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Gail Sixsmith

 

 

Expressive Body

Physical Theatre

 

Artist

Actress
Performer
Director
Movement Director
Coach

 

An Artistic Journey

Expression, Body, Performance

Gail Sixsmith is a captivating performer who has won the hearts of audiences around the globe. After studying performance art, Gail has worked tirelessly to develop a unique style and technique which places the body centre stage and which draws on her visual arts heritage. Her wide ranging experience spans 30 years in the performing arts in a variety of artistic capacities. If you’d like to learn more about Gail's  inspiration, style & work, get in touch.

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"This performer only knows how to give one hundred percent in either rehearsal or performance: she dares any cast not to match her fierce commitment...

A slight bundle of energy, she dominates the stage with her extreme physicality and glinting eyes"

Paul Stebbings (Artistic Director of TNT)

 
 

“Creativity takes courage”

Henri Matisse

 
 

Projects

 
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Dark Matter
a story of Lady Macbeth

FILM - a twisted gothic visual poem featuring an original score by jazz composer Paul Flush

In shakespeare's infamous sleepwalking scene lady Macbeth wanders, disturbed in a surreal semi conscious state reliving fragments of her experience.


Dark Matter explores the inner landscape of this great villainess and her dark and tragic story. This vivid visual piece seeks to reveal the mayhem and intensity of an obsessive nature, where deep desires manifest as demonic forces drawing the lady on to her inevitable disintegration.

Get in touch for details.

 
 

Credentials

Specialist Training

Throughout her long career, Gail Sixsmith has continued her passionate quest to explore and develop skills that reveal a deeper understanding of the creative potential of the body. Her professional work includes a wide range of artistic disciplines; Theatre (including site-specific and Immersive), multi-disciplinary performance, Dance Theatre, Movement, Dance, Film, Radio, Screenwriting and Visual Arts. She has trained in: Butoh, Motion Capture, Creature Creation, Alba Emoting (Level 1 acreditation), Rasa Boxes, Physical Improvisation, Physical Theatre, Grotowski, Lecoq, Suzuki Method, Laban, Yoga, 5 Rhythms, Body Weather, Capoeira, Feldenkrais, 4 Elements DMTM, Skinner Release, Body Mind Centering and many more. She holds an MA in Screenwriting, a BA in Expressive Arts (Visual Arts, Directing & Performance). 

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Coaching & Teaching

Gail Sixsmith has been a professional performer in the industry since the late 80's, and has amassed a diverse range of skills and techniques in the process. She is committed to facilitating physical freedom and articulate creative expression. She has trained 1000's of performing arts students, has written Movement curriculums for conservatoires and universities and continues to lecture and coach young performers in a variety of settings. Major credits include; Head of Movement at ArtsEd and leading workshops and coaching at the RSC, BBC in China and the Middle East. She currently lectures at London College of Music. Gail is renown for getting the very best out of her students; unlocking in them creative bravery, confidence and sensitivity. Gail specialises in Expressive Body, Embodied Communication and Transformation

Creative Collaborations

As a professional performer, Gail Sixsmith has garnered many years of experience. Brainstorming creative, new ideas with collaborators and clients, Gail has forged a reputation for creating distinctive arresting visceral performance. Her experience spans work with; large-scale companies (RSC, Manchester Royal Exchange, Coventry Belgrade, Young Vic, BBC), experimental cutting edge new writers and performance makers and global touring ensemble TNT. Her professional career began with the creation of theatre ensemble Might & Main Productions. Might & Main's unique brand of Physical Performance in the Poor tradition attracted a cult following in the early 90's and successfully secured Arts Council and London Arts Board funding. Might & Main was part of a seminal thriving arts scene in London championing work that was multidisciplinary and collaboratively authored. Accredited with "Raw, dangerous energy" by the Guardian and "Extraordinary powers of Mime", Might & Main toured their devised productions in the UK and Poland.

