Bella Merlin teaches acting and directing. Areas of practice-based research include acting processes, fact-based drama, song-and-story, Stanislavsky, Shakespeare, and she has presented workshops and papers in Australia, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Zimbabwe and across the UK. Here at UCR she has created with film students various documentary/learning resources including Active Analysis in Rehearsal: A Documentary Learning Resource (on Digital Theatre online archive) and A Life in Shakespeare: Tina Packer and Miles Anderson In Conversation. 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, including Mente Revolver by Alejandro Ramirez (winner of the Alhambra Oro for Best Film at the Granada Cines del Sur International Film Festival, 2018). She has written 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: Konstantin Stanislavsky (Revised Edition, Routledge, 2018), Acting: The Basics (Revised Edition, Routledge, 2017), Facing the Fear: An Actor’s Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright (Nick Hern Books, 2016), 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 numerous chapters and articles. She regularly directs at UCR and created ‘Shakespeare-On-a-Shoestring’ (SOS) at UCD. She was the 2016-17 McSweeny McCauley Excellence in Teaching Endowed Chair at UCR, and the recipient of the first Jean Benedetti Research Fellowship with the Stanislavski Centre and Rose Bruford College, UK, in 2013. With Professor Paul Fryer she co-created the international series of symposia, ‘The S Word’. www.bellamerlin.com
Classes include: TFDP 109: Acting: The Process; TFDP 110A: Acting: Fundamentals; TFDP 111A: Shakespeare and the Power of Language; TFDP 111B: Acting with Facts and Playing with Truth.
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