The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they have found it.

(Terry Pratchett)

Val Campbell

BA Drama University of Toronto

Associate Professor Drama- School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary

I became a of member of the Masterclass of Embodied Practice in September,1996.

The disciplines were new to me but they resonated from the outset and complemented other movement and somatic practices I had been exploring in my work in theatre, bodywork and yoga. I was drawn to the scope of the work and undertook an in-depth study and research into these disciplines. Over two decades of committed practice and study, my work as a creative researcher, educator and performer has been informed and inspired by the philosophy and guiding principles of Embodied Practice. I teach both disciplines in the context of theatre training at the University of Calgary – Drama and in Calgary, offering community workshops, classes and private coaching.

As well as being a member of The Cassandra Project, I have co-created two original theatre pieces using Authentic Movement for both creative sourcing and rehearsal process and have delivered conference papers detailing the work and its impact. As a director and theatre movement coach, I have found Authentic Movement to be an invaluable practice that deepens the access to greater complexity and enhances rehearsal processes and artisitic investigation.

I was the co-administrator for the Masterclass for 16 years and the role allowed me to actively engage with the principles of the practice while attending to the practical and logistical needs of the collective. This work was truly enlightening and rewarding and I am grateful for the learning this service work provided me.

I am also particularly grateful for the relationships that have come from the many years of working with the Masterclass: Judith Koltai as teacher, mentor and friend and with the members of the Guild as beloved colleagues and fellow researchers.