The Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research brings together researchers and practitioners to promote research into aspects of performance training and practice which recognise the inter-relation of mental and physical capacities in the performer. The Centre’s research includes the interrogation of discourses and models, as well the exploration and development of specific psychophysical performance practices, including approaches to: acting emotion; improvisation; ensemble theatre; pre-performative training; creativity. We have a particular interest in relationships between mindfulness practices and psychophysical performance practices.
The Centre organizes special lectures, workshops, seminars, symposia, and conferences, and hosts performances and other presentations by our Visiting Professors, Research Fellows, and Associates. Staff and postgraduates perform, present and publish the results of their research internationally, and seek to develop dynamic collaborations with individuals and institutions pursuing related research. We offer postgraduates a dynamic and supportive research environment and the opportunity for practice-as-research as well as traditional modes of study.