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Ed Woodall

Ed Woodall

Hourly Paid Lecturer in Acting
Academic school:
Job title:
Hourly Paid Lecturer in Acting
Higher qualifications:

BA (Manchester University), Diploma Ecole Jaques Lecoq (Paris), 4 Year Professional Feldenkrais training complete 2016.

Professional organisations:
UK Feldenkrais Guild
Biography:

 

I studied circus skills in Manchester and performed as part of the Manchester Community Circus. Before I left for Paris and Lecoq, I taught inmates at Strangeways Prison with Geese Theatre company.

After Lecoq, I ran Partis Pris theatre company touring the UK and Ireland and performing at the prestigious London Mime Festival.

I performed as an actor in Rep, at the National with Complitice and at the RSC over a number of different seasons.

Whilst acting I also directed, led youth theatres, worked abroad for charities taking theatre studies to war torn parts of Europe (with Care International).

I acted in a number of high profile Hollywood movies including Emma with Toni Collette, Enigma playing opposite the great Corin Redgrave, on Master and Commander with Russell Crowe.

On my return from film duties, I carried on devising and directing, working with Kneehigh, Improbable,  BeggarsBelief and helped to bring Warhorse into being as one of the first actors to workshop this project. I worked, too, extensively with Katie Mitchell on her experimental approaches to acting.

Due to family obligations I stopped performing in 2006 and began to focus on teaching. I taught on the European Theatre Artists course at Rose Buford, the Contemporary Theatre course at E15, and at many other drama schools including RADA, Central, and Guildford,

In 2009 I started teaching Applied Movement (Mask, Clowns, and Buffoons) at the Oxford School of Drama where I still teach.

During my time there I have become trained as a Feldenkrais practitioner and now offer one-to-one and group classes in Feldenkrais to drama students and to a wider public.

I am currently preparing a book on Integrated Acting ( a formulation of my own, based on a fusion of traditional Stanislavskian techniques and Lecoq’s abstract movement) Bloomsbury Methuen are guiding the book towards fruition.

I am preparing an article for the International Feldenkrais Federation on Awareness through Movement and Integrated Acting.

Conferences:

 

As part of a trio I gave a paper on Integrated Acting and Feldenkrais training, called One Year On, at the International Feldenkrais Symposium at Bath Spa University last summer (2015) entitled (re)storing performance - The Feldenkrais Method and Creative Practice.