Feature: Actor training in the 21st century: a global perspective

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Actor training has significantly evolved since the start of the 21st century. From approaches involving theatre-making and entrepreneurism to cross-cultural pedagogies and the challenges of COVID-19, drama schools and acting programmes have engaged and reshaped the industry in ways that balance tradition and progressivism.

Actor training in the 21st century: a global perspective is a six-part series hosted by Dr Peter Zazzali, Programme Leader of LASALLE's BA(Hons) Acting programme. Featuring conversations with some of the foremost trainers across four continents, Peter is joined by a new guest in each episode to unpack subjects ranging from the cultural and political to the professional and pedagogical. 

Episode 1: Travis Preston – California Institute of the Arts; US
Innovation and entrepreneurism in training the 21st century actor


Episode 2: Glenda Linscott – Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts; Australia
Training actors in contemporary Australia


Episode 3: T. Sasitharan – Intercultural Theatre Institute; Singapore 
Interculturalism and training the performing artist: a Singaporean perspective


Episode 4: Dr Tom Cornford – The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama; UK
Towards a radical politics of actor training


Episode 5: Dr Ricardo G. Abad and Melissa Vera M. Maramara – Ateneo de Manila University; Philippines
Negotiating Western praxis in Asia: training at Ateneo de Manila University


Episode 6: Heather Timms – Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School; New Zealand
Training in New Zealand: a bicultural approach