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Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis

Biography

I obtained my BA in Drama & Theatre (Distinction) from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. As part of the 5-year, full-time programme, I followed the Acting pathway and trained with leading actors and directors Filareti Komninou (Ancient Greek theatre and Method acting), Lydia Photopoulou (Stanislavski-based acting), Yannis Leontaris (acting for film), Sotiris Chatzakis (Greek theatre and folk storytelling), Stella Michailidou (physical theatre) and Dimitris Vayas (speech training), among others. I then received a MA in Physical Theatre and Performance (Distinction) from Royal Holloway University of London, where I also completed my Ph.D. thesis on the intersections of voice and body in intercultural pedagogies of singing, supervised by Ali Hodge, David Williams and David Wiles. I have trained further with Gardzienice, the Grotowski Institute, Piesn Kozla/Song of the Goat, Odin TeatretExperience Vocal Dance (NYC/London), the National Theatre of Greece, and the National Gugak Center (Seoul, South Korea).

Between 2008 and 2013, I taught at Royal Holloway University of London and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and I was part of the team that developed and taught the first iteration of the BA Vocal and Choral Studies at the University of Winchester. Before joining the Drama Department at the University of Exeter, I was Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Portsmouth (2013-2016). I have also been invited to teach for the BA European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford, the MA Performance Training at the University of Plymouth, the MA Applied Theatre at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, the MA Physical Theatre and Theatre Pedagogy at the Estonian Academy of Theatre and Music, Tallinn, Estonia, and the GEOKS Centre in Bali, Indonesia.

I have presented my research at IFTR, ATHE, TaPRA, Song Stage Screen, and other international conferences. Between 2013 and 2016, I convened the Performer Training Working Group at TaPRA, alongside Mark Evans and Libby Worth. I currently sit at the Executive Committee of TaPRA as the Working Group Coordinator, alongside Louise LePage.

I have co-founded the Centre for Interdisciplinary Voice Studies, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies and the Routledge Voice Studies book series. My research has received various awards and grants by the A. Onassis Foundation, the Leventis Foundation and the Greek Scientific Society, and, for my editing work, I was nominated for the Editing Prize of TaPRA in 2017 (longlist).

As a practitioner, I have been involved in more than 40 performances, including: Dido and Aeneas, Hansel and Gretel, Stabat Mater and Semele for Opera in Space (choreographer, director & performer; national and international tours; twice funded by the ACE), The Present of Things Past, Whilst this Machine Floats and Ophelia, Interrupted for Waving not Drowning (performer; various venues in London and The Grotowski Institute, Poland), Return and Lied und Tanz for Experience Vocal Dance (performer and assistant choreographer; London and 92Y, NYC), Chi Chi Bunichi (performer; national and international tour; funded by ACE), The Finger Project (dancer; The Place, London), and Phil Minton's Feral Choir (Barbican and Tate Britain, London). In Greece, I have collaborated with the Greek Festival, Opera of Thessaloniki, Peiramatiki Skini of 'Techni' and Theatro Technis Karolos Koun. I am the Artistic Director of Adrift Performance Makers.