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Lydia Baksh

Associate Lecturer, MA Character Animation
Central Saint Martins
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Lydia  Baksh


With a background in classical and contemporary dance, I embarked on the three-year conservatoire acting training at the Drama Centre London. Upon graduating in 2000 I worked extensively in theatre, film, television and radio, with acclaimed companies such as Frantic Assembly, Weta Studios and the BBC. I am currently a member of the London based 'Shapes in Motion' Motion Capture Troupe.

As well as teaching at Drama Centre, I have taught at various established London drama colleges including East 15, The Giles Foreman Studio and Rose Bruford Collage. She is also a qualified KRI Kundalini Yoga practitioner.

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. I cover all the fundamental principles of movement, as well as physical improvisation; ensemble, and the connection of text to the body, whilst drawing on techniques of practitioners such as Grotowski, Rudolf Laban, Yat Malgren and Michael Chekov. 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 discovering and honing their full psychophysical range of expression, whilst attaining potent skills and techniques, which can be adapted to both stage and screen.

I teach Movement, Movement Psychology, Mask and Animal Study across the courses: BA Acting, MA Acting, MA Screen Acting and MA Character Animation.