Research

For the past decade I have been passionately engaged in a unique type of interdisciplinary research.

For non-researchers, I am interested in how science can help make the lives of working actors easier in practical ways.

As you scroll down you will find specific information about my research interests and my research background, including conference presentations.

Research Interests:

My interdisciplinary focus is on bringing two elements of my research interests together.

First, drawing on extensive academic research, as well as my own practical background in actor training, I examine how various claims and models of behavior modification in actor training converge or differ from some of the most current data from the behavioral sciences.

My current areas of applied interest in this area are:

-the psychology of judgement and decision-making

-cognitive psychology (specifically the impact of memory and perceptual systems)

-behavioral genetics

-gene-environment interactions (including ethology)

-evolutionary psychology (specifically adaptive strategies and endocrine models)

-fetal environment (specifically non-genetic heritability)

-proteopathies and their clinical impact on behavior

Second, I examine the convergence and differences between models of research in actor training and other models, methods and methodologies in the behavioral sciences and clinical research.

My current areas of interest are:

-empirical models of research (with applied analytics)

-phenomenological models of research (specifically Practice-as-Research, or PaR)

-prospective methods of data-gathering

-applied epistemological constructs to research, including hypothesis-generation, population definition, falsification

-applied metaphyiscal constructs to research, including mathematical philosophy and the Automaton Theory

My larger research goals are to identify weaknesses in the claims and models of research in actor training and develop possible improvements.

Research Background

Conference Presenations:

Naturally Selected: Stanislavski in the Age of Universal Darwinism

The S-Word: Stanislavski World Conference; Rose Bruford

London, United Kingdom

Finding the Woo-Woo: When Practice does NOT Become Research

Pratice (...) Research Intersections Conference; Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

London, United Kingdom

What Killed the Scientific Voice in Actor Training: the Cartesian Split and Performer Training Today

Digital Research on the Arts and Humanities Conference; Dublin City University

Dublin, Ireland

The Nonfalsifiable Trick: Rethinking Claims and Terminology in Actor Training and Performance Studies

Re-Thinking Approaches Conference; University of York

York, United Kingdom

Noh Moment like this Moment: Exploring Potential Crossovers between Noh Theatre and the Meisner Technique

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

London, United Kingdom

Discovering the Result: Finding the Crossovers between Empiricism and Actor Training

International Conference on the Arts in Society; John Moores University

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Theory Development:

In addition to undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, my MA at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama involved further research on many of the topics listed above.

I have received mentoring from wonderful experts in the sciences, most of who I continue to maintain current relationships with. Their contributions to theory development and error-checking in my work have been invaluable: Robert Plomin, PhD; Al Kazniak, PhD; W. Jake Jacobs, PhD; Paul Gladden, PhD; Gail Gonzales, PhD.