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The Actor-Chorus-Text 'ACT International Workshop 2022'

Anna-Helena McLean | Published on 1/24/2022

A Voice and Performance Residency in Italy with Anna-Helena McLean

 ACT International 2022

 A Voice and Performance Residency
August 10th - 28th 2022 in Northern Italy

"Life-changing! Unforgettable! Magical!"

TESTIMONIAL: "Anna-Helena brings an energy and depth to the world of acting which is rare. Her experience of, and research into, the disciplines of acting, voice and body allow for a clarity and connection between her and her students that is penetrating and lasting".

-Danny McGrath, Acting Studies Programme Leader Guildhall

The ACTOR - CHORUS - TEXT, 'ACT INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP 2022' Directed by Anna-Helena McLean (Voice & Performance Tutor, BA Acting Studies, Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

5-day 'Creative Retreat' DROP IN 10-15th August
18-day 'Production Project' INTENSIVE 10-28th August

Earlybird Deadline: February 14 2022
Final Deadline: May 5th 2022
**Save more than 40% by booking early**

LGBTQIA+ welcome, Parent-artists welcome, All nationalities welcome

Join an 18-day inter-disciplinary actor-training residency and production project in Genoa, working alongside diverse artists from all over the world. With the option to drop-in for just 5 days or contribute to an 18-day intensive devising process culminating in a performance, this opportunity provides participants with a deep insight into the core aspects of Anna-Helena McLean’s internationally renowned Actor-Chorus-Text (ACT) Ensemble Practice.

This year's programme develops aspects of the director's latest research into 'feminising' actor/voice training in the post-Grotowskian laboratory tradition by staging an original devised work inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel 'Orlando' and the Ancient Mesopotamian Epic, 'The Descent of Inanna'.

The training will cover:

Embodied Breath work | Ensemble Balance | Musicality & Listening | ‘Mutuality’ partner work | Physio vocality and the Extended Voice | Choral Singing | Chorus & Devising | The Relational Actor | Musical Dramaturgy | Scoring a Production

The intensive strand of this year's residency works to develop a production project that will play to a public audience as well as be arranged for specialist film documentation and eventual London screening in collaboration with Guildhall's Research Department.

All interviews close by deadline 5th May 2022 and all payment schedules close by 29th June. Fees include 3 meals/day plus snacks (catering for all diets). Solo rooms and upgrades available at an additional charge. We are happy to support visa and funding applications. See below or visit the website for concessionary fees and full details at





Produced in partnership with Antonella Tarditi and the centro Anidra eco-village and farm Film and Photography with Francesca Cambi and Rosie Jones.

Guest facilitation from Pamela Prather (SUNY, Yale, NYU)

Guest Speaker Dr. Konstantinos Thomaidis (Uni of Exeter) and with production support from Erin Washington, Robi Bogdanov-Schein and Sarah Nichols


"Combining embodied movement, partner-work, ensemble, voice, song, instruments, and a deep understanding of text, the process created something utterly magical!"

"The connection between the spine and vocal release. Being bold and brave with the choices I make in my work and exploring the feminine restructuring of hierarchical modes"

"Incredible leadership: liberating and structured, focused and expansive, rigorous and relaxing. The stunning surroundings of the Italian hills around Borzonasca and the support felt by all the members of staff working at the centre far exceeded my expectations."

* * * LIMITED PLACES: To secure one of only 8 places as a REGULAR or INTENSIVE participant please send over a CV and cover letter as soon as possible to be scheduled for an interview and have your application reviewed within the deadline. * * *

WHAT TO EXPECT: This year's residency will explore themes of Voice, Wellbeing and The Gaze in dialogue with extracts of text from Inanna, Sappho and Woolf



Prices range from £700-£1,250 for 5 days to £1,600-£2,150 for 18 days

Email your enquiry outlining which strand you are interested in (DROP IN | REGULAR | INTENSIVE) with your CV and letter of intention to Robi at

Costs on website:

Current newsletter: 

See also event on our page:


For anyone interested in joining us next August, we will be offering a Roundtable Zoom conversation with previous participants and the ACT Marketing Team to find out more about what to expect. This is planned to take place across different time zones in the first week of November.

5-Day DROP IN 'Creative Retreat': 10-15th August (arrive for dinner on 10th and leave after lunch on 15th) 2.5-hour, closed, ACT training with the director per day plus time to enjoy the locality, swim in the nearby waterfall, take part in open evening singing sessions, engage in forest schooling activities and take part in optional farming tasks along with the whole team. Up to 5 hours of facilitation by Pamela Prather (Fitzmaurice voice work specialist and certified yoga instructor)

To apply send a CV, headshot and letter of intention to To secure reduced rates, all details and finances must process within the deadline.

REGULAR: Join in the first 5 days as a REGULAR ACT Trainee and have the 'last minute' option to stay on for the full 18 days. Arrive for dinner on August 10th and either leave after lunch on the 15th or make the 'last minute' decision to stay on for the production project leaving after breakfast on August 28th.

All REGULAR and INTENSIVE candidates will undergo an interview process before securing a place on the course, unlike DROP IN candidates who are accepted on the basis of an intention letter and CV submission alone. Participants on the REGULAR strand will sign up for the 5 day Creative Retreat (but with added expectation of participating in 4.5-hours closed ACT training/day - in contrast to the the 2.5 hrs/day on the DROP IN strand and up to 6-hours farming tasks).

Should a REGULAR participant decide they wish to make a last minute commitment to the full production project, they have the choice to stay on until the 28th August at the relevant extra cost. To apply, send a CV, headshot and letter of intention to

You will be recommended to join the roundtable on 'what to expect' before being invited to interview with the director. To secure reduced rates, all details, interview and finances must process within the deadline. Check the centro Anidra website for extra costs for a 'last minute' stay.

18-Day INTENSIVE 'Production Project': 10-28th August (arrive for dinner on the 10th and leave after breakfast on the 28th) Culminating in a performance open to the public on 27th August.

Supported by Sarah Nichols and Erin Washington. With 2 days of staging professional film and photo documentation leading to a film screening of the process and performance in London (date TBC)

TESTIMONIAL: "Anna-Helena brings an energy and depth to the world of acting which is rare. Her experience of, and research into, the disciplines of acting, voice and body allow for a clarity and connection between her and her students that is penetrating and lasting".
- Danny McGrath, Acting Studies Programme Leader, Guildhall

Further information:
Costs on website (#ACTINTERNATIONAL2022 tab) Current newsletter: See also event on our Facebook page: