Will Pinchin | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Will Pinchin

Project Title

Mask as Myth, Myth as Mask: Investigating the archetypal tools available to the actor creator – Lecoq and Campbell


Dr. Tara McAllister-Viel


I have proposed a practice lead examination of the link between mask and myth.  Within this research I am interested in the development of ‘the actor creator’ – a devising actors who engage in collaborative authorship. I ask the questions:

  • How does the mask aid in the development of the actor creator?
  • How does myth aid in the development of the devising ensemble?

I assert that masks act as individual myths, and that myths can be worn as group masks for actor devisors.


My research proposal is a direct consequence of my work as a professional actor creator, collaborating with numerous devising ensembles.  Since graduating from the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) in 2006, I have been involved in the creation and performance of 15 original productions, with several different companies.  I have toured throughout the UK, Ireland, Spain, the Czech Republic, and, in the United States, in California, New York, and Massachusetts.


2012 Actor/devisor - UNMYTHABLE - Temple Theatre Company

2011 Actor/devisor - Ghost Town - Limbik Theatre Company

2011 Actor/devisor - Nobody’s Home: A Modern Odyssey - Grafted Cede Theatre Company

2011 Devising Mentor - Nightlight - Paper Balloon Theatre

2011 Actor/devisor - A Murder of Crows - Limbik Theatre Company - Barnstorm Theatre (Mike Kenny)

2010 Actor/devisor - The Harbour - Limbik Theatre Company

2010 Devising mentor/movement director - Jukai - Theatre Temoin

2010 Movement director - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Black Ram Theatre Company

2010 Actor/devisor - Create A Story - Barnstorm Theatre Company