Evered Header Profile PictureBella Merlin teaches acting and directing. As a professional actor, her work includes seasons at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the National Theatre with Max Stafford-Clark’s Out of Joint company, roles in theatres and television throughout the UK, and her one-person play, Tilly Nobody: Catastrophes of Love. With a doctorate from University of Birmingham, and graduate degrees from Moscow’s State Institute of Cinematography and the Guildford School of Acting, her publications include: The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit (Nick Hern Books, 2007), Acting: The Basics, (Routledge, 2010), Beyond Stanislavsky: The Psycho-Physical Approach to Actor-Training (Nick Hern Books, 2001), as well as chapters and articles on ‘acting with facts’, Shakespeare, and Stanislavsky’s final legacy ‘Active Analysis’. As a director, she created ‘Shakespeare-On-a-Shoestring’ (SOS) at the University of California, Davis. She is the recipient of the first Jean Benedetti Research Fellowship (2013) with the Stanislavski Centre and Rose Bruford College, UK. She is also a Visiting Professor at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, UK. www.bellamerlin.com

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