Andrew Hawkins, actor, director and lecturer, is a theatre and film artist. Over several decades he has made exceptional contributions to many successful, as well as ground-breaking productions. His continuous commitment to creating original and relevant work has given rise to a practice that has engaged in diverse areas and media. Aside from his work as an actor on the stage and screen, he has also explored performance beyond the boundaries of theatre space. The unusual scope and quality of his professional experience also comprises a substantial career as a practitioner teaching students at under- and post-graduate level in conservatoires and universities in London, as well as the USA.
Movement is a core interest in Andrew’s work, exploring expressivity and dynamics of the body in space: and working through a psycho-physical approach to emotion, character and personal interactions. The study of Rudolf Laban, Michael Chekhov and Meyerhold has been a strong influence in this aspect of Andrew’s practice.
As a dedicated long-time reader of drama and literature (with an MA from Oxford University) Andrew also brings to his work substantial skills and rigour in the dramatic interpretation and staging of text, of Shakespeare and the Jacobeans, Nineteenth Century Realism, and contemporary plays, which he has taught or directed at the RADA and King’s College London, University of the Arts London, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Middlesex University, Rose Bruford and other colleges.
Over the last two years, Andrew has been involved with the experimental theatre company of older actors, Visible Ensemble. This unique collective have been working to develop a distinctive performing style and language via their own devised material. In October and November 2014 they scored a phenomenal success with their first show Who Do We Think We Are? — playing to packed houses at the Southwark Playhouse.
recent / current projects:
Participating in Michael Chekhov Association's 2016 International Workshops at Connecticut College USA.
'Flight', a film created with Agnes Treplin, is showing in a major exhibition: 'Evolving Design for Performance' at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China —Sept/Oct 2015.
Who Do We Think We Are? - Visible Ensemble - Southwark Playhouse - see video here