The Actor-Creator

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Who could benefit from this course?

This course is suitable for actors and theatre-makers in general, especially those interested in physical, devised and contemporary practices. It's also a great opportunity for those considering that a bit of training would help dust off the cobwebs, or those looking for a little push to create material for future performances

How does it work?

This course offers you the opportunity to explore the performer's craft as a powerful source for physical and devised work. During six weekly sessions, you will enhance your acting skills, stimulate your creativity, and generate performance material. At the end of the course, you will share some of your work-in-progress at our monthly scratch night Theatre in the Pound.

Participants will encounter a progressive combination of training and creative activities.

During the sessions, you may expect to work on:
- Psychophysical preparation/practice
- Physical theatre elements
- Movement & composition
- Creative research, improvisation & devising (through both collective and individual work)
- Dramaturgies: the space, the performer, the text, the scene.

This course takes place in person, at The Cockpit in Studio 1 (upstairs). Only 10 places are available.

What do you gain?

- Experimental techniques that will enhance your work as an actor and increase your confidence in creating, developing, and structuring new work.
- Explore your creative interests and generate material that can be the beginning of your next show.
- Meet new collaborators and actors/makers that may share common creative interests.
- Present your work at our monthly scratch night 'Theatre in the Pound'.

Dates & Times

Course sessions:
Thursdays evenings at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
9 June to 14 July
at The Cockpit

Theatre in the Pound performance:
Monday 18 July at 7:00pm (with tech rehearsals from 2:00pm that afternoon)

£175 earlybird (book by 30 May at 12:00pm)
£195 regular price


Check out the other workshops in our Theatre Maker programme, and save 10% when you book 2 or more.
Installment plans are available for courses that cost £75 or more, with a 50% deposit to hold your place.


Gustavo is a theatre artist working in the intersection of theatre, performance and creative projects with communities. Initially trained as an Anthropologist in Brazil, he started his career in the performing arts collaborating with a street theatre company in Argentina before moving to Europe, where he specialized in physical, devising and contemporary performance practices. In 2017, he relocated to the UK, where he works as a theatre director, dramaturg, performer and teacher. He has worked in venues such as The Lyric Hammersmith, New Diorama Theatre and RADA and has taught courses & workshops in educational institutions like Middlesex University, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Fourth Monkey and Identity School of Acting.  contact: / @gusdival


'Gustavo is an exceptional devising practitioner, who was able to help me develop my creative side to be even more playful and through his expertise create something that felt clear and free.'
Alex Bell, Actor and Acting Tutor

'Gustavo is a fun and energetic director with great vision. He is incredibly passionate and detailed, and is so open to play, and encourages his actors to have freedom, playfulness and bravery in the rehearsal room. He creates a safe and fun space for his creatives.'
Tina Baston, Actor.

'It's was a great joy to work with Gustavo. I was able to broaden my attention to the performance space and allowed myself to respond honestly to the energy all around me. This engagement helped me to focus on the connection between my body and emotions, which gave me the chance to bring that to the surface with control'
Christina Ado, Actor.

'Gustavo is a very fun and approachable facilitator. He made me feel comfortable in the space and guided me through various explorations. He is confident and playful, im sure you’ll have an awesome time working with him!'
Pepa Duarte, Actor

'Learning the craft under the guidance of Gustavo Dias-Vallejo has been nothing short of rewarding. In the essence of intention and specificity of movement, and by understanding and applying that to my work I have evolved as an artist.' 
Franckie Francois, Actor