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Dr Christina Kapadocha

Lecturer
East 15 Acting School
Dr Christina Kapadocha

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Biography

I am a London-based theatre and somatic practitioner-researcher and founder of Somatic Acting Process®. My earliest artistic and professional development included studies and qualifications in classical piano and singing, music theatre, dance and literature. My ongoing experience in theatre and acting practices started formally in 2005. As a Greek-born actress, I shaped the ground of my acting experience as a first-class graduate of the Greek National Theatre Drama School (Diploma in Acting) which operates in tandem with the National Theatre of Greece. While in Greece I performed, among others, in productions of the National Theatre of Greece and the Athens Festival. In 2010 I was awarded a full-time scholarship from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) in order to advance my theatre studies in the UK. I moved to London and completed my postgraduate degree in acting at East 15 Acting School (MA Acting International). During my studies at East 15, I also got the opportunity for a residency in Bali (ISI Denpasar) and Moscow (GITIS) where I studied and performed. After my MA, I started developing an expertise in the interrelation between modern somatic movement and theatre practices through a Practice-as-Research PhD at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) and my professional development as somatic movement educator (RSME, Diploma IBMT/BMC®). For these studies I was additionally awarded an Elsie Fogerty Research Degree Studentship. As part of my PhD and the critical investigation of actor-training pedagogies, I shaped a new actor-training approach introduced as Somatic Acting Process. I started teaching my practice and related subjects in major London-based drama schools (such as RCSSD, East 15, Mountview, Rose Bruford) and independent contexts. Since April 2018 I am a full-time Lecturer in Theatre and Movement at East 15 as a member of both the Movement and Research teams. As a practitioner-researcher, I currently concentrate on the application, modification and impact of somatically-inspired practices into theatre-performing environments and beyond. I particularly introduce new praxical (practical-theoretical) discussions on the somatic in theatre-performance and voice studies bringing together world-leading pioneers in somatic or somatically-informed practices. My theatre experience in the UK includes performances at the Cockpit Theatre and Roundhouse, either as an independent artist or as a member of Andreas Skourtis-Performing Architectures company. I have, among others, directed and/or facilitated performances at the Cockpit Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Embassy Theatre (RCSSD) and Corbett Theatre (East 15). My latest focus is the investigation of a theatrical form that re-evaluates the dynamics between performers and non-performers/active spectators through a contemporary approach to catharsis. I identify it as Somatic Theatre.

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Theatre and Movement, East 15 Acting School (9/4/2018 - present)

  • Movement Tutor, East 15 Acting School (7/10/2014 - 9/4/2018)

Other academic

  • Visiting Lecturer, Rose Bruford College (6/3/2017 - 9/4/2018)

  • MA Tutor, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (1/2/2016 - 9/4/2018)

  • Visiting Lecturer, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (3/6/2013 - 9/4/2018)

Publications

Journal articles (3)

Kapadocha, C., (2018). Towards witnessed thirdness in actor training and performance. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 9 (2)

Kapadocha, C., (2017). The development of Somatic Acting Process in UK-based actor training. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. 9 (2), 213-221

Kapadocha, C., (2016). Book review of Christina Gutekunst and John Gillett’s Voice into Acting: Integrating Voice and the Stanislavski Approach (2014), The Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1: 99-101.. The Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies. 1 (1)

Books (1)

Kapadocha, C., (2020). Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond. Routledge

Book chapters (3)

Kapadocha, C., (2020). Somatic logos in actor training and beyond. In: Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond. Editors: Kapadocha, C., . Routledge

Kapadocha, C., (2020). Introduction: Somatic voices. In: Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond. Editors: Kapadocha, C., . Routledge

Kapadocha, C., (2020). Epilogue: Our present somatic voices. In: Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond. Editors: Kapadocha, C., . Routledge

Conferences (11)

Kapadocha, C., Intersections 2014: The Colloquium of Performance Research Conference

Kapadocha, C., Waiting for…: Somata in-between migration and stasis

Kapadocha, C., From each actor’s embodied logos to the text

Kapadocha, C., Towards intersubjective dynamics in psychophysical actor training: logos and the use of metaphor

Kapadocha, C., The ‘Basic Neurological Patterns’ in a somatic approach to acting

Kapadocha, C., Reenacting the Beginning: from conception of Dionysus

Kapadocha, C., Intersections between embodied logos and embodied perception in a somatic approach to acting

Kapadocha, C., From each actor’s embodied logos to the text

Kapadocha, C., Breathing the Role: a somatic acting exploration

Kapadocha, C., Actor training and the camera: the documentation of a somatic approach to acting

Kapadocha, C., The Somatic in Theatre and Performance Research Gathering

Thesis dissertation (1)

Kapadocha, C., Being an actor/becoming a trainer: the embodied logos of intersubjective experience in a somatic acting process

Other (1)

Kapadocha, C., (2016).‘Post-conference reflection on disseminating praxical research in actor training’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog

Contact

ckapad@essex.ac.uk

Location:

Loughton Campus

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