Struan Leslie is a movement based theatre maker working as a director, movement director and choreographer.
He established the first movement department at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2009 and was Head of Movement until 2013. He assumed this position after 25 years' freelancing in all areas and applications of the principles of dance, theatre and performance. His praxis is underpinned by a pedagogy which facilitates kinetic engagement, learning and communication, in both performance training and general education.
Since resuming his freelance career his work in theatre and opera includes Waiting for Godot at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, The Hook, the world premiere of Arthur Miller’s play for the screen, Tale of Two Cities both Royal and Derngate, Owen Wingrave, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh International Festivals, Regeneration national tour, A Life of Galileo, Birmingham Rep and tour. He has been artist-in-residence at Oxford University, UK and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Christopher Newport University, Virginia and Willamette University Salem, Oregon, USA.
He has also directed number of circus based productions; #asuittotravelin for Paul Smith/Aboud Creatives in London, Paris and Tokyo and a subsequent world tour, Hop(e) and the Silver Anniversary Gala Programme for the National Centre for Circus Arts. In 2015 he devised and created My Case is Altered, a one woman show for actor Lisa Gaye Dixon in the USA, for premiere in Oregon this Autumn. The piece is the premiere work for his company, Twenty-First Century Chorus.
Struan’s work has been produced by major producing houses in the UK, Europe and North America. He has collaborated widely with directors including, Katie Mitchell, Neil Bartlett, Michael Boyd, Gregory Doran, Roxanna Silbert, Nick Hytner, Philip Howard, Nicholas Broadhurst. Struan regularly leads classes, workshops and master classes at theatre, dance and music conservatoires. He also mentors and provides dramaturgical input for emerging artists and practitioners and their work at all stages of their careers.
Currently Struan is involved in the preparation and delivery of a number of projects which reflect his breadth as an artist and teacher:
• Illuminations, a commission for Aldeburgh Music Festival 2016 with the Aurora Orchestra, soprano Sarah Tynan and an ensemble of circus artists;
• R&D with New York theatre company Split Britches at the Barbican in London;
• devising a new theatre work based on the forms, structures and narratives of Pibroch, the ‘classical’ Scottish Bagpipe Form;
• movement directing Edward's Boys in a production of Beaumont’s, rarely performed, The Woman Hater;
• reviving A Tale of Two Cities, Directed by James Dacre, from its run at Northampton Royal and Derngate, for a national tour;
• writing an essay for a collection on choreography and movement in Shakespeare;
• teaching an intensive in physical theatre at Trinity Laban conservatoire;
• teaching masterclasses at Rose Bruford College.