Georgina Sowerby

Theatre Director / Acting Teacher / Course Director

 

About

I am a Director / Actor, Joint Artistic Director of Dirty Market Theatre Company and Acting Teacher.

I trained at Drama Centre as an actor and have been acting, directing and teaching acting ever since - exploring all aspects of what an actor can be and do.  

Over the years, as well as co-founding two companies, I have directed over 30 student productions for DCL, DSL, LSDA, the Cambridge tradition, the Method studio, City Lit Rep / Diploma, London South Bank University and others. These have ranged from Naturalistic productions, to experimental gender fluid classics and devised work in unusual spaces. I was Course Leader of the Masters in Acting at Drama Centre London, CSM / UAL and then joined the MA in Creative Performance Practice team at London South Bank University.

My latest project is called Orpheus Street. It's a place for early career actors and artists to discover, explore and develop their own Creative Agency.

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Experience

Background & Expertise

Actor

As an actress, I have worked for The National, NT Studio, The Royal Court, The Almeida, The Tron Glasgow, Howard Barker's Wrestling School, The Unicorn, Derby Playhouse, Greenwich Theatre, Ovalhouse, Thiasos, National Theatre of Scotland and Soho Theatre - also for BBC, BBC Scotland, STV, Carnival Films and Ideal World. I was also a member of The Workshop led by Di Trevis.

Acting Teacher

I have been teaching acting, especially Stanislavski technique, method acting and Uta Hagen's work since 1998.  I see the actor as both 'material' and 'maker', and help developing actors discover and understand the particular qualities of their 'material' - then I help them find their voice as a 'maker'. I employ a practical, body-based approach to the development of character, active research, imaginative story-telling and building rich and detailed play-worlds. I will work via questions to empower actors to find their own answers, be in charge of their own breakthroughs and work in-depth independently. I want to share my respect and passion for acting.

Publications

D.I.Y. and D.I.Y. 2 book series edited by Robert Daniels

Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies – chapter, Alchemical Adaptations on our journey adapting The Hearing Trumpet for stage.

Theatre Director

I began by assisting Gay Sweatshop Artistic Co-Director James Neale-Kennerley in the late 90's. I then co-founded Moving Arts Initiatives with artist Hente Sodderland, devising mixed media storytelling events for children and their families in Peckham, working in association with Tate Modern. 

I am founder, co-director and performer in the theatre collective Dirty Market. 

www.dirtymarket.co.uk 

Our first large-scale, site-specific piece Bacchaefull, won Time Out Fringe show of the year 2007; We created Bacchaefull in the City at The Old Abattoir in Clerkenwell in 2008, followed by two smaller scale projects: Rising and Falling, Bonnie Bird Theatre and Storm Damage, for BAC. ACE funded Something About You (makes me want to hurt you), Asylum in Peckham in 2011. Dirty Market then created Be Good Revolutionaries for Ovalhouse's 2012 commission. In 2013, our original work, Oxbow Lakes made for Camden People's Theatre SPRINT Festival, went on to be supported by ACE at Parr St Printworks in Hackney.  In 2014, we received a Grants for the Arts award to develop our new show, Mrs Horton’s Finger and in April 2017, ACE supported a full-scale theatre adaptation of Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet produced in association with Theatre Delicatessen, playing at Theatre Deli’s Old Library SE5. We're working currently on two projects: Black box Homebirth (an interactive project that will take place around a kitchen table, all about medication and difficult decisions in pregnancy)... and Orpheus Street, a pilot project for early career actors, helping them discover and develop their Creative Agency. 

I worked during 2018 with Suffrage Arts and Clean Break on plays written by Suffragettes, and then directed a staged reading of Michael Almaz's The Rasputin Show with a mixed cast of all ages including actors from Southwark Young Company, Southwark Elders, Visibles and recent graduates from DCL MA Acting, as a celebration of the work of Cafe Theatre and Unfinished Histories.

 

Testimonials

Allan Atlee Dean CSM

Georgina brings an extraordinary creative energy to the role of course leader, inspiring confidence in her students to produce equally extraordinary work manifested in the high quality performances and collaborations that the MA Acting students produce. Making this happen requires both inspiring leadership on Georgina’s part alongside a quite phenomenal ability to juggle a plethora of administrative and management tasks behind the scenes to make these opportunities and experiences possible.

Jake Taylor Principal LSDA

Our students complete online feedback questionnaires on completion of their training here and Georgina is featured heavily as one of the ‘best parts of the training / school’.  I am also often told how much students love her and her work.
Georgina is reliable, professional, committed, passionate and a true master of her craft.  She does not shy away from challenging the students in order for them to reach their full potential whilst maintaining sensitivity and warmth.  Her method of teaching ensure that the students trust her and their trust in her, and themselves, are rewarded by growth and real, tangible results.
Georgina produces some of the most creative work that I have seen at LSDA and what makes her special is that it is never done at the expense of technique, depth or honesty.  It is rare to find someone who is able to deliver all of these elements to such a high standard.

Graduate Testimonials

As an emerging theatre maker on the MA in Creative Performance Practice at the London South Bank University, I had the privilege of working with Georgina who supported me throughout the development of a very personal and emotive, creative project. Georgina became my mentor, counsellor, confidante and supervisor all rolled into one, inspiring me to stay focused on creating the piece. I will always be grateful to Georgina for her wisdom and for giving me the courage to put my authentic self out there. 

Sharon Barrow, MA Creative Performance Practice LSBU 


Georgina is a wonderful teacher. Her teaching is a brilliant counter-active medicine to a lot of the toxic standards we face in the industry right now and has given me a protective environment to foster my artistry as well as prepared me for what to expect from agents, casting directors and directors. I also found her particularly inspirational as another female artist and she has helped to guide me and find my voice in a profession which often feels male-dominated and threatening.

Holly Musgrave, DCL MA Acting Graduate 

Her sensitivity and intuitiveness create a disarming and disciplined rehearsal space. A place where I have felt most courageous to play and make the maddest of acting choices, surprising myself and learning so much about being an attentive and giving ensemble member along the way.  

Andrea Matthea-Laing, DCL MA Acting Graduate 

Georgina is a wonderfully detailed teacher, tailoring her teaching for each individual actor's journey of discovering a character/play. I immediately saw her passion for theatre and for conveying powerful messages shine through in her teaching and directing. Her extensive knowledge of art, theatre and film enabled her to give us a widespread depth of advice that we could use to improve our acting and character study. She is incredibly personable and thoughtful as a teacher, both pastorally and academically. With Georgina you can always guarantee every project is going to be a thrill ride, and that she's going to give every ounce of herself to help bring out the absolute best in her students.  

Robin Harris, DCL MA Acting Graduate 

 

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Student Productions

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Productions

 
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A passionate theatre-maker with an ability to create something together while carefully nurturing the final product, whether that be a show, program, exchange, tutorial or course.

Ninad Samaddar

 

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