The following research interests intersect, overlap and cross-fertilize in research and creative practice.
The Actor’s Body: Identity and Image
The Actor’s Body: Identity and Image is a research group at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama which charts the dynamics of body anxiety amongst students and explores adjustments to curriculum and staff training in relation to this topic. I have been an active member of this research group since 2010. In this time the group has successfully integrated new curricular aspects and run workshops at staff faculty days and specialist seminars.
Michael Chekhov Training in the 21st Century: New Pathways
This is a tri-institutional research project between Goldsmiths, York University and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in collaboration with Michael Chekhov Centre UK. As research associate to Dr Cass Fleming I am embedded in the strand of the project which explores contemporary uses of Chekhov’s technique in devised theatre practice.
Making Performance from Taste and Smell
Since 2013 I have been collaborating with Krysta Dennis to develop and explore methodologies of theatre-making that both take taste and smell as stimulus and integrate them into the audiences’ performance experience. Out of this was born Through the Grapevine, a company which delivers performed wine tasting performances and workshops.
In November 2014 Through the Grapevine and its methodology toured to the Interdisciplinary.Net 5th Global Conference: Performance, and were enthusiastically received. Research in this area continues.
Mitchell, R. (2015). The Body That Fits The Bill. About Performance: Special Issue on the Lives of Actors. 15(1).
Mitchell, R. and Dennis, K. (2016 forthcoming). The Dramaturgy of Wine, the Terroir of Performance: Multi-Sensory Performance-Making in Through the Grapevine. In: Interdisciplinary.Net 5th Global Conference: Performance, 7-10 November, 2014. ID Press: Online.
Mitchell, R. (2014). Seen But Not Heard: An Embodied Account of the (Student) Actor’s Aesthetic Labour. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 5(1).
Mitchell, R. and Pakula, P. (2013). Imagining O, Encountering India: Recounting an embodied experience. Indian Theatre Special Issue On The Body: Studies in South Asian Film and Media, 5(1).
Mitchell, R. (2011). Endangered Species: Report on the Summit. Criminal Justice Matters, 85, 20-21.
Mitchell, R. (2011). Endangered Species Summit Review. Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, 2(1&2), 223-230.
Doctoral Research: Mitchell, R. (2013) The Body Politics of Acting in the Context of Training and the Performance Industry: Perspectives from Contemporary Britain
Resting Place: Performance series with Platform-7 artists. Ramsgate, Charing Cross Station, Southeastern Trains, Folkestone (2014-15, movement direction, research).
Making Space to Remember: Performance presentation with V&A award-winner Dawn Cole, Spaces of Memory and Performance: Trauma, Affect & Displacement. UEL, 20-21 June, 2014.
Through the Grapevine — Taste and Memory: University of Kent Practice-as-Research performances (2013&14, movement direction, research).
Hamlet Re-membered: University of Kent Practice-as-Research (2013, movement support).
A Jane Fonda Provocation: Catford Tapescape Intervention, Platform-7 (2012, performance, presentation, research).
Imagining O: Richard Schechner & University of Kent Drama Department (2011, movement).
Up The Line: Cemetery Remembrance Event, Platform-7 (2010, movement and coordination).
Is Your Body Really Yours? Webinar discussion with Dr Mark Seton as part of the series The Lives of Actors. This accompanies the special issue of the journal About Performance, in which my article ‘The Body That Fits the Bill’ can be found. (17th August 2015)
RCSSD Faculty Day: Research presentation on body anxiety in actor training (2014).
TEDx Warwick Talk: On Identity: Undermining the Merchants of Body Hatred (2014).
AnyBody Events (Coordination of events and speaker/workshop leader):
– Endangered Species international summit (Southbank Centre London, 2011).
– Bodies in Education art installation and debate (Houses of Parliament, 2013).
– Women of the World Festival (Southbank Centre London, 2013-15).
– Over 30 Occupy Your Body workshops across the UK (2014).
Young Vic Workshop: The Body Politics of Working with Actors (Emerging Director’s programme, 2012)