About

Image: Ken Plas

Image: Ken Plas

Roanna Mitchell

Born and raised in Germany, I moved to the UK in 2005 to study Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, and continued on to an MA in Movement Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and a PhD at the University of Kent.

My work, driven by a love of movement and curiosity about the human experience of sense and memory, now moves in three interweaving strands around the theme of our ‘experienced bodies’:

Performing Bodies

I work as a performance-maker and movement director nationally and internationally. I am co-founder of artists’ collective Allied Productions, and an associate artist with East Coast Artists in the US.

Bodies Explored

I work as a lecturer in performance at a number of universities across the South of England, and continue my academic research. In my research I focus on interrogating body politics and the role of the senses in performance and actor training. I have published on the (student) actor’s aesthetic labour and regularly run lectures, seminars and workshops on the body politics of acting.

Revolting Bodies

I also work as Artistic Director for the body activist organization AnyBody UK, convened by Dr Susie Orbach. AnyBody UK are co-founders of the local-global initiative Endangered Bodies. See my 2014 TEDx talk on the struggle with body hatred and why magic wands don’t work here.

More information and updates about each aspect of my work can be found on the pages of this site.

 

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