Fiona Griffiths

Fiona  (MFA, MA) is an acclaimed multimedia theatre artist with extensive performing & touring experience in dance, theatre and clown. A graduate of the Concordia University dance program (BFA/MFA) and The University of London, UK – acting pedagogy (MA, honours); Fiona also studied extensively with Richard Pochinko (clowning) and Linda Putnam (the work). SourceWork is the result of her years of mastering physical, emotional and theatrical systems and she teaches this work in the acting, dance and clowning communities. As well as teaching in many university theatre programs including the graduate programs of York and Yale Universities and Central School of Speech and Drama, UK, she has also collaborated with theatre companies including GCTC, Tarragon, Nightwood, Buddies in Bad Times, Theatre Columbus and coached many independent productions. Fiona has worked with clowns: Morrow and Jasp, Mump and Smoot, Pochsy and Crystel Bartelse, etc., as well as dancers and choreographers: Pam Johnson, La Caravan (Calgary), Lilia Leon, Jennifer Dallas, Peter Chin, Eroca Nichols, etc., and has coached with many Fringe shows over the last 15 years. In 2012, Fiona and Steven Bush co-directed Autogeddon, and for the 2013 Fringe of Toronto she directed How to Become a Spinster. Her recent performances include the international UK hit Hotel Medea, Nuit Blanche, The Intersection Project, 24 hours of Butoh…or not, Red Nose District and Shot at Dawn. Fiona was also also a featured speaker at the International Festival of Clowns. She is an avid researcher and has published and presented papers on the performing brain: How our brain is wired to act and Beyond Acting: living the play through physicalised image streams. As well as running independent workshops and coaching various performers, Fiona currently teaches at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre & The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance.

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