Marc Proulx trained at the National Canadian School of Circus and has a degree in Fine Arts. After a long career in circus, opera, dance theatre and arts installations he has taught for over 20 years in top national circus and theatre school, such as the National Theatre of Strasbourg where he is a core teacher.
His research in the field of acting training led him to develop many physical tools using floor work, stick work, mask work and other devices as a mean to free the actors imagination and movement.
Marc has been a visiting movement teacher at Fonact for the last two years. His work has exposed the students to a high level of expertise allowing them to understand movement and space with the aim to increase their physical awareness and maturity
Thomas Dufrien, (Physical Training)
Thomas, graduated from the French National University for Sports Studies and Development in 2005. He has been a personal trainer and fitness coach for the last 10 years, Thomas has trained hundreds of people to help them achieve their physical goals. He has been a member of the French Boxing Federation for over 9 years. His holistic approach engulfs all aspect of life including, nutrition, recovery, and tailored training plans.
He joined the Fonact staff 3 years ago and has injected his values into the core of our students training, pushing them to their limits in a safe environment enabling them to gain a real sense of confidence. Joy, work, rigor, intensity, cohesion, persistence, pleasure… are some of the ingredients of Thomas' work with our students.
Nina Paavola, (Pilates)
A former professional dancer, Nina found in Pilates the fluidity of the movement she loved so much during her career. Nina conveys her admiration of the method through her teaching, while respecting the singularity of each individual client. By developing consciousness through the body and its movements, the emerging sensations increase the understanding of the practice and of oneself. She is a certified Pilates instructor and a licensed Pilates teacher trainer (2013) The Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado, USA. She draws upon many influences in her teaching, including her in-depth trainings in Craniosacral Therapy, Rolfing and Functional Range Conditioning.
Leah holds a BA in acting from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has returned to The Guildhall to undertake a Master’s Degree in Training Actors in Movement. In her career as an actress she has worked with many renowned companies and directors in Theatre, TV and Film. Leah's theatre credits include: 'Sister' in The Girl on the Sofa directed by Thomas Ostermeier for Edinburgh International Festival and 'Eve' in Paradise Lost for director Rupert Jones. Leah was an Olivier Award nominee for her performance as the 'Stepdaughter' in Six Characters in Search of an Author directed by Richard Jones at The Young Vic, London. She has also performed with Frantic Assembly in Mark Ravenhill’s Pool (no water).
As a collaborator and performer Leah has devised and performed with Irish based Animated State Dance Theatre Company who embrace a multidisciplinary approach to performance. Leah has taught movement on the Preliminary Acting Course at Guildhall and as assistant director and movement teacher for the Guildhall Summer School. She has worked at RADA as an assistant movement director and taught at Drama Centre, London. She was also a co-workshop facilitator at ‘Prima del Theatro’, European School for the Art of the Actor, in Italy (2015).
Wendy trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She held the post of Head of Movement at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 25 years and is a founder member of L'Oltrarno, Acting School in Florence. Other teaching credits include: Colorado College USA, Conservatoire Stratford Ontario, Canada, Penn State summer schools, Laboratorio Internationale Teatro Degli Astrussi in Montalcino/St Mineato, l'Accademia SilviovD’Amico, Rome, LAMDA, Colby London Programme, BESG and BADA.
Wendy has worked extensively as an actress, including West End, RSC, repertory theatre and tours across the USA, UK and Sweden. She is best known as Jennifer, Ronnie Corbett’s fiancé in Sorry, and Wendy, the ex-wife in Dear John. Other TV includes The Regiment, Rough Justice, Juliet Bravo, The Bill and many others.
Her film credits include: Oh What a Lovely War, When Eight Bells Toll, Tales from Beyond the Grave, All Coppers Are, Priest of Love, Wuthering Heights, and Il Rosario.
Movement Director: Sky TV’s Fungus the Bogeyman (2016), BBC's Walking with Cavemen, and The Iceman Murderer. Wendy has been the Master of Movement at Shakespeare's Globe 1st season and recently Henry V1 parts 1, 2 and 3. Revival choreographer for Welsh national Opera's Magic Flute, (Out of Joint / RNT) She Stoops to Conquer and A Laughing Matter, Romeo and Juliet & Private Lives (Mercury) Brothers Karamazov, Maybe and Private Lives (Manchester Royal Exchange) India Song (Clywd), Goliath, Voyage in The Dark, and A Wedding Story (Sphinx).
Directing: Mozart Project Live and Leave My Hair Alone. Wendy has also directed numerous internal drama school projects with,1st, 2nd and 3rd year productions at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Tom trained at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and television with numerous highly regarded directors such as Mike Bradwell, Declan Donnellan, Owen Horsley, Ned Bennet and Michael Winterbottom. Theatre includes: DNA (Hull Truck), Outside On The Street (Pleasance/Arcola), Solid Air (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Shakespeare in Love (West End), POSH (Nottingham/Salisbury Playhouse), Buggy Baby (The Yard). Television credits include: And Then There Were None (BBC) Doctors (BBC) and The Trip To Spain (Sky Atlantic). He has also recorded numerous audiobooks and voiceovers.
Tom has a particular passion for movement and has worked as a movement director in both theatre and film, most recently on the feature film ‘Patients of A Saint’ in which he also performed. Tom works in the Guildhall audition process and is a qualified massage therapist.
Fabienne (RNCP certified relaxologist-sophrologist and certified hypnotherapist) aims to strengthen the mental tools necessary for the practice of the dramatic art, for example: management of stress and the emotions, development of concentration, deep energy, confidence in self, inner calm and memorisation.
Her work puts into practice the fundamental techniques of breathing and awareness of one's body by anchoring and evacuating physical and psychic tensions.It is enriched by the 'Practice of Attention' to learn to focus on oneself, to listen to your emotions and feelings and to provide the right answer, at the right time, in any situation.Specifically, the proposed exercises are designed to control the sympathetic nervous system and its cortisol (stress hormone) and switch to its parasympathetic nervous system to control its respiratory and adrenal system, blood circulation and deep energy.
These exercises are based on dynamic breathing (breath + movement), muscle contraction / relaxation, activation of visual / auditory concentration, and positive visualisation.