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The Convergence #3, On Actor Training, 31st Oct 2020

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Our next guest on The Convergence is internationally-acclaimed actor, director and actor trainer Aiden Condron. Having met in 2016 and reconnected recently due to the pandemic, Ethan and Aiden will be discussing vital questions around actor training. What are we training? What are we training for?

These will be the central questions for this coming weekend's discussion. With both artists being practitioners with a deep connection to wellness, we hope you will join us for a fervent discussion on the phenomenon that is actor-training.

Aiden Condron has been a performing arts professional for over twenty-five years working in many areas of theatre and performance, as actor, director and actor trainer. He trained at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, with Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and at The Conservatory of Music and Drama (Dublin) where he was two-time recipient of The Brendan Smith Award for achievements in acting.

As an actor Aiden has worked extensively in Ireland, the UK and internationally. He recently co-created and performed a solo stage adaptation of ‘Worstward Ho’ by Samuel Becket at Theatre X Chai, Tokyo. He has received critical acclaim for performances such as Clov in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame’ performed in Los Angeles, Angelo in Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’ (Dublin), and Sordido in the Irish premier of ‘Women Beware Women’ by Howard Barker. In 2000 Aiden was nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Theatre Awards for his portrayal of Marc Antony in ‘Julius Caesar’ with Rattlebag Theatre (Dublin).

As a highly qualified and experienced educator, Aiden has led, designed curriculums and taught for Acting Programmes in numerous drama schools, conservatories and universities in the UK & Europe. He has also been invited to conduct workshops, training and talks for various institutions in Ireland, Spain, Italy, Poland and Japan.

In January 2002 Aiden founded NERVOUSYSTEM a Dublin-based International Performance Laboratory of which he was artistic director for ten years. Within NERVOUSYSTEM, as well as directing all the group's performances, Aiden also evolved a detailed and comprehensive actor-training praxis for the group. Aiden’s work with NERVOUSYSTEM brought encounters and collaborations with artists working at the forefront of active performance research including, Eugenio Barba (Odin Teatret), Thomas Richards (The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards) and Rena Mirecka (Polish Teatr Laboratorium).

Now based in Barcelona, Aiden continues his work and research as an actor trainer/performing arts educator & performance maker in his role as core Lecturer in Acting with the Institute of the Arts Barcelona and as Director and Lead tutor & coach with Living Acting Studio.

The Convergence #3 will be livestreamed here: on the 31st of October at 2030 AEST, 1930 JST, 1830 SGT, and 1130 CEST. See you there!

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