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Dan Barnard, LSBU

Dan Barnard

Senior Lecturer

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    Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance

Dan Barnard is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Creative Industries. He specialises in teaching acting technique, particularly the Stanislavski System of acting. He also teaches devising contemporary performance, which links closely to his own professional practice as Artistic Director of fanSHEN theatre company. His research and professional practice focuses on interactive performance and the field of performance and ecology.

Dan has directed co-directed 10 professional productions for fanSHEN theatre company. He has also worked as a freelance director at venues including Birmingham Rep. He was Assistant Director on the Olivier Award-winning Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End. He studied at Cambridge University before going on to train with many of Britain’s leading directors including Katie Mitchell, Paul Hunter and Rufus Norris.

Dan’s teaching focuses on two key areas: acting technique, with a focus on the Stanislavski System, and devising for contemporary practice.

Dan is Module Co-ordinator on three modules at LSBU that are rooted in the Stanislavski System.

  • In Systems of Rehearsal, the Actor teaches the ideas described in Year One of Stanislavski’s An Actor’s Work, with a focus on truthful acting.
  • Text and Performance 1 explores the ideas explored in Year Two of the same book, with a focus on characterisation.
  • Text and Performance 2 is an opportunity for students to conceive, design, direct and perform in their own productions of short plays, using the Stanislavski and other techniques they have learned.

Dan also teaches on the module Performance Lab 1, in which students learn about devising contemporary performance and create their own short devised performances, rooted in the use of space and the body.  He also supervises third year students on the Research Project module, in which students write a long essay on a subject of their choosing.

Dan’s research and practice focus on the fields of interactive performance and performance and ecology. As part of a Creativeworks London project he is working with the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths to do a study of audience behaviour during fanSHEN’s interactive, actor-less piece Invisible Treasure, which was performed at Ovalhouse theatre in October and November 2015.

Together with Rachel Briscoe and Dr Lisa Woynarski, he coordinates the Performance and Ecology Network, a group of professional theatre makers, architects and academics who meet at the Young Vic Theatre. He has presented at various conferences including Performance, Ecology, Responsibility at Canterbury Christ Church University and Culture, Memory and Extinction at the University of Westminster.

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Dan is Artistic Director of fanSHEN, a London-based theatre company. For fanSHEN Dan has co-directed Invisible Treasure  (Ovalhouse) The Apple Cart (tour), Cheese (Floor One, 29-31 Oxford St), GreenandPleasantLand (tour), Same Same (Ovalhouse Upstairs), Fixer (Ovalhouse Downstairs), Blowing (national tour), Moshing Lying Down (Shunt, PULSE, festivals tour) and Shooting Rats (Lilian Baylis site). He directed Meetings by Mustapha Matura (Arcola Theatre).

fanSHEN have been awarded the Young Angels Theatremakers’ Award and have been nominated for an off-West End best director award.

Dan’s freelance directing work includes Three Way by Yusra Warsama (Birmingham Rep), Colors by Peca Stefan (co-directed with Rachel Briscoe) and Begin Again by Elinor Cook (Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays). Dan’s work as assistant director includes Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth (Apollo Theatre), directed by Ian Rickson, and A Dulditch Angel by Steven Canny (Eastern Angles Tour), directed by Orla O’Loughlin.