Dick (Richard Newton) McCaw - CV
Senior Lecturer (part time) Department of Drama and Theatre Studies
Royal Holloway, University of London
Education and Training
2009 Appointed Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
2007 Diploma in the Feldenkrais Method
2001 – 7 Began studying Laban movement as a private pupil with Geraldine Stephenson (one of Rudolph Laban’s assistants in the late 1940’s)
2004 PhD from Royal Holloway, ‘Bakhtin’s Other Theatre’.
1978 Graduated from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University with a 2/1 Degree in English Literature. Special interests: James Joyce and Roland Barthes.
1970 - 78 Studied Classical Guitar with various teachers in Spain and England
1966 – 73 St Bees School, Cumbria: 6 O-levels, 2 A-Levels
Career Details (Academic)
2000 – Visiting Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. MA course in Laban, First Year courses in practical skills and devising. Third Year course in Physical Theatre.
2000 – 15 Visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London, Second Year Theatre Making Project, Third Year Devising Project.
Career Details (Non Academic)
2012 – 14 Taught a course called The Actor’s Body, a User’s Guide at the Actors Centre. Bringing together the Feldenkrais Method and the movement principles of Rudolf Laban.
2008 Documented Improbable’s second ‘Open Space’ project, Devoted and Disgruntled.
2007 – 11 Facilitator of Dance Umbrella’s A Feeling for Practice, a series of work presentations by choreographers and dance practitioners. I facilitated public presentations with Richard Alston (CBE), Trisha Brown, Gill Clarke (MBE), Siobhan Davies (CBE), Shobana Jeyasingh, Pedro Machado (Candoco), Jeannie Steele (of the Merce Cunningham Company) and Charlotte Vincent.
2007 – 10 Initiated Renegotiations, a co-mentoring project with choreographer Siobhan Davies, Lois Weaver, Rose English, Tyrone Huggins and Ian Spink
2006 – Talks Facilitator for the London International Mime Festival. During this time I have led public discussions with over 100 performers to audiences across London, from the Royal Opera House and Barbican Arts Centre to the arches eneath London Bridge Station.
2006 - 09 Writing on the Body, Writing on the Page
A documentation project which brought writers and choreographers together in conversation. The partners were the Royal Court Theatre and the South Bank Centre; funding was from the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund, Dance Web Europe, and the Jerwood Trust. Transcripts published on
2006 Launch of Website, with funds from Arts Council of England, the first online database of organisations specialising in continuing training opportunities for professionals working in the performing arts.
2005 Mentoring: dancer Jade Persis Maravala in a research project at the Chisenhale Space, London,
Shane Shambu in a research project at Derby Dance Centre
Artistic Adviser for the 2005 Daiwa Butoh Festival at Jacksons Lane, London
2004 Director for CircElation’s first event for Circus Artists held in Leeds, consisting of 8 workshops and 8 public discussions.
2003 Programme Director for Conflictions - a series of 4 workshops led by internationally recognised martial arts practitioners organised by Theatre Venture in London.
2002 Two consultancies focusing on Continuing Professional Development: CircElation, which specialises in the Continuing Training needs of circus artists, and Theatre Venture, a London-based theatre company.
2001 – 04 Theatre on a Shoestring
A project created for branches of George Soros’ Open Society Institute, where I would work with theatre workers from the former Soviet Bloc, helping them to create independent (i.e. not state-managed) creative projects. I led projects in Bulgaria, Hungary and Mongolia.
1993 – 01 The International Workshop Festival (IWF)
In 1993 I was appointed director during my nine years as director I researched and programmed over 200 professional workshops involving more than 4,000 professional practitioners.
1981 – 92 The Medieval Players
In partnership with Carl Heap I produced over 30 plays from the Medieval and Renaissance repertoire, including adaptations of Chaucer, Grimmelshausen, Langland, and Rabelais, with specially commissioned verse translations from poets Adrian Mitchell and Edwin Morgan, amongst others. The company became one of Britain's most popular touring theatre companies and toured Australia three times with great success. The company collaborated with the BBC on four projects: The History of the English Language (1981) Martin Luther – Heretic (1987), two plays from the York Mystery Cycle (1988), Doctor Faustus (1988).
1978 – 80 ATC London – The Actors Touring Company
Co-founded the company with director John Retallack. Musical Director and onstage musician in Retallack’s adaptation of Byron's Don Juan (1978 Edinburgh Fringe First Award), Vanburgh's The Provoked Wife (1979), and a two-part adaptation of Don Quixote (1980) by Richard Curtis and John Retallack.
ATC continues to tour innovative theatre to audiences throughout Britain and abroad.
