Emeritus Professor Vladimir Mirodan

Emeritus Professor of Theatre Research Leader, Drama and Performance

Central Saint Martins


Trained on the Directors' Course at Drama Centre London, Vladimir Mirodan has directed over 50 productions in the UK as well as internationally. He holds an MA and a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London - his PhD thesis was concerned with The Laban-Malmgren System of Character Analysis.

He was appointed Professor of Theatre in 2010. He has taught and directed in most leading drama schools in the UK and was, in turn, Director of the School of Performance at Rose Bruford College and Vice-Principal and Director of Drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Between 2001-2011 he was Principal of Drama Centre London and from 2010 to 2013 he was Director of Development at Central Saint Martins. 

Throughout his career, Emeritus Professor Mirodan has taken a keen interest in director training and formulated a significant number of formal and informal training frameworks. Vladimir Mirodan served for many years as Vice Chair of the Directors Guild of Great Britain, on the Drama Committee of the Scottish Arts Council and on the Board of the Citizens' Theatre. For the 6 years to October 2006 he was Chairman of the Conference of Drama Schools and a Deputy Chair of the National Council for Drama Training. He is currently the Chair of the Directors Guild of Great Britain Trust.

Research interests

Acting/directing theory and practice; psychology of movement; relationship between acting and the cognitive sciences; history of actor/director training.

Research statement

Professor Mirodan’s research interests revolve around issues of acting psychology, in particular as this relates to neuropsychology and the psychology of gesture and posture. He is also interested in the history and evolution of actor and director training as well as in defining the ways in which the dramatisation and staging of non-dramatic texts may reveal meanings alongside textual and contextual analyses. Professor Mirodan is a Review Editor of the journal Frontiers in Performance Science.

Together with Professor Robin Kirkpatrick, Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of Italian and English Literatures, Professor Mirodan is the joint convenor of P:ACE (Performance: Arts, Critique, Experiment)a long-term collaboration between CSM researchers and colleagues from the University of Cambridge on themes relating to the interplay of performance, text and objects. Under the aegis of P:ACEconferences and other events are held regularly in Cambridge and at Central Saint Martins (The Chorus, July 2012; The Rhythm of Objects, October 2012; Ecstasy, July 2013; Character RevisitedFebruary 2014). Participants and contributors come from across the disciplines and include well-known visual artists, musicians, poets, novelists and performers as well as academics. Further conferences and encounters are planned, on the subjects of Embodiment, Verse Speaking, Masks and Masking, Drama and the New Theology.

In September 2014 Professor Mirodan co-chaired (with Dr Heather Webb, Fellow of Selwyn College) a major international inter-disciplinary conference on Posture in the Divine Comedyorganised under the aegis of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge.


Current students and thesis titles

Benjamin Askew, LANGUAGE DANCES: Dramatic Versification and the Embodiment of Action.

Iliana Ioli Filippakopoulou, Movement Practices for the Animator: exploring the potential impact of embodiment on the animator’s understanding of drawing movement.

Completed students and thesis titles

Birgitta Hosea, Substitutive bodies and constructed actors: a practice-based study of animation as performance.


Selected research outputs