Workshop: Psychological Gesture

Sinéad will teach a one day workshop for Living Pictures at The Jerwood Space, London on 15 October 2016.

The workshop will focus on how to use Michael Chekhov’s Psychological Gesture to activate objectives.


To book, contact: Tommo Fowler


Michael Chekhov in the 21st Century: New Pathways

New Pathways is a major multi-institutional research project that involves Goldsmiths University of London, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Queen Mary University of London, and the professional organisation Michael Chekhov UK.

There will be a symposium at Goldsmiths University from 9-11 September 2016. Drawing on the Michael Chekhov Dartington archives, Sinéad will lead a session on Michael Chekhov and Theatre Design from 2-5pm on Saturday, in collaboration with theatre designer Aldona Cunningham.

The lead researchers are Dr Cass Fleming and Dr Tom Cornford. The outcomes of the symposium will be discussed in the forthcoming publication Michael Chekhov Technique in the Twenty First Century: New Pathways, Methuen Drama (2017).

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Australia tour: MC workshops

Sinéad is teaching a series of master classes in Michael Chekhov technique in Australia:

The Street Theatre, Canberra, 27-30 July 2016

National University Theatre, Sydney, 21 July 2016

Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne, 23-24 July 2016

Polyphonic characterisation: a presentation

Practice Research Forum
STICKY THICK – Thinking through practice

Tuesday 7th June, 2016
United Reformed Church

As part of the Whitstable Biennale in partnership with the University of Kent, and in collaboration with performers, Gretchen Egolf, and Jamie Chandler, Sinéad will experiment with the play text The Night Just Before the Forests (La Nuit juste avant les forêts) written in 1977 by the pathbreaking French theatre playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès (1948-1989).

This one-person play is written as a stream-of-consciousness appeal to an uncertain audience, delivered by an isolated young Arab man in a hostile city. Koltès said he wrote the play ‘like a Bach fugue’, less a linear progression leading to a resolution than the exploration of an increasingly dense and complex space created through variations of its motifs.

Rushe and Egolf’s working hypothesis for a new production of Night is to stage the monologue as a fugue with multiple voices. In this presentation, they will explore the implications of a ‘stereophonic’ articulation of character, and whether it is possible to liberate ‘characterisation’ from its location at an identifiable and primary centre without losing its authenticity.


Michael Chekhov workshop May 2016

Sinéad will teach a two day workshop on Michael Chekhov technique on 14-15 May 2016 at The Actor’s Centre, London.

Composition and the actor: what to do about ‘blocking’?

Sat 14 – Sun 15 May 2016
To book: 02072403940

This workshop addresses the tricky question of blocking, exploring how to find greater physical detail and expression in performance from a deep exploration of the psychology of the character.

By integrating the psychophysical acting techniques of Michael Chekhov and his ideas on form, design and composition, Sinéad Rushe will explore how all our physical choices on stage (or on set) can – and must be – a direct continuation of the character’s inner life. We will consider how characterisation can be a complete inner-outer coordination, a delicate marriage of the external and internal aspects of the role and how engaging with scenographic elements – set, sound, stage, auditorium – can inspire creative impulses. We will discover how to make ‘blocking’ and composition a creative part of our work in a way that can inspire director’s choices.

Pick a character you’d like to work on from Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and bring a copy of the play if you have one. It is not necessary to be off book.

Macao 2016 Theatre workshop

Sinéad will return to Macao, China, to teach a week long workshop in Michael Chekhov technique for Dirks Theatre from 25-29 January 2016.

They will work on Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

Ireland 100

Out of Time will perform at The Kennedy Center, Washington DC, USA on 20 and 21 May 2016 as part of Ireland 100: Celebrating a Centenary of Irish Arts and Culture.

Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme

Over two days in January 2016, Sinéad ran an introduction to Michael Chekhov technique in Newcastle for the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme, in collaboration with Curious Monkey. They worked on Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.

Academy of the Arts, Iceland

Sinead has been invited to spend two weeks with first year acting students at the Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik, Iceland (September 2015) to teach Meyerhold’s Biomechanics and Michael Chekhov Technique.

Loaded R & D

We received a research and development grant from Arts Council England to rework Loaded for touring in 2016. We worked with choreographer Neil Bettles to explore the movement language of the show, as well as open up new text material in collaboration with physicist Vijay Tymms of Imperial College.

In collaboration with Scribbled Thought, with the support of the UP and OUT NETWORK and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

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