Public Output from research and scholarly activity
2017 The Ends of Training, a Paper for TAPRA, Salford
Paper on Developments in Laban's thinking at a conference to launch the Labanarium, University of Surrey
2016 Introduction to Seminar on the Special Issue of Theatre and Dance Performance Training for which I was co-editor Research Seminar at the Actors Centre with Professor John Rothwell on Neuroscience and the Actor
2015 Research Seminar at the University of Exeter, ‘What to put in an archive?’
2012 Research seminar at University of Coventry – The study of movement qualities after Rudolf Laban: from Warren Lamb to Daniel Stern.
2011 Research Seminar at Central School of Speech and Drama on Embodiment with Professor John Rothwell (Institute of Neurology) and Dr Stefanie Sachsenmaier (University of Middlesex).
Presentation about learning through the throwing and catching of sticks at the Symposium ‘Participatory research and learning in the performing arts’ in the Centre for Creative Collaboration, London.
Research Seminar at the University of Cork on Laban’s theories of Effort.
2010 Public presentation at the Special Collections of the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, of research into the John Hodgson Laban Archive, which, with funding from The John Hodgson Theatre Research Trust, I have been cataloguing.
2009 Annual London International Mime Festival lecture at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. The Reluctant Mover – On the teaching of Geraldine Stephenson
2012 British Academy for work on Laban archive in the Brotherton Library, Leeds
2007 – 10 John Hodgson Theatre Research Trust, £26,000 for work on the Laban archive in the Brotherton Library, Leeds University
2008 Dorothy Whitney Elmhirst Trust, £5,000 for writing The Routledge Sourcebook for Rudolf Laban
2007 Jerwood Trust, £15,000 for Writing on the Body, Writing on the Page
2006 Arts Council of England, £5,000 for compiling the Bodies of Knowledge website
2004 Palatine, £5,000 for producing CD ROM documentations of Clive Barker and Phelim McDermott
2007 Guest of Honour at the Cairo Festival of Experimental Theatre
1999 Received the International Theatre Institute (London) Award for ‘Excellence in International Theatre’ whilst Director of the International Workshop Festival
1996 Received the International Theatre Institute’s (London) Award for ‘Excellence in International Dance’ whilst Director of the International Workshop Festival
1992 Arts Council of England Bursary in recognition of contribution to National Touring
2018 Training The Actor’s Body - A Guide (Methuen)
2015 Bakhtin and Theatre: Dialogues with Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and Grotowski (Abingdon: Routledge)
2011 The Laban Sourcebook Editor, Introduction and Conclusion (Abingdon: Routledge)
2006 An Eye for Movement, a book about Warren Lamb, (London: Brechin Books)
2000 De Sade with Silviu Purcarete (Bologna: Arena Publications)
2008 Lessons After Laban (Exeter: Arts Archives) two DVD ROMs about the teaching and career of Geraldine Stephenson, a student of movement pioneer Rudolf Laban
2006 Movement Pattern Analysis and Decision Making (Exeter: Arts Archives) a DVD ROM on Warren Lamb
2005 Theatre Jazz (Exeter: Arts Archives – an updated version subsequently published by Methuen to accompany a second edition of Theatre Games) a DVD ROM documentation on the teaching of Clive Barker
2003 Space, Improvisation, Creativity (Exeter: Arts Archives) a DVD ROM documentation on the teaching of Phelim McDermott
Lessons around the Baton (Exeter: Arts Archives) a DVD ROM on Dominique Dupuy)
2001 Action Theatre (Exeter: Arts Archives) a CD ROM on Mladen Materic
A Kantor Legacy (Exeter: Arts Archives) a CD ROM on Zofia Kalinska
2015 ‘The Actor’s Presence’ in Actor Training: A Reader ed. Mark Evans (Abingdon: Routledge) pp 171 - 181
2012 ‘Documenting Clive Barker and Phelim McDermott’ in A Celebration of Dance, Drama and Music in Higher Education ed. David Pearson (London: Higher Education Academy, Online.) pp 8 - 11
2010 Critical Introduction to Clive Barker’s Theatre Games (London: Methuen) pp.xi - xxv
2008 Theatre of Movement and Gesture (Le Théâtre du Geste ) by Jacques Lecoq, Co-translator. (Abingdon: Routledge) pp.126 - 157
2006 ‘Claire Heggen Goes Fishing’ in Physical Theatres, A Critical Reader, Eds. John Keefe and Simon Murray (Abingdon: Routledge), pp. 9 – 16
2001 ‘Old Theatre for New’, in Essays in honour of Meg Twycross, (Leeds: Leeds Studies in English, University of Leeds) pp. 275 – 287
‘Medieval Theatre in the 20th Century’ in The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre, ed. C. Chambers, (London and New York: Continuum) pp. 486 – 488.
