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The S Word: Teaching Stanislavsky Online
A webinar brought to you by the Stanislavsky Research Centre, co-hosted by the School of Performing Arts of the University of Malta and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of the University of Leeds.


David Shirley, Executive Director, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Stephanie Daventry French, Professor of Theatre, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania, US

Session Moderated by:

Dr Stefan Aquilina, Director, School of Performing Arts, University of Malta

This event is free, but advance booking will be required. For more information kindly email stefan.aquilina@um.edu.mt.

Nov 4, 2020 05:00 PM in London

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Professor David Shirley
A Slice of Zoom Life: Uta Hagen’s Object Exercises in the COVID Era @Executive Dean at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
A professional actor with extensive experience in theatre, film, television and radio, David Shirley trained at the Arts Educational Schools and at RADA. The founding Chair of the Conference of Drama Schools Research Forum and a former Co-convenor of the 20th/21st Century Performer Training Group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), David is actively engaged in promoting research initiatives across the Higher Education performer training sector. His own research includes published articles/book chapters related to Stanislavsky and Russian Naturalism, British Actor and Director training, the American Method, the work of Samuel Beckett and Postdramatic Theatre. David was formerly the Chair of the Federation of Drama Schools (FDS) in the UK and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
Professor Stephanie Daventry French
Psychophysical Actor Training for the Small Screen @East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA
Stephanie Daventry French heads up the Acting for Theatre, TV and Film and Directing tracks at East Stroudsburg University. Her most recent directing includes: The Tempest, Smart People, The 39 Steps, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, and Jackie and Me. Other credits include – Directing/Dramaturgy of World Premieres: The Magdalen (Next Stage), Parabhagavadgita (San Francisco State); Combined Writing/Directing: Love & Other MisHaps (Kitchen Theatre), On Impact: A Community of Voices on the War in Iraq, and Sold! (East Stroudsburg University); Dramaturg, Associate Director San Diego: Threepenny Opera, Rapture, Blister, Burn, A Streetcar Named Desire (San Diego Rep), Bayou Legend, Children of Broadway (San Diego Civic Chorale). Her book written with P. G. Bennett, Experiencing Stanislavsky Today: Training and Rehearsal for the Psychophysical Actor, links acting technique to ancient yoga and contemporary cognitive science (Routledge, 2015).