How did you start in theatre?
I have a background in performance art, specifically in musical theatre. I have been fortunate enough to find my calling as a performing arts physiotherapist, combining my passion for theatre and helping others.
What is the best piece of advice you have for students today?
Listen to your body; take care of it.
What would you change about UK training?
An increased focus on injury prevention.
What is the best part of your job?
Most of my clients have a passion for inspiring others, and specifically for giving audience members the chance to escape whatever reality they are living.
And your least favourite?
Seeing a client go through a traumatic injury that takes them out of their work and may involve a long recovery period.
Who are the practitioners you admire the most/who should students look up to?
Those who are actively attempting to better themselves and everyone around them.
What is the one skill every successful theatre/dance professional should have?
A strong work ethic. The work never stops, especially when it comes to taking care of your body and mind.
Why do you feel physical maintenance care is important for performing arts?
Being a performer is hard work. Eight shows (or more) per week, adding in choreography and vocal demands, as well as balancing your social life is no easy task. Maintaining an appropriate fitness programme, a balanced diet, and seeking treatment from a healthcare professional as needed is a great way to increase your quality of life and the longevity of your career.
Logan Lefler is a certified fellowship instructor with the Neuro Tour Physical Therapy Fellowship and a student mentor at the University of Evansville, USA. He was talking to John Byrne