Sinéad has two publications that came out in autumn 2020:
A chapter on Michael Chekhov and Scenography in Michael Chekhov in the Twenty First Century: New Pathways, edited by Tom Cornford and Cass Fleming, Bloomsbury 2020.
An interview about her directing process in Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 30: 3, Routledge 2020.
Beauty, Gratitude, Ease: Antidotes to our Time
Three grounding workshops from Michael Chekhov UK
For actors, directors, designers, writers, artists. Online. £20/class
Michael Chekhov’s Feeling of Beauty with Sinéad Rushe
Saturday 7 November 2020: 4-6pm UK time. Booking
Connecting to Gratitude, a Michael Chekhov Approach with Gretchen Egolf
Saturday 21 November 2020. 4-6pm UK time. Booking
Ease as a fundamental principle of the Michael Chekhov approach with Patrick Bailey
Saturday 5 December 2020. 4-6pm UK time. Booking
AntigoneNOW was selected as part of the 27th Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre 2020. The screening happened online on 2-3 September 2020. #cifet2020
Sinéad will teach an online workshop on devising for Theatre Kapow based in New Hampshire, USA, on August 8, 10am-12pm EST.
Sinéad and Margaret Kemp will present a talk about the making of their film AntigoneNOW at the Athe Conference Detroit (online) on Thursday 30 July at 1.30-2.15pm EST (6.30pm GMT). Register here.
They will be part of a plenary called ‘Humanising the Digital: Pedagogy’.
Michael Chekhov Intensive/Study Week
Living Pictures Summer School
When: 3rd to 7th of August 2020 (Monday – Friday) |Cost: £75 | Times: 11am -1pm: Practice, & 2.15pm – 3.30pm: Discussion, questions, readings, study.
This intensive online workshop is an in-depth look at how to apply the tools of the Michael Chekhov technique to a play from both a directing and acting perspective. We will work on Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker. An advanced study programme, it is ideally for participants who already have some familiarity with the technique (either in workshops, training or by practising from any of the books). Newcomers are welcome; you just need to be aware that we will not spend too much time introducing the tools.
Participants will need to read the play several times in advance of the study week (instructions to follow). We will do a mix of individual and small group work. Some homework tasks will be set throughout the week.
Sinéad is interviewed by Kathy Clugston on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Ticket about the process of making her online performance film, AntigoneNOW, with Margaret Laurena Kemp.
Thursday 21 May 2020, 6.05pm.
A radical new performance film of Sophocles’ Antigone –
rehearsed online, made online, performed online.
From the translation of Sophocles’ play by Seamus Heaney. Screening 23 May 2020.
Sinéad was invited as the Granada Spring Artist-in-Residence at UC Davis California to direct a production of Sophocles’ Antigone at the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre. When it was clear how huge the impact of COVID 19 would be she, along with her collaborator and co-director Margaret Laurena Kemp, was moved to consider how the show could still go on. How to follow through on collaboration, creativity and community engagement in this unprecedented moment in history? How to create a piece that would speak to this crisis?
The reimagined production of AntigoneNOW answers the call. Read more here.
Sinéad did a short reading from Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’ on the John Toal Show on BBC Radio Ulster, on Saturday 11 April 2020.
It’s a poem she’s been working on with director Yael Shavit that is poignant for this moment of Covid-19.
You can listen to it here at 54.05, live on a mobile phone (hence the sound quality):
spring workshops 2020
Sinéad will teach a workshop for the young director’s programme Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru in Cardiff, Wales on 18-19 January, 2020. They will work on Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker.
6 March, Actor’s Centre, London, 10.30-5.30
Radical Transformation. Book here.
27 June 2020, Pushkin House, London, 10-5
Michael Chekhov Technique: Image and Imagination
6-10 July, 10-5, Living Pictures Summer School, Wales
Michael Chekhov Technique Advanced Intensive
More details soon here.
31 August-4 September, London
Sinéad will co-teach an intensive with theatre director Ian Rickson.
More details soon here.