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CREDITS

 

Wolf of Wall Street  IMMERSIVE THEATRE  (Hartshorn Hook Productions)

August 2019 - January 2020

A high energy Immersive site specific production. (COLLABORATOR and PERFORMER playing Mad Max, Forger, Broker)

Alpha Who?  THEATRE  (Matt Franco Collective)

April 2018 - August 2019

Creative collaboration with Matt Franco. A dynamic, intensively visual and physical one man show developed in Berlin and premiered at the Cockpit, London. (DIRECTOR & DRAMATURG)

The Neath, The Wild Hunt  IMMERSIVE THEATRE  (Dir. Deirdre McLaughlin / The Vaults)

February 2017

Award winning ritualised immersive production. (MOVEMENT DIRECTOR)

The Space - Theatre of Survival  FILM  (Dir. Mark Street / Dan Poole)

April 2017 - Released April 2019

A documentary film about The Space in South Africa; a ground breaking safe space in 1972 championing all freedoms; artistic, social and political. (MOVEMENT CONSULTANT and PERFORMER playing Clytemnestra)

Wolfblood Series 4 & 5  TV  (BBC)

2015 - 2016

Wolf Trainer for lead characters and Wild Wolfblood Pack. (MOVEMENT CONSULTANT / WOLF TRAINER and PERFORMER playing Wild Warrior Wolf)

The Tempest  SITE SPECIFIC THEATRE  (Butterfly Theatre Company)

July - August 2015

Specially adapted for an art installation in Leigh Woods, Bristol. (MOVEMENT DIRECTOR and PERFORMER playing Ariel)

Dark Clowns  SHORT FILM  (Dir. Wayne Yip)

June 2015

A surreal black comedy commissioned for ArtsEd undergraduates (SCREEN WRITER)

Peter Pan  THEATRE  (German Tour / Art Promotion)

Jan - March 2015

Collaboration with Composer Paul Flush. New version by Paul Stebbings. (DIRECTOR & DRAMATURG)

Foretold FEATURE FILM SCRIPT (Awarded 'Best Screenplay' London Greek Film Festival)

November 2014

An epic psychological thriller, Foretold is Gail's first Feature Screenplay (SCREEN WRITER)

Dark Matter  ART HOUSE FILM  (Creator. Gail Sixsmith)

2012 - 13

A twisted dark visual poem,  Dark Matter - a story of Lady Macbeth is a labour of love and a very personal response to this flawed and powerful heroine. Original score by international Jazz composer: Paul Flush (PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, PERFORMER

To watch the full version visit: www.vimeo.com/gailsixsmith/darkmatter

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Money or Your Soul  TV DOCUMENTARY PILOT  (Dir. Kerry Ribchester)

May 2013

Cuban stories. (NARRATOR)

Macbeth  THEATRE  (TNT / European Tour)

March 2013

Revival Production (PERFORMER playing Lady Macbeth, Son of Macduff,  Witch)

MA Screenwriting

Jan 2011 - June 2012

Writing original screenplays, short format, feature and TV pilot. (SCREEN WRITER)

Casting Consultant for TNT Theatre

December 2010

Assisting Paul Stebbings with casting for 2011 season on International Touring (CASTING ASSISTANT)

Macbeth  THEATRE  (TNT Tour / Israel, Turkey)

October - November 2010

Revival Production. (PERFORMER playing Lady Macbeth, Son of Macduff, Witch)

Macbeth  THEATRE  (TNT Tour / China, Thailand, Singapore, Australia)

February - May 2010

Revival Production. (WORKSHOP LEADER & PERFORMER playing Lady Macbeth, Son of Macduff, Witch)

Mistero Buffo   THEATRE  (Courtyard Theatre / Think Tank)

July - August 2009

Dario Fo's Madcap Production (CO-CREATOR & PERFORMER playing Mad Woman, Death and Virgin Mary)

Good Morning Lenin  DOCUMENTARY (Dir. Konrad Szolasjski / ZK Studio, Poland)

August 2008

Featuring as myself

Crusty Pie  LIVE RADIO (Resonance fm / Holy Mountain)

September 2007

PERFORMER playing Belle

Macbeth  THEATRE (TNT Tour / Asia and Central Americas)

