Research

My PhD was on the unconscious structures underlying Stanislavsky's actor training. I discovered a system-behind-the-System which I have now developed into a new and innovative way of thinking about acting. 

I have identified and articulated the Spatial Adpositional Model of Experience (SAME), and created an experiential template - the Actor's GRAFT - which can be used to compare acting practices.

The model and the template together allow unconscious processes of which the actor is usually unaware to be directly addressed. 

Having used these models for many years now, more recently I have been disseminating this work at conferences and in journals. Details of these can be found in the various papers listed below. 

Something stirring...

Something stirring...

let me see...

let me see...

reminds me of...

reminds me of...

does that work...

does that work...

not sure about that...

not sure about that...

Hmmm...

Hmmm...

Aha!

Aha!

just a minute...

just a minute...

something not quite right...

something not quite right...

needs adjustment...

needs adjustment...

there you go!

there you go!

Coming soon:

 

‘Form in the per-formance: a pedagogic adventure in time and space.’

Paper to be given at Provocative Pedagogies Conference,

University of Lincoln, 14th October 2017.

 

Recent adventures: 

 

‘The ends of your training revisited – a timeline experience.’

Workshop given to the Performer Training Working Group at the TaPRA conference, University of Salford, 30th August – 1st September 2017.

 

‘Timelines as a research tool: spatial sorting and temporal sequences.’

Paper given at STR New Researcher’s Network Conference, University of Roehampton, London, June 2017. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U78ObAiGuSM

 

 ‘Carrying the torch by merging the meta: a how to guide to using the new system behind the System.'

Paper given at the S-Word Symposium, DAMU Theatre Academy, Prague, 24th – 26th March 2017

(with apologies for sound quality)

https://vimeo.com/217759054

 

‘Stanislavsky and the experiencing of embodiment: an underlying system.’

Paper given at the International Platform for Performer Training, HKU University of the Arts School of Theatre, Utrecht, 9th-12th March 2017.

 

Stanislavsky’s System as an enactive guide to embodied cognition?

Connection Science, 29:1 (January 2017) 

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/FdNyIeTXP62Hgaqurc5j/full 

 

 

2016

A system behind the System: but is it Stanislavski?

Stanislavski Studies, 4:2 (November 2016) 

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/rSYxPfM2xCtWCGBweUjC/full 

 

Stanislavsky’s quest for the Ideal Actor: The System as Socratic encounter 

Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 7:2 (September 2016) 148-164

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/QZyhxmUfqTNWBjbE4Rir/full

‘Embodied Cognition in Action: The Spatial Adpositional Model of Experience and the Actor’s GRAFT.’

Paper given at the Performance and Science Working Group, TaPRA Conference, University of Bristol, 5th – 7th September 2016.

‘Innovation, innovation, innovation: A how-to guide to a self-perpetuating process.’

STR New Researcher’s Network Conference, University of Bristol, 6th July 2016.

‘Stanislavsky’s System as a Guide to Experiencing Embodiment Part II: a framework for comparisons.’

Paper given at the AISB Convention, Sheffield Robotics, University of Sheffield, 4th – 6th April 2016.

 ‘A system behind the System: but is it Stanislavski?’

Paper given at the S-Word Symposium: Stanislavski and the Future of Acting, Rose Bruford College, London, 18th – 20th March 2016.

 

2015

‘About time: a workshop/demonstration showing how timelines in Stanislavsky’s System utilize spatial sorting to access the unconscious.’ Workshop given at the Performer Training Working Group, TaPRA Conference, University of Worcester, 8th – 10th September 2015.

‘Stanislavsky’s System: Towards an attentional practice?’

Paper given at Theatre and Performance Conference, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, 19th – 20th June 2015

‘Stanislavsky’s Mindful Actor: The System as a Guide to Experiencing Embodiment.’

Paper given at the AISB Convention, University of Kent at Canterbury, April 2015.

‘Stanislavsky’s System as a Guide to Experiencing Embodiment Part II: a framework for comparisons.’

Paper given at the AISB Convention, Sheffield Robotics, University of Sheffield, 4th – 6th April 2016.