Plays by Paul Allain

video Physical Actor Training: an online A-Z

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Video

PATAZ: Physical Actor Training - an online A-Z establishes a foundation for physical training exercises through over 60 dynamic videos with accompanying audio commentary, reflection, and texts for today’s physical actor, teacher, and trainer. Using innovative camera work and editing processes, each film explores a term from our A-Z, ranging from specific skills like Grounding and Balance to more abstract concepts like Energy or Craft. The collection encourages enquiry and an active, hands-on training process geared toward movement work, vocal exploration, dance-theatre, and physical training. Each exercise can be explored and experienced in myriad ways by an individual or group.

PATAZ is a digital resource created by actor trainers Paul Allain and Frank Camilleri with filmmakers Peter Hulton and Stacie Lee Bennett, and trainees from the University of Kent. PATAZ prioritizes movement, voice, and the body rather than character or text-based approaches to making performance and preparing the actor. For students, practitioners and teachers, the A-Z works across film, text, audio and image.

For a list of further reading and viewing materials, visit this page.

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Paul is Professor of Theatre and Performance and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He has published extensively on actor training and contemporary performance (including on Suzuki Tadashi) as both author and editor, developing award-winning expertise in contemporary Polish theatre, most notably Gardzienice Theatre Association and Jerzy Grotowski. He is currently also Research Mentor for the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, UK.