My current research is into actor training and Russian theatre history. I am working on a book entitled Performance in Revolutionary Russia: the Arts and Science of Biomechanics with funding for research trips to Russia from the British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grants in the Performing Arts fund. I am also working on the actresses of the Moscow Art Theatre studios, particularly Serafima Birman.
My book, The Stanislavsky System of Acting; Legacy and Influence in Modern Performance’ was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. It discusses the development and scientific basis of the actor training methods of Stanislavsky and compares the system with the methods of Meyerhold and Mikhail Chekhov. I am developing this work focussing on contemporary approaches to movement and voice in actor-training, particularly the Alexander Technique.
My book Anton Chekhov, a monograph for the Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists series was published in 2010.
I read Russian fluently and make regular visits to Moscow and St Petersburg to undertake archival research. I also visit Russia and Poland to run arts projects.
My work has been translated into French, Russian, Turkish and Portuguese.
- Performer training
- Russian theatre history
- Contemporary Russian theatre writing