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Symposium speaker 2023:
Dr Jessica Bockler is a theatre practitioner and transpersonal psychologist who works across academic and applied disciplines: from arts and health, to transpersonal and integral theory, to transformative learning, to social change. Jessica has worked in the applied arts arena for 25 years, and in 2011 she completed a PhD in theatre and psychology at Liverpool John Moores University, exploring Grotowski-based theatre practices as ways to engage more deeply with the human psyche, soma and soul. Jessica is a Founding Director of the Alef Trust and Programme Director for its Master’s pathway. She is Principal Research Lead for Alef Trust’s global Conscious Community Initiative which aims to connect, support and resource change makers in their work. Jessica is also convener of a new online programme in holistic change facilitation that is launching in January 2023. Jessica is a member of the academic advisory board of the Inner Development Goals initiative, and she is a member of the UNDP’s Conscious Food Systems Alliance which advocates for consciousness-raising practices in systems transformation and sustainable development.
Guest facilitator 2023, Sandeep Gurrapadi
Sandeep is currently in his 3rd year of doctoral study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Sandeep completed Masters degrees in both music education and in performance (Voice) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire. As a performer he’s been invited as a soloist in venues ranging from the Beijing National Stadium, the Royal Opera House of Mumbai, the Southbank Centre in London and most recently making his debut with the Welsh National Opera.
In research, Sandeep’s focus has increasingly been focused towards understanding the crossroads where community music and theatre intercept, and the learnings—both practical and theoretical—that might be drawn from their use to create and devise in spaces that inhabit the ‘third space’.
Pamela has conducted workshops around the world specializing in laughter, voice, breath and inspiration for 20 years. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre (tenured) at Purchase College, SUNY in the Conservatory of Theatre and President for the international Voice and Speech Trainers Association - VASTA. She is delighted to be invited back to ACT INTERNATIONAL to serve as a guest artist specializing in voice and breath. Pamela has partnered with Anna Helena McLean in Italy, France, England, Scotland and New York City for numerous past workshops and trainings. Pamela is currently working on a book, The Voice Coach’s Toolkit, to be published by Routledge in 2022-23. She has professionally coached productions for: the Tony Award® winning Alley Theatre (Houston), Cleveland Play House, Yale Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theatre Centre, Hartford Stage Company, Primary Stages (NYC), Bay Street Theatre (NY), Underwood Theatre (NYC), The Play Company (NYC), The Edge Theatre Company (NYC), New York Classical Theatre, St. Ann’s Warehouse, & Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC) among others. Pamela has been on faculty at Yale School of Drama, NYU and UCLA. She received her MFA in Acting from UCLA and is certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework®, Vibrant Voice Technique®, Laughter Yoga and Prana Yoga. www.pamelaprather.com