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This Summer there are six director workshops led by industry directors including  - Katie Mitchell, Polly Teale and Mike Alfreds. Courses are held in London. Limited availability for some courses.
Elen Bowman hosts our week long Cardiff course at the Chapter - Thinking in Pictures. This specific course is open to theatre and television directors. Check our website for further details at

Directors Acting 2005

‘I learned more in a week than I did in one year on my director’s Training course’
Directors Acting 2004 participant
Following the success of Directors Acting 2004, Living Pictures Productions is offering another six workshops for their Directors Acting 2005. We are pleased to announce the following tutor directors for 2005:
Katie Mitchell
Place: The Jerwood Space | Date: 27th June - 1st July | Price: £200

Katie Mitchell is an Associate Director at The Royal National Theatre. Her training has been in classical theatre and The Stanislavski System. The week will concentrate on textual analysis, research and the preparation of practical exercises for rehearsals. The work will be built around 'The Three Sisters' by Chekhov and familiarity with the text is essential.
Christopher Heimann - Michael Chekhov Workshop
Place: The Jerwood Space | Date: 4th - 8th July | Price: £100

The workshop will explore Michael Chekhov’s acting technique and the stimuli he proposes for the actors’ creative process. Michael Chekhov sought for a more imaginative and playful approach in relation to Stanislavski’s work. In the workshop, we will explore a number of his techniques including the Psychological Gesture, the Imaginary Body and Atmospheres. Christopher is Artistic Director of The Imaginary Body and directed/co-wrote their award winning show 100. He recently directed Interior at the Young Vic.
Mike Alfreds
Place: Young Vic Kennington Walkabout Home | Date: 18th - 22nd July | Price: £200

Founder of Shared Experience Theatre Company and International Freelance Director. Mike will take the directors through a process that aims to (a) encourage the actors to meet the world of the play experientially and (b) to allow them the greatest possible creative freedom within it. The work will be shared through physical exercises and analytical work using one of Chekhov’s plays.
Elen Bowman - Thinking in Pictures
Place: Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff | Date: 22nd -26th August | Price: £100
Elen is an associate director of Script Cymru, Contemporary Drama Wales and joint Artistic Director of Living Pictures Productions. She is also a film & television director. She trained at RADA and worked with Shared Expereince and the RNT. Following a three year Russian Director training she uses a contemporised approach of the Stanislavki method. The week will consist of a step by step method to analysing text. Directors will gain a clear understanding of how to develop a characters thought pattern from a given text which will include the process of creating the characters life in pictures. This process is equally effective for theatre directors who direct for the screen.
Kate Maravan - The Meisner Method
Place: The Actors Centre | Date: 19th - 23rd September | Price: £100
Sanford Meisner’s method uses key exercises to get to the core definition of acting: ‘acting is living truthfully in an imaginary set of circumstances’. It develops and encourages the actor’s impulsivity, spontaneity and ability to work in the moment. An introductory two days of the Meisner Technique will be followed by an exploration of the technique as it is applied to text. Kate is and actress/director and teacher. She set up and runs White Box, producing and devising their own work.
Polly Teale and Nancy Meckler
Place: The Soho Laundry | Date: 21st - 25th November | Price: £200

Polly Teale and Nancy Meckler are joint Artistic Directors of Shared Experience Theatre Company. Shared Experience is known the world over for its imaginative and highly visual productions combining the power of the spoken word with daring theatricality. They will be sharing some of the key exercises used in rehearsal and giving an insight into their approach.

The Aim of the Project
For the week you will be treated as actors by the director leading the workshop. This is to increase your learning of the particular methodology your tutor director works with and to enhance your understanding of the actors craft by experiencing the exercises yourself. It is a chance for you to engage with a particular director’s methodology first hand, learn through observing and share with a group of fellow

To Apply
These courses are for Directors and actors/writers who can show they have a commitment to directing. Please send your CV and a covering letter telling us a little about yourself, what drew you to being a director and what you hope to get from attending one of the workshops. 2004 participants need only send a current CV.

Please include a non-refundable deposit cheque of £25 to book your place. (Please make the cheque payable to Living Pictures Productions) Should there not be a place available on your chosen course, deposit cheques will be returned. The remainder of the fee will be payable a week before your workshop commences. If you are interested in more than one workshop please let us know. NB: Those of you with restricted budgets should contact The Arts Council England (/Wales) grants for the Arts Programme – they may assist with course fees as the courses will contribute to your continuing professional development.

Please send your applications to:
Directors Acting 2005 Project Manager
Living Pictures Productions
124a Swaby Road
London SW18 3QZ
Email to:
living pictures  
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