Lydia Baksh

Drama and Performance Programme; Movement and Movement Psychology Tutor, MA Screen: Acting, Drama Centre London.

With a classical and contemporary dance background I went on to train as an actor at the Drama Centre London. Since graduating in 2000 I have worked extensively in theatre, film and TV and am currently the Movement Director/Associate Artist with Sacred & Profane Theatre Company. 

As well as teaching Movement and Movement Psychology at Drama Centre London, I have taught at various established London drama schools including East 15, Caravanserai Acting Studio, The Giles Foreman Studio and Rose Bruford Collage. A qualified KRI Kundalini Yoga teacher, I also lead open and private classes in and around London and coordinate workshops for children and adults with special educational needs.

What I teach

My class aims to facilitate, through the process of discovery and self-awareness, the ability of the actor to be available, receptive and present in the space. 

Through the course of the training we cover the fundamental principles of movement, physical improvisation, ensemble, and the connection of text to the body, whilst drawing on techniques of practitioners such as Grotowski, Meyerhold, Rudolf Laban and Yat Malgren.

A large component of the movement training is focused on creating character. By use of animal study and the application of the Yat/Laban method of ‘Movement Psychology’, students access an organic and creative avenue into the physical and textural world of a character. Ultimately they discover and hone their full psycho-physical range of expression, whilst attaining useful tools and techniques which can be adapted to both stage and screen.

I am also an Associate Lecturer who teaches movement studies on the MA Character Animation course.

 

Visit the MA Character Animation course page

Visit the MA Screen: Acting course page