ALRA establishes professional development centre for Northern theatremakers

A performance at ALRA A performance at ALRA
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The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts has set up a new training hub providing professional development workshops for theatremakers.

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement, which will be based at the Wigan branch of the drama school, will host training and professional development workshops in voice and movement.

It will also be a network for tutors and theatremakers who are based in the North of England, Scotland and Ireland, which aims to “develop best-practice and connect to others working in voice and movement within the arts”.

During the next 12 months, ALRA North will set up a board to govern the activity of the centre.

Vice principal at ALRA Kieran Sheehan said: “At ALRA we have been through an intensive curriculum review during the past few years drawing on the lineages of many practitioners, spending time connecting ideas and working hard to generate the most fluid accessible training for our actors.

“The centre aims to offer a space to the many talented practitioners in the north to engage in continuing professional development, giving each other the resources to reflect, taking time to link practice, evolve and refine processes for performance training.”

The Northern Centre for Voice and Movement will launch on September 22 and 23 with two, one-day workshops, one focusing on voice and the other on movement.

Details of other workshops and events can be found on ALRA’s website.

Voice practitioner Kristin Linklater, who will be running a one-day workshop at the centre, added: “As a lifelong voice practitioner engaged in theatre I am excited by the idea of a Northern Centre for Voice and Movement. ALRA is breaking new ground.”