John Gillett and Christina Gutekunst
John Gillett and Christina Gutekunst Biographies
Christina Gutekunst trained as an actor in Germany and Britain, and then gained her PG diploma and MA in voice studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has taught voice in numerous acting schools, has worked on voice-overs as actor and director and co-ran two theatre companies. She has also coached on productions for TV and theatre. Christina has been Head of Voice at East 15 Acting School since 2003. She has contributed a chapter, "Organic Voice: Vocal Integration through Actor Training in Somatic Voices" in Performance Research and Beyond (edited by Christina Kapadocha for Routledge, 2020), as well as being co-author with John Gillett of Voice into Acting - Integrating voice and the Stanislavski approach (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014/2021).
John Gillett trained as an actor in the approach of Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov and has worked widely as an actor in regional theatre, touring, independent and London theatre, radio, film and television. He has taught and directed in many drama schools, including RADA, LAMDA, CSSD, and GSA, was Head of the Post Graduate Acting Course at East 15, and co-ran two theatre companies and acting training for professional actors. John has run acting workshops on Stanislavski here and abroad, and is the author of Acting on Impulse –Reclaiming the Stanislavski Approach (Methuen Drama, 2007), fully updated and extended as Acting Stanislavski – A practical guide to Stanislavski’s approach and legacy (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014), the preface for a new edition of Stanislavski’s Creating a Role (Bloomsbury Revelations, 2013), and has written articles for the Stanislavski Studies journal. He is co-author with Christina Gutekunst of Voice into Acting - Integrating voice and the Stanislavski approach (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014/2021). John is a member of Equity and has had a prominent role in the writing of recent arts policy documents for Equity and the Creative and Leisure Industries Committee of the TUC. www.gillettweb.co.uk.