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 embodied human experience as both individual and relational, now moves in three interweaving strands:

Performance

I work as a performance-maker and movement director nationally and internationally. I am co-founder of the UK-based Chekhov Collective, a member of Michael Chekhov Europe, and an associate artist with East Coast Artists in the US.

Research

I work as lecturer in performance at the University of Kent, where I run the MA in Physical Acting. My research focuses on examining/developing interdisciplinary rehearsal- and training vocabularies in the intersection between ‘acting’ and ‘dance’, as well as interrogating body politics in the context of performer training. I have published on the (student) actor’s aesthetic labour and regularly run lectures, seminars and workshops on the body politics of acting.

Activism

For eight years I worked as Artistic Director for the body activist organization AnyBody UK, convened by Dr Susie Orbach, and continue to actively support AnyBody’s work. 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. My chapter exploring the links between body activism and performance in a Festschrift celebrating Susie Orbach’s work will be published in 2019.

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