Penn State professor to deliver talk at Shanghai Theatre Academy

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. —  Andrew Belser, professor of movement, voice, and acting in the School of Theatre, will be speaking at the first International Forum on Acting Education hosted by the Shanghai Theatre Academy.

The academy is the top conservatory for actors in China, teaching thousands of artists in various professional fields. The forum will take place Nov. 11-13, and speakers will include notable names in theatre from all over the world.

Belser has been invited to present a paper and lead a discussion about past and ongoing research for his upcoming book, "The Performer’s Field Guide to Applied Neuroscience," which details how actors can use neuroscience to improve their craft. He said he hopes that his speech and discussion at the Shanghai Theatre Academy will help to restart the integration of neuroscience into actor training.

Belser’s teaching and directing career has centered on movement forms, voice/breath work and interdisciplinary theatre approaches. He is currently on tour with his project, "FaceAge," as the 2017-18 Penn State Laureate and is the director of the Arts and Design Research Incubator in the College of Arts and Architecture.

"The Performer’s Field Guide to Applied Neuroscience" is scheduled for publication by Routledge in 2019.

Last Updated November 08, 2017