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Summer School – Course B: Suitable for all levels, from novice to experienced actors.
Tutor: Ciarán McCauley

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About the Course:

About the tutor

Ciarán is from Sligo and has been a core member of Blue Raincoat Theatre Company since 1991. Working in this ensemble, Ciarán has gained a wealth of “hands-on” experience in all aspects of theatre life primarily as an actor but, also directing, designing lighting, sets and costumes, set construction and touring and production management. Outside of theatre, Ciaran has also worked in film and radio. Professional theatre training includes L’Ecole de Mime Corporeal Dramatique, London with Corrine Soum and Steve Wasson, at the Saratoga International Theatre Institute, New York with Anne Bogart and at the Roy Hart Theatre of Voice in Malargues, France.

He holds an MA in Drama and Performance from UCD. Ciarán lectures at Sligo’s Atlantic Technological University delivering modules on Physical Theatre, Voice and Movement, Professional Practice, Facilitation and Drama and Modernism in Drama and Literature for the BA Hons in Performing Arts and Creative Writing BA. He is the Hon. Treasurer of the Association of Drama Adjudicators, and he also consults as a Performance and Vocal trainer for the International Institute of Celebrants.


Course Outline

“Theatre is the art by which human beings make human action worth watching in a measured time and space” – P. Woodruff

Action is the essential grammar of the theatre, an action worth watching is the result of the collaboration between the actor and the audience in a shared attentiveness to the action as it is happening. In this workshop, we will focus and bring attention to the unconscious, unintentional movements that clutter the actors’ performance.

The course will have physical demands but in the spirit of inclusivity, a good general fitness level will be sufficient. In this course, participants will be introduced to Actor training techniques from Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki and Etienne Decroux. The class will also concentrate on vocal work and solo and group composition work. The emphasis is on training for performance, building new skills and confronting old habits that no longer serve the performer.