The Actors Centre

Return to Self – an Actor Wellbeing Workshop

The pressure and pace of our industry doesn’t often give us a chance to ‘check-in’ with ourselves. In amongst the many roles we have to play – both on and off the stage – it can be difficult to find inner balance and self acceptance. Sometimes we even forget the joy of our craft – what led us to being actors in the first instance. Drawing upon Dramatherapy* practice, this wellbeing session will offer actors a safe and non-judgemental environment in which to explore, express, and reflect upon their own identity and mental wellbeing. Using language familiar to the actor – such as improvisation, role-play, story-telling and expressive movement – accessed within a therapeutic context, participants are given the opportunity to connect with creativity without the pressure to perform and be judged or critiqued. The session offers a chance to meet and play with other actors in a supportive environment; a space to feel grounded, present and balanced; and a place to reflect on one’s journey as an actor whilst building tools for self-care, confidence and resilience. *Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy that utilises the art form of drama and movement as powerful resources to promote healing and change. My practice as a dramatherapist is rooted in the Sesame methodology – a non-confrontational approach based on the theories of Carl Jung's psychology, Rudolph Laban's Art of Movement, Peter Slade's work in children's play and Marian Lindkvist's non-verbal language of Movement-with-touch-and-sound.


Annemarie Gaillard

Annemarie Gaillard is a dramatherapist specialising in Actor mental health. Over the last year, she has worked as a dramatherapist with actors-in-training at Italia Conti, Drama Studio London and Rose Bruford, delivering one-to-one therapy sessions, explorative Mental Wellbeing Awareness workshops, and running a research project where group-therapy sessions ran alongside the rehearsal process of a theatre production.Graduating from the Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) MA at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she is a fully registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth). Her current clinical practice as a dramatherapist includes working for The Priory North London and for the charitable organisation, A Space.Annemarie trained at Rose Bruford on the BA(Hons)Acting course and worked professionally for 10 years. She also worked as Drama Course Lead for the organisation, Beats Learning. 


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