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Phillippa Spencer-Harrop

Trained actor with a BA Acting (Bretton Hall, 2007)and MA Performance Research (Bristol, 2016). Currently a PhD candidate in Theatre Studies researching the following actor training techniques through a feminist lens: Viewpoints, Composition and the Suzuki Method of Actor Training.

My current interests are focused around my PhD. Through this research I have trained in the Nine Viewpoints, Composition and the Suzuki technique with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York for a month-long intensive in 2016. Earlier in 2017 I took part in workshops on the Suzuki technique as part of a symposium between the SITI Company and the Suzuki Company of Toga. In addition I will be undergoing a week-long workshop with Mary Overlie on the Six Viewpoints in July 2017. I am interested in exploring how these techniques foster a sense of creative agency for actors-in-training in the UK.

This is underpinned by a longstanding interest in collaborative processes, devised theatre, contemporary theatre, and postmodern theatre practices, and over ten years of professional and academic experience in acting, performance, and theatre. I also have LAMDA Grades 6-8, Silver and Gold all at Distinction.

Key Projects

The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Devised, ensemble performance piece drawing on the themes of sight, site and cite at the Wickham Theatre.

Five Robert Wilsons

Reflective and critical performance-as-research project exploring and comparing the aesthetics of director Robert Wilson's work with the methods of UK-based collaborative devising. Ensemble piece performed at the Wickham Theatre.