Phillip Zarrilli: His Intercultural and Psychophysical Actor Training

Phillip Zarrilli was a theatre scholar, teacher, actor trainer, actor, director and dramatist with particular specialisations in intercultural performance, actor training and contemporary acting. His life-long work took many different shapes as he wrote, taught and created work extensively around … Continue reading

Phillip Zarrilli — Kaite O’Reilly’s Letter

Below I have posted a letter from Kaite O’Reilly regarding the recent passing of Phillip Zarrilli. While this may not be news to some of you, I wanted to pay tribute to Phillip on this platform in the most fitting … Continue reading

Phillip Zarrilli: Pre-Performative Psychophysical Training of the Actor/Performer

Inspired by Jerzy Grotowski but seeking his own pathway as a young theatre director working in Minneapolis, over forty years ago Phillip Zarrilli began a life-long project of exploring an alternative approach to the pre-performative training and preparation of the … Continue reading

Reflections on Psychophysical Actor Training

A personal reflection of undertaking the psychophysical actor training developed by Phillip Zarrilli. Continue reading

Student Reflections on Psychophysical Training, Part One: Injury/Recovery

Introduction by James McLaughlin Many trainers are used to writing – preserving their experiences, their systems of training, and their worldview in words.  What is often forgotten is that there is more than one person in the studio, that the … Continue reading

Embodied/Embodying Performer Training: Practices and Practicalities

TaPRA Performer Training Working Group Interim Event 24th April 2019, University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus, The ATRiuM Call deadline: March 15th

Issue 7.3: Training and Interculturalism is now available

The editors of TDPT and of this special issue on intercultural training (7.3) are delighted to announce that it is now available online. Check it out here: If you don’t have institutional access the articles by Electa Behrens and Tara McAlister-Viel … Continue reading

Yoga as/in Performance: A Research Lab hosted by the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research at the University of Huddersfield

With Dr Deborah Middleton (Huddersfield), Dr Maria Kapsali (Leeds) and Dr Bernadette Cronin (Cork) Saturday 22nd October 2016, 0915 — 1715  There are a few places still available for this one-day event in which Bernadette Cronin, Maria Kapsali, and Deborah … Continue reading

Voices Advocating Martial Arts in Actor Training

Compiled by Grzegorz Ziółkowski Sophia Delza (1972): “The simultaneous use of mind and body is where the value [of Wu style of taijiquan] lies for the actor. The exercise frees the actor to become what [s]he needs or chooses to … Continue reading

CfP: TDPT Special Issue: Martial Arts Re-Visited

Special issue: Martial Arts Re-Visited to be published in September 2022Call for contributions, ideas, proposals and dialogue with the editors Guest editors:Prof. Paul Allain, University of Kent, Canterbury ([email protected])and Prof. Grzegorz Ziółkowski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań ([email protected]).Training Grounds Editor: Thomas … Continue reading