Alan Dunnett

Drama and Performance Programme; Associate Lecturer, MA Screen: Directing, Writing and BA Acting, Drama Centre London.

I was a member of the National Youth Theatre, studied English at Oxford University and then trained on the Directing Course at Drama Centre London.

After 15 years as a director and writer at various places including Worthing, Chesterfield, Theatr Clwyd, Leicester Haymarket, Nottingham Theatre Royal and Dundee Rep I began to work in drama schools, becoming Acting Tutor at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, then Head of Postgraduate Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I have led many workshops: for East Midlands Shape, in HM Prisons, for Compania Pendiente (Barcelona), the Finnish National Theatre, Graz Opera House and SIVA (Shanghai).

What I teach

I begin the course by teaching improvisation games and exercises, which help everyone to work closely together and also sharpen the senses. I then go on to scene study, asking the students to work though short screenplay excerpts in terms of character construction, intention and so on. There is a strong Uta Hagen influence here. And, finally, I lead the devising element, using the Hagen approach, but without a script. We usually end with an intimate promenade presentation.