class honour. Jodie continued her training at London Contemporary Dance school where she developed an interest in the breath to support movement, as well as improvisation for devising. Jodie went on to teach within the community and has extensive experience teaching SEND participants. Jodie is also mentor to dance facilitators at Step Into Dance (Royal Academy of Dance). Alongside this Jodie has self-produced, choreographed, and performed a tryptic of one woman shows across London and the South West, as well as performing with award winning choreographer Gary Clarke, Parkour Dance and H2 Dance. 

Jodie currently runs workshops and movement sessions for institutions and community groups across the UK. As a movement director Jodie draws on her professional choreographic and devising experience, as well as her work in community dance, to generate or facilitate movement for the actor. She is especially interested in the joy of movement, the potential for full-bodied expression, and inclusive practice. Over the past two years Jodie undertook the MA Movement: Directing and teaching part-time, while she continued to choreograph youth works for Step Into Dance (Royal Academy of Dance) with shows at Sadler’s Wells and Royal Festival Hall.

Skills

Devising movement, choreography for theatre, chorus work, contact improvisation, yoga, yin yoga, qi gong, meditation, dance improvisation, ballet (basic), tap (basic), jazz (basic), contemporary (professional), inclusive practice, wild swimming, jogging.

Telephone

jodie.cole@cssd.ac.uk