The School of Physical Theatre is a full-time professional School devoted to the training of physical theatre artists - writers, directors, and actors. The School offers a focused programme - a voyage from the complex everyday world to its created reflection in the theatrical space. In the School the dynamic aware body bridges the gap between life and art.
Founded and operated since 1978 and now in London since 1999 by Ron East, with a mandate to foster creativity in the Physical Theatre and stimulate the growth and development of the physical theatre repertoire, participants are welcomed from all countries and cultural backgrounds. This cross-cultural resonance provides a dynamic opportunity to re-create the world in a theatre of Human Nature.
an international school
We welcome students from around the world. Students have already graduated from Japan and Asia, from Australia and the Asian subcontinent, from Africa and South America, from Europe and the Middle East, from Central and North America, from Russia and Eastern Europe, and of course, from the United Kingdom. We work with students from all countries and cultural backgrounds.
The School bases its work on the knowledge that physical theatre (or living theatre) exists at the intersection of the performing arts. It draws on traditions that are universal and blends techniques, styles and themes across a spectrum of theatre, movement, and gestural art. By recalling the great theatrical traditions from the tragic to the comedic, the School offers an indispensable dimension of experiential play, to discover and develop each participant’s personal style.
Direction, choreography, and design are employed by the students to develop their own work .Integrated with these elements are the skills necessary to put theory into practice.
The School offers a structured environment to encourage participants to reach beyond themselves to become professional theatre artists, both creators and performers.
The theatre is not comfortable, so our students test themselves on a daily basis to strengthen their craft and art. The work is collaborative, and the atmosphere is supportive.
The School prepares its graduates to make the most of each professional opportunity, to continue to grow with each work experience, and to create new work. To this end we have instituted a post-graduate production year to facilitate groups of graduates to form their own companies and develop original pieces for professional performance in London and around the world.