Preface to Through the Body, by Dympna Callery, (London: Nick Hern Books), pp. viii - x
Refereed Articles in Academic Journals
2015 ‘Understanding the Meaning of Movement’ in Theatre and Dance Performance Training, Volume 6, Issue 2 (Abingdon: Routledge) pp 219 - 232
2014 ‘Paradoxes of Acting: Bakhtin and Stanislavsky’ in New Theatre Quarterly 117, Vol. XXX Pt. 1, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) pp.29 - 39
2013 ‘Danger UXB! My Career in Archives’ in Contemporary Theatre Review Volume 23, Issue 2 (Abingdon: Routledge) pp. 403 - 410
2011 ‘The Cost of Training’ in Theatre and Dance Performance Training, 2.2, (Abingdon: Routledge) pp.262 – 263
2009 ‘Rhythm in Art and Life’, Le Rythme (Geneva: International Federation of Rhythm Teachers) pp.52 – 55
‘Plumbing and Wiring’ in Performance Research ‘On Training’, 14 (2) (Abingdon: Routledge) pp.25 – 37.
2003 'The Body We Leave Behind’ (Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 13, No.4, pp. 66 – 78)
‘Taking Clive Seriously’, on Clive Barker, in New Theatre Quarterly 92 , Vol XXIII, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) pp.337 – 351
and ‘A Brief History of Clive Barker’, pp. 295 – 303 (first published in Theatre Jazz, 2005)
2002 ‘Training for Melodrama’, in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film Vol. 29, No.2, pp. 62 - 65
2001 ‘Lifelong Listening’ in Dance Theatre Journal, Vol. 17, No.1, pp.20 – 23
‘Play’s The Thing’ in Dance Theatre Journal, Vol. 17, No.4, pp. 36 – 39
2000 ‘Flying not Falling’ in Dance Theatre Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1
2015 ‘Lessons from the Archive’ in Movement, Dance & Drama. (Magazine of the Laban Guild, Vol 34, No 1, p. 15
2014 Editorial for Training Grounds section of Theatre and Dance Performance Training, (Abingdon: Routledge) Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.334 - 335
Answer The Question with Thomas Wilson Theatre and Dance Performance Training, (Abingdon: Routledge) Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.340 - 343
'Girl Guides and Dancing Devils in Movement, Dance and Drama' (Magazine of the Laban Guild) Vol 33, No 2, pp. 4 - 6
Review of Viewpoints by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau in Theatre and Dance Performance Training, (Abingdon: Routledge) Vol 5, No 1, pp.93 - 95
2013 Obituary for Henry Smith in Theatre and Dance Performance Training, (Abingdon: Routledge) Vol 4, No 3 p.435 – 436
Programme article about the work of Aurelien Bory for their performances of Sans Objet at the Salzburg Festival. 24 – 26 August, pp.18 - 27
Editorial for Training Grounds section in Theatre and Dance Performance Training, (Abdingdon: Routledge) Vol 4, No 2 pp.280 - 281
‘Working on the John Hodgson Archive’ in Movement, Dance and Drama Vol 32 No 3, pp. 12 - 13
2012 ‘Youth’ in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Abingdon: Routledge) Vol. 3 Issue 2
‘Drop Your Shoulders’ in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Abingdon: Routledge) Vol. 3 Issue 1, 124 – 125
2011 ‘What is the Cost of Training?’ Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Abingdon: Routledge) Vol. 2 Issue 2, 262 - 263
2010 ‘An Imaginary Excursion’ in Movement, Dance and Drama, Vol. 29 no 1, pp.28 - 30
2009 ‘The Actor – A Reluctant Mover: The Genius of Geraldine Stephenson’ in Movement and Dance Vol. 28, No.1, pp. 1 - 4
2001 ‘Another Kind of Learning’ in Total Theatre, Vol.13, No. 2 (London: Total Theatre) pp. 7 – 9
‘Flow Form’ in Total Theatre, Vol.13, No. 3 (London: Total Theatre) pp. 20 – 21
Editorial Board of The Video Journal of Performance Training (University of Hull)
Contributing Editor to New Theatre Quarterly (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Lead Editor of the Training Grounds section of Theatre and Dance Performance Training (Abingdon: Routledge). As part of my duties I have conducted interviews with over forty leading figures in the world of theatre and dance including Sir Nicholas Hytner, Siobhan Davies OBE, Phelim McDermott, Katie Mitchell, Silviu Purcarete and Tim Etchells.