Paul Allain is Professor of Theatre and Performance and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, where he has been based since 2000.
He collaborated with the Gardzienice Theatre Association of Poland from 1989 to 1993 leading to his book Gardzienice: Polish Theatre in