Advanced Practice

A laboratory environment where we experiment with theatrical practices, technique development and performance ideas.

Workshops are free and by application/invitation only

Grotowski Meets Meisner – An Exploratory Workshop

On September 28th we are running a collaborative workshop exploring the Meisner Technique and Grotowski psycho-physical practice. The workshop aims to introduce the practitioners and participants to these two approaches, to share each approach, embody their guiding principles, and discuss how the techniques may be used together for actor development.

The workshop will be co-led by Meisner coach, Dominic Kelly and Grotowski practitioner, Andrew Darren Elkins.

We are specifically looking for actors with the following experience:

• Movement
• Meisner

The workshop requires full commitment.

Date/Time: Friday 28 September – 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth St, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH

The workshop will demand physical and emotional stamina. Please apply with a short paragraph detailing your movement and Meisner experience to date.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 23 September 17:00


Andrew Darren Elkins

Andrew is a director, actor and practitioner from the UK. He began his training at Rose Bruford College and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. He would go on to work intensively with Bred in the Bone Theatre Theatre Laboratory at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland. After joining the company Andrew continued to work extensively as an actor and workshop leader with BITB touring internationally and finding a home at Theatre De Menilmontant, Paris – where the company runs the ‘Dreams Before Dawn’ festival. He is a core member of ‘The Third Arrangement’ working internationally with actors of the acclaimed Cricot2 Teatr. His travels as an actor have taken him from The Grotowski Institute to the A.P Chekhov Theatre and far beyond.

Andrew has worked for the last four years as a visiting lecturer and director at leading Drama Schools. His actor training focuses on psycho-physical techniques under the name of ‘Totality’. Within the practice he explores the huge umbrella of movement and the combination of mind, body and voice. His work focuses less on individual disciplines but instead on the combination of them, mind is body, body is mind, voice is body and voice is mind.

The ‘elimination of all organic and technical barriers, freeing oneself of all preconceptions and prejudices which could destroy the organic unity the person in action’ – Jerzy Grotowski

‘Speak the text… the rest is music’.

He’s just got this no bullshit attitude…brutal, but constructive. He’s 100 percent engaged and picks up on the smallest of nuisances. If you do get the opportunity to get to work with Andrew, then please, for your own good, do! Wayne Ingram

Dominic Kelly

Dominic is a director, actor, acting coach and artistic director of the salon:collective. Directing credits include Look Back in Anger (part of the 60th anniversary Osborne and After festival), My Name is Hunger (Park Theatre), Random Acts of Shakespeare (London site specific), Twelfth Night (Hoxton Hall), London: Four Corners, One Heart (Theatre 503) the 40th Anniversary production of Patti Smith’s Cowboy Mouth (King’s Head)

As an acting coach Dominic specialises in the Meisner Technique of Acting and runs a full actor training at the salon:collective as well as working for Drama Studio London, City Lit, Regent’s University, City of Westminster College , Cornwall College and internationally.

He has assisted and worked with leading Meisner coaches, Tom Radcliffe (Actors Temple) and Martin Barter (Sanford Mesiner Centre, LA) and has been mentored by Elen Bowman (former mentor to National Theatre director Kate Mitchell), David Harrower (leading Scottish playwright) & Andrew Visnevski (Head of MA, RADA).

Dominic Kelly’s classes capture the same unique spirit and essence I received whilst studying at the Neighbourhood Playhouse, the birthplace and home of the Meisner technique. NEIL ALLEN, actor

Dominic teaches in a very relaxed yet focused way. With great honesty, respect, humour and sensitivity, he is able to tap into whatever it is you need as an actor to be the very best that you can be. WILL KEMP (Reign, 50210, Nikita, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Van Helsing)

Applications for Advanced Practice Autumn 2018 have now closed