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TaPRA Interim Event: Performer Training Working Group symposium

  • Date and time: Monday 22 May 2017, 11.00am to 18:00
  • Location: Department of Theatre, Film and Television - Black Box Theatre and Large Rehearsal Room
  • Admission: This event is open to TaPRA and non-TaPRA members

Event details

Following previous annual events in Leeds and Northumbria, on Monday 22 May we invite you to join us to explore this year's theme, Performer Training and Media Ecologies.

The work of the contemporary performer regularly traverses different forms of media. Once discrete fields – such as theatre, film, television, radio – have been joined by hybrid forms which call on the performer to reshape their work in exciting new ways. Media convergence is an industrial and artistic reality, and this research and practice event will explore the role and training of the performer in today’s rich and complex media landscape. This event brings together research into theatre, performance, dance, film and television studies, interactive media and digital technologies. More details will be added in due course.


About the Performer Training Working Group

The Performer Training Working Group is a vibrant group of scholars and practitioners exploring a wide range of performance training practices. The group includes post-graduate students and early career academics as well as experienced and senior researchers. The group has members from around Europe and the UK as well as papers from around the world. As such, presentations and discussions embrace a wide variety of cultures and performance traditions. Similarly rich is the formats of the contributions to the group, which include written and pre-circulated papers, practice-as-research demonstrations and workshops. The group has been meeting for eleven years and has produced several collaborative outputs, including a variety of contributions to the thrice-yearly journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, dedicated to training in all its manifestations, and the associated blog



10.30-11.00        Registration and refreshments (TFTV foyer)

11.00-11.15        Welcome from the TFTV Department and WG Convenors

11.15-12.15        Panel One: Making waves: opera and sound

  • Fiona Keenan and Sandra Pauletto (University of York) “Sonic affordances in the theatre space”
  • Laura Vorweg Marshall (Royal Holloway) “Interdisciplinarity, Intermediality and Opera – shifting boundaries, shifting trainings?”

12.15-12.45        Representing Rehearsal: Using interactive video to facilitate and document contemporary collaborative music and theatre practices. Jonathan Hook (University of York)

12.45-1.30          Lunch (TFTV Foyer)  

1.30-2.30            Panel Two: Digital Technologies and Early Modern Theatre

  • Michael Cordner (University of York) “'Cabined, Cribbed, Confined': Training the Modern Shakespeare Performer”
  • Mark France (University of York) “Realist acting strategies, motion capture and digital avatars in the RSC Tempest.”

2.30-3.45            Panel Three: Dance and Physical training

  • Libby Worth (Royal Holloway) “‘Yes you do need to show our feet’: Training and Dancefilm”)
  • Maria Kapsali (University of Leeds) “Tools in Performer Training: A view from the field of ‘philosophy of technology’”.
  • Stacie Lee Bennett (University of Kent) “Physical Actor Training: an online A-Z”

3.45-4.15            Break (TFTV Foyer)

4.15-5.00            Panel Four: The actor and the unfamiliar

  • Louise LePage (University of York) “The posthuman and the rise of technology in theatre: an end to actor training?”
  • John Mateer (University of York) “Tennis Balls and Tigers: Preparing Performers for Green Screen Acting”                                         

5.00-5.45            Esther Richardson: Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre

5.45-6.00            Closing remarks 



This event is free for TaPRA members. If you are not a TaPRA member, you can register for a special price of £10. Please book your tickets here.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


Postgraduate Researchers

We have limited funds available for postgraduate researchers to attend. Please enquire directly to the convenors if you wish to apply for a bursary.



If you have any questions about the event, please email Tom Cantrell at

Many thanks, The Performer Training WG convenors: Tom Cantrell, Maria Kapsali and Kate Craddock