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Jonathan Pitches, PhD with Amy Skinner 

University of Leeds and University of Hull, UK

Teaching Theatre Skills Online

Jonathan Pitches and Amy Skinner 's Biographies

Jonathan Pitches is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds and specialises in the study of performer training, environmental performance and blended learning. He is founding co-editor of the journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and has published several books in this area, including Vsevolod Meyerhold (2003/18), Science and the Stanislavsky Tradition of Acting (2006/9), Russians in Britain (2012), and Stanislavsky in the World (with Dr Stefan Aquilina 2017). He is sole editor of Great Stage Directors Vol 3: Komisarjevsky, Copeau, Guthrie (2018) and, most recently, author of Performing Mountains (Palgrave 2020), supported by the AHRC.

Amy Skinner is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Practice in the School of the Arts at the University of Hull. Her research interests include Russian and Early Soviet theatre, theatre direction and scenography, and interdisciplinary connections between theatre, fine art and early twentieth century physics. She is also a theatre director and designer, specialising in contemporary stagings of multi-lingual texts and plays in translation. Her work on director Vsevolod Meyerhold includes contributions to Great Stage Directors: Meyerhold, Piscator and Brecht (2019,  Bloomsbury), Encountering Ensemble (2013, Methuen), Russians in Britain (2012, Routledge), and as well as her edited collection Russian Theatre in Practice (2019, Bloomsbury) and her monograph Meyerhold and the Cubists (2015, Intellect/University of Chicago Press). She has also written on other aspects of Russian and Soviet theatre, including Socialist Realism and the theatre of Nikolai Okhlopkov (2017) and stage design during the Perestroika era (in The Routledge Companion to Scenography, 2017).

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