Mark Shields

Profile

I am a full-time postgraduate research student from the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. My research considers failure and shame in actor training pedagogy, specifically in Stanislavsky’s system of actor training, from a queer and ethical perspective. I am a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a distinction in MA Actor Training and Coaching (2016) and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, with a BA in Theatre and Performance (2011). Since graduating, I have returned to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as a visiting lecturer and continue to teach acting as a freelance teacher.

Research interests

  • Actor Training
  • Radical and Critical Pedagogy
  • Queer Theory
  • Autoethnography
  • Verbatim theatre practices
  • Ethics in Theatre and Performance

I am a member of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy Research Group.

Qualifications

  • MA Actor Training and Coaching
  • BA Theatre and Performance