Marianne Sharp, BA Hons (London), MA, PhD (London), CM.
I’m passionate about sharing the richness of fluid resonance and bio-intelligence, and the benefits of somatic experiencing for creativity and wellbeing, that can be realized through practicing Continuum.
I have worked as a performer, theatre director, and educator/writer for the past 20 years and I currently teach Drama and Theatre at the University of Winchester, UK, specializing in solo and ensemble theatre-making, including voice and movement for actors. I hold a Batchelors in Drama and Theatre (University of London) and a Masters in Performance Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama (London). My practice-as-research PhD (also University of London) grew out of my acting experiences and is focused on embodied knowledge and the figure of the actress.
I’ve practiced yoga for many years and also Wing Chun style Kung Fu and since 2008, alongside my theatre-making and teaching, have extended my training in improvisatory performance with the late performance artist, Rachel Rosenthal, and her company, Extreme Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles). This range of practices and research supported my journey of enquiry into Continuum Movement, which I’ve been exploring since 2012, after encountering Emilie Conrad’s teaching in Santa Monica. As a theatre-maker I’m interested in practices that free-up the body from restrictions – both physical and emotional – and expand the body’s capacity for movement for optimum creative expression, improvisation and presence. Such practices often share exciting overlaps with developments in the cognitive sciences/trauma theory and, for me, Continuum works dynamically between these areas of art and science to bring us in tune with ourselves and our environment as bio- intelligent, attuned, expressive beings.
Contact Phone: +44 (0)7712 988313