Evered Header Profile PictureBella Merlin teaches acting and directing. As a professional actor, her work includes seasons at Shakespeare & Company (Massachusetts), the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the National Theatre (London) with Max Stafford-Clark’s Out of Joint company, roles in theatre, film and television in the UK and the USA. She has created two fact-based solo plays in collaboration with the UC: Tilly Nobody: Catastrophes of Love at UC Davis and Nell Gwynne: A Dramatick Essaye in Acting and Prostitution here at UCR. With a doctorate from University of Birmingham, and graduate degrees from the Russian State University of Cinematography and the Guildford School of Acting, her publications include: Facing the Fear: An Actor’s Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright (Nick Hern Books, 2016), Acting: The Basics, Second Edition, Routledge, 2017), The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit, Revised Edition (Nick Hern Books, 2014), 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 has staged Emily Mann’s Mrs Packard and Diana Son’s Stop Kiss here at UCR, and she created ‘Shakespeare-On-a-Shoestring’ (SOS) at UCD. She is the recipient of the first Jean Benedetti Research Fellowship with the Stanislavski Centre and Rose Bruford College, UK, where she is now a Visiting Professor. www.bellamerlin.com

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