Asha Jennings-Grant Movement Director | Intimacy Coordinator & Director
I am a London-based Movement Director and Intimacy Coordinator/Director. As a former dancer, I trained for a BA (Hons) in Dance Performance and then continued to perform and tour with a wide range of dance and performance companies in the styles of Contemporary, Hip Hop, Swing and West African dance. I also toured nationally and internationally with the rhythm and percussion sensation STOMP.
My movement directing and teacher training began at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama studying for an MA in Movement Studies. To date, my practice continues to develop as the core principles of my dance and movement background shape my approach to movement for actors. My work aims to encourage the actor to utilise an embodied understanding of their movement to inform their overall performance and physical work.
As a Movement Director, I specialise in:
Movement sequences and choreography
Staging and blocking
Ensemble and chorus work
I have taught movement and worked on student productions at LAMDA, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford College and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
My journey into Intimacy Coordination and Direction began in 2019 and since then I have trained with Ita O'Brien at Intimacy On Set and have completed the Moving Body Arts' Intimacy Coordination Mentoring Scheme for TV & Film run by Yarit Dor. This has led to opportunities working on theatre plays and TV productions with Dave, NBCUniversal, BBC and ITV.
Awards and Accomplishments
Financial Retraining Grant by the Dancers' Career Development (www.thedcd.org.uk) to support my transition and development in Motion Capture.
TDPT (Theatre, Dance and Performance Training) Blog Artist Award to write a series of blog posts documenting the development of my movement practice surrounding Motion Capture (click on the Motion Capture tab for details).
POC in Play Takeover initiative in collaboration with BAFTA Games showcasing Black talent in the Gaming industry where I was added to the BHMGames100 list.