About Me

I am a London-based Movement Director specialising in movement for actors. I originally trained as a dancer completing a BA (Hons) in Dance Performance. For ten years I performed and toured with a wide range of dance and performance companies in the styles of Contemporary, Street, Swing, West African dance and body percussion. 


My movement directing and teacher training began at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama whilst studying 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 my work with actors. I have collaborated with both youth theatre and professional production companies and work with actors, dancers, singers, circus artists, directors and theatre-makers. My work brings awareness to the body and aims to encourage the actor to utilise this embodied understanding of their movement to inform their overall performance and physical work.


The areas I specialise in are:


  • Character physicality


  • Movement sequences and choreography 


  • Staging and blocking


  • Ensemble and chorus work


  • Animal work


I have taught movement and worked on productions at 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. I have led and facilitated classes for musical theatre, BA and MA acting students that focus on the fundamentals of actor movement. 


I also have a great interest in Motion Capture particularly within the Film and Video Gaming industries. I am drawn towards the actor's physical preparation and performance work within a motion capture setting. I have been awarded a Financial Retraining Grant by the Dancers' Career Development (www.thedcd.org.ukto support my venture into this field. As a result of this, I run movement workshops for actors/performers independently and in universities and drama schools. Following the launch of the movement workshops, I was awarded a TDPT (Theatre, Dance and Performance Training) Blog Artist Award and was asked to write a series of blog posts documenting my Mocap journey (click on the Motion Capture tab for details)

Through my continued research and practice development, I was asked to join the Institute of Creative Technologies at DeMontfort University as Researcher in Performance and Immersive Technologies to work in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company on UKRI's Audience of the Future project.

In October 2020 during Black History Month, I was spotlighted as part of the POC in Play Takeover initiative showcasing Black talent in the Gaming industry. I was added to the BHMGames100 list in collaboration with BAFTA Games and POC in Play.

I love working with individuals who have an openness and sensitivity to movement, who can envision a strong physical life within a piece of work and who are keen to incorporate this within the working process.


Please feel free to browse around and I look forward to hearing from you!

© 2021  Asha Jennings-Grant