Sinéad will promote her new book on Michael Chekhov technique and give a talk, ‘Feeling Space, Making Space: Michael Chekhov and Theatre Design’ at the annual international Michael Chekhov workshop and conference at Connecticut College, New London, USA on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

School of Sound

Polyphonic characterisation in Night Just Before the Forests.

Sinéad will present a talk on polyphonic characterisation and her production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’s play, Night Just Before the Forests for the Macau Arts Festival, China (2018) at the School of Sound 2019 Symposium at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London.

Sinéad will present on Friday 26 April; the conference runs from Wed 24-Sat 27 April 2019.

You can register here. See the programme and full list of speakers here.


Book Launch at Royal Central

Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique: A Practitioner’s Guide 

Book launch

Tues 5 March 2019, 6.30pm

New Studio
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London

Free event but please book your place here.

In this event, Sinéad celebrates the launch of her new book, Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique: A Practitioner’s Guide, published by Bloomsbury Methuen.

The book provides a complete overview of the whole method, and includes illuminating explanations of its principles, as well as a wide range of practical exercises that illustrate, step by step, how they can be applied to dramatic texts. Drawing on the full range of Chekhov’s writing in English and French, it also examines unpublished material from the Dartington Hall archives and features interviews with actors who have worked with the technique, including Simon Callow and Joanna Merlin.

The evening will include short a presentation from Sinéad as well as from actors Gretchen Egolf and Robert Bowman, and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Michael Chekhov workshop

An introduction to Michael Chekhov technique

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10-5pm

Pushkin House
5a Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA.
0207 269 9770

Sinéad will teach a one day workshop on the practical ideas and principles at the heart of the Michael Chekhov technique at Pushkin House, London.

For more information and booking click here.

Pushkin House: a talk

Feeling Space, Making Space

Michael Chekhov and Theatre Design











13 February 2019, 7-8.30pm
Pushkin House
5a Bloomsbury Square, London 2TA WC1A .
0207 269 9770

Sinéad will give a talk on Michael Chekhov’s ideas on theatre design and scenography. She will present a slideshow of Chekhov’s own unpublished character drawings and sketches from the Dartington Hall Michael Chekhov Theatre Studio archives.

Book here.

New Concert Performances

concert on tour

Concert will tour to the Performing Arts Festival in Groningen, Holland from 24-26 August 2018, the Tramway, Glasgow from 10-12 October 2018 and Dance Umbrella, London at The Pit, Barbican from 17-20 October 2018.

Living Pictures workshop

Polyphonic Characterisation workshop

Sinéad is teaching a workshop on polyphonic characterisation and Shakespeare for Living Pictures on Monday 23 July 2018. It is part of their summer retreat series on Coed Dylan in Wales, and the participants are students from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, USA.

Read more here.

Bangkok workshop

24-30 June 2018

Sinéad will return to Bangkok, Thailand to deliver a week long workshop on the Michael Chekhov technique for Arts on Location. This workshop will explore specifically how to activate a play using this approach, and will be suitable for directors, actors and teachers. We will work on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

Photo by John Ordonia for AoL.

Macau Arts Festival 2018

Night Just Before the Forests

Macau Arts Festival 2018

Sinéad will direct a production of Night Just Before the Forests (La nuit juste avant les forêts) by Bernard-Marie Koltès for Dirks Theatre Arts Association at the Macau Arts Festival from 18-20 May 2018.

Sinéad has written a new translation into English and she will collaborate with sound designer Niels Lanz (formerly of William Forsythe Company).

Bernard-Marie Koltès (1948-1989) was the greatest French playwright of his generation, and Night is one of his most captivating and unsettling texts. The story of an isolated young immigrant in a hostile city, Koltès said he wrote it like a musical composition, whose motifs and variations evoke a profound sense of restless yearning and disorientation. This pathbreaking production in a new translation reimagines the original monologue as a polyphonic work for five performers of different nationalities and genders, a chorus of fragmented parts that resonate with each other in harmony and dissonance.

Read an interview with HojeMacau newspaper here and a radio broadcast with Dirks Theatre here (episode 234).

Q+A Event with Niels Lanz

Q+A with Niels Lanz, sound designer (Ballett Frankfurt & The Forsythe Company)

Chaired by Sinéad Rushe
Wednesday 31 January, 2018: 6.30pm
The Boardroom, Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

This is an opportunity to discuss the work and process of sound designer, Niels Lanz, who worked as sound and video designer for The Forsythe Company for twenty-five years, winning a New York Bessie Award for his ground-breaking composition on Three Atmospheric Studies. Prior to this, he worked in the sound department of Ballett Frankfurt as a company member, collaborating with William Forsythe on several productions, including Eidos:Telos, Endless House, Kammer/Kammer and Decreation. He has also created electronic music for dance, including David Dawson’s The Grey Area and 00:00 for Dutch National Ballet. Since 2012, he has worked as a freelance sound designer and is collaborating currently with Sinéad Rushe and BA Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre) and BA Theatre Practice students at Royal Central on a new polyphonic, sound-based production of Bernard-Marie Koltès’s Night Just Before the Forests.