PAMA Webinar Series

Actors Wellbeing

Saturday, 14 October, 2023

Saturday 18 November, 2023

January 20, 2024

March 23, 2024

April 27, 2024


About these Webinars

Five-part Series Occuring Between October 14, 2023 and April 27, 2024

PAMA’s Education Committee is excited to launch a five-part Actors Wellbeing Webinar Series! This exciting series is being curated by Mark Seton, a PAMA Board Member based in Australia, and Alan Powell, based in the UK. Note that each panel will have at least one researcher that presents the issue with evidence, one practitioner and/or educator presenting an intervention i.e. one solution to the issue, an actor with lived experience of both an intervention and/or non intervention. We can’t wait for you to join us!


Under the Spotlight – Research on Actors’ Health and Wellbeing

April 27, 2024

12:00 pm PT
3:00 pm ET
8:00 pm UK
5:00 am Sydney (*28th April)

Acting craft is practically premised around ‘what works’ to achieve a particular result in the actor that makes a connection with an audience. And over the centuries actors (and more recently directors) have played with various ‘technologies of the body’ to see what could bring about the most efficient outcomes, often without addressing whether the ‘techniques’ were sustainable i.e. the technique didn’t create potential trauma or harm to the performer. Now, that actors are feeling empowered to acknowledge burn-out, or ‘emotional hangovers’ or ‘post-dramatic stress’, there needs to be a deeper enquiry into acting processes as to what helps or harms actors as they work through processes of creating meaningful, rewarding and connecting performances.

This panel will explore some of the innovative approaches that have been developed that prioritise actors’  wellbeing, as well as support their vulnerability when developing the emotional narrative of a character.


Alan Powell Moderator (UK), After nearly 20 years directing actors in trauma-based educational narratives for the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (Canada) and six years training in various therapeutic modalities, Alan created Actor Care® to accommodate our new understanding of trauma and how it can and should be informing the acting process and the development of characters. He now supports actors’ resilience and vulnerability in the creative process as an Actor Care Specialist. He works with groups and 1-1 in education and production. Currently, Actor Care forms part of the resilience research at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance in collaboration with London South Bank University in England.

Mark Seton (Australia) Dr Mark Seton is an Honorary Research Associate (Theatre and Performance Studies) at The University of Sydney, Australia. He was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to conduct a study tour of actor training healthcare practices in the UK. Arising from this study, the Equity Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Sydney, initiated an internationally ground-breaking Actors’ Wellbeing Study in 2013. Mark is a Board member of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, and a founding member of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare. He teaches actor wellbeing in several drama schools and also coaches actors, dealing with highly vulnerable and potentially traumatising roles, through the Actors Wellbeing Academy that he has established online.

Sara Lovett (USA) RSMT, is a registered somatic movement therapist, expressive art educator, writer, and performer. She holds a BFA in acting from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Depth Psychology with a somatic emphasis from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she is also pursuing her doctorate. Through an art-based movement practice called Inscaping, Sara’s work with clients focuses on self-inquiry and ritual, on such issues as life transitions and body image. She also works with actors on their self-care as they deal with emotionally challenging roles.

Sara’s Ph.D. research asked the question, does the embodiment practice of Inscaping aid in the self-care of the actor? This research focused on embodiment, movement, self-inquiry, and a ritual walking in and out of character and its impact on actor well-being. Emergent themes were safety, clarity, closure, and resiliency.

Zoë Glen (UK) (she/they)  is a neurodivergent theatre practitioner, actor-trainer and researcher. Her research interests include inclusive practice, neurodiversity and access in actor training; neuroqueer performance and how phenomenology can be used in acting. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Kent, investigating the needs and experiences of autistic student-actors on BA acting programmes.

Dr. Diana Dobreva-Hristova (Bulgaria) is an Existential-analytic counselor, researcher, and somatic practitioner of Emotional Body & Alba Methods. After 17 years working in the field of criminal psychology, profiling, peak performance and stress management in law enforcement, in the last 10 years, Diana has successfully integrated her specific expertise into independent counseling practice and research dedicated to providing creative sensitive counseling of performers and other creative individuals. Her research on the topic: “Existential Fulfilment and Full Human Functioning in Actors” explores the usage of the existential-analytic approach for enhancing psychological well-being, resilience and dealing with acting-related stress of the performers in the context of their unique existential cycle: “Life – Stage – Life”. She is currently conducting a study of the specific counseling needs of young actors and working on a project with the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA) to build a counseling center to support student well-being.

Dr. Denitza Kaprieva (Bulgaria) has different specializations and more than ten years of professional experience in counseling and psychotherapy with adolescents and adults. She is working with young people with high academic and artistic aspirations. Her doctoral dissertation was on the topic “Personality Characteristics and Professional Attitudes among Bulgarian Actors”. This study was the first vast empirical research among Bulgarian actors for around thirty years. Some of the results were published in different scientific articles. A book dedicated to the topic is soon to be in print. In 2023, Denitza Kaprieva presented some of her work results and analyses during two projects in cooperation with the Bulgarian National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA). One of the events targeted NATFA’s students and professors, and the other was part of EMPACT project workshops: “Empathy, Environment and Sustainable Development: What’s the Role of Arts and Artists?”.


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