ACT International

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ACT International is an original acting and voice training technique developed by Anna-Helena McLean over 20 years. "ACT" stands for Actor-Chorus-Text and represents an extraordinarily magnetic performance style. Weaving music, movement, and poetry, ACT training generates devised work from an instinctive, chorus-based vocal approach, and in direct response to the immediate surroundings and partners.
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Anna-Helena read Drama and Music at Royal Holloway University ofLondon with a specialism in solo cello and performance. She is an establishedmusic theatre and ensemble coach, composer and director, running her uniqueapproach to acting and voice training called the ‘Actor - Chorus - Text’ (ACT) Ensemble Practice since 2007. Now a world-class independent and feminist actor training methodology, ACT INTERNATIONAL runs out of an Italy-based centre (Centro Anidra) offering rigorous training programmes to international applicants every summer.

Formerly a principal of the Gardzienice Theatre Association in Poland (2000-2007), Anna-Helena played the lead in Metamorphoses & Electra and toured worldwide (LaMama ETC NYC; Meyerhold Centre Moscow; Getty Centre L.A; Barbican London) as well as leading an Ancient Greek Orchestra (Orkiestra Antyczna) and the Academy for Theatre Practices (APT) in Gardzienice. Anna-Helena is currently engaged as a Doctoral Candidate in Performance Practice at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and was most recently a Voice Tutor on the Acting Studies BA Hons course also at Guildhall. She is also a supervisor for MA students in Classical Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama and guest lectures at Rose Bruford College since 2020.