August - September 2007

Revival Production

The Crazy Locomotive  LIVE RADIO (Resonance fm / Holy Mountain)

September 2006

PERFORMER playing Julia

Romeo & Juliet  THEATRE  (TNT's Tour of Malta and Asia)

January - March 2005

PERFORMER playing Nurse 

Rumplestiltskin  THEATRE  (Coventry Belgrade)

February - April 2004

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR & PERFORMER playing Goblin Queen

Earlier Credits include work with:

1989 - 2004

Noho Theatre Co (Akira Matsui, Japan) / Royal Shakespeare Company (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe & The Winter's Tale) / Manchester Royal Exchange (Animal Crackers) / Young Vic (Primitive Science & Louder Than Words) / TNT (Lord of the Flies, World Tour) / High Time Productions (The Changeling, Feature Film) / Purcell Rooms (Epilum, Dance Theatre and Might & Main (5 Productions including Man of Straw, Sin and Touched - extraordinary Tales of Madness)

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Lecturer in Movement and Theatre Making  (LCM, University of West London)

September 2019 - June 2020

Levels 4 & 5 BA Acting (COACH & TUTOR)

Decoding Leadership for a Changing World  (BC4 Leaders / Virtual Summit)

June 2020

Collaborative Virtual Summit covering crucial issues for Business Leaders. Title presentation: Why the Body Matters. (CO-HOST & PRESENTER)

Head of Movement (ArtsEd)

September 2017 - June 2019

Leading Physical Practice and Movement with BA MT, BA Acting and MA Acting. Auditioning. Show support. Directing. Head of Department. Head of second Year. (COACH & TUTOR)

Physical Practice, Movement Tutor & Project Director  (ArtsEd)

September 2011 - July 2017

Rewrite new Physical Practice Curriculum for BA & MA Acting courses. Continue teaching BA Musical Theatre. (COACH & TUTOR)

Lecturer in Movement  (LCM, University of West London)

September 2016 - June 2017

Levels 4 & 5 BA Acting students (COACH & TUTOR)

Wolfblood Series 4 & 5  TV  (BBC)

2015 - 2016

Wolf Trainer for lead characters and Wild Wolfblood Pack. (MOVEMENT CONSULTANT / WOLF TRAINER)

Movement Tutor (Met Film School)

April - July 2014

Movement for Screen (COACH & TUTOR)

Workshop Leader  (Hand in Hand Theatre, Liverpool)

July 2014

2 days of workshops (ACTING & MOVEMENT COACH)

Hamlet  THEATRE  (Dir. Nick Humphrey, Butterfly / Germany)

October 2014

MOVEMENT CONSULTANT

Macbeth  THEATRE  (TNT Tour / China, Thailand, Singapore, Australia)

February - May 2010

Revival Production. (WORKSHOP LEADER)

Physical Theatre, Movement Tutor & Project Director (ArtsEd)

June 2007 - July 2011

Freelance role teaching BA MT and BA Acting. Additional coaching for Summer School courses. (COACH / TUTOR)

Movement Tutor (Central School of Speech and Drama)

June 2007 - July 2011

HPL - MA Acting for Screen and MA Musical Theatre (COACH & TUTOR)

Additional Teaching and Workshops

1989 - 2007

  • Various schools: Dubai, Singapore & Japan

  • Labyrinth Greek Drama Project (Crete, World Spirit)

  • Royal Shakespeare Company 

  • Sacred Journeys Yoga Retreats -'Intention Work' (Co-Founder & Creative Director)

  • Holborn Centre for Performing Arts

  • Lesson One Language School

  • Young Vic Summer School

  • De Montford University

  • Brunel University

  • Oxford University (Might & Main)

  • Middlesex Poly (Might & Main)

  • Chester College (Might & Main)

  • Various Mental Health Centres in Outer London (Might & Main)

  • London Connection (Homeless Young People - Might & Main)

  • Various Schools in Outer London (Might & Main)

Contact

Gail Sixsmith is always on the lookout for new projects and collaborations.

She also coaches Expressive Body and Embodied Communication. 

For more information, do not hesitate to

get in touch.

Kennington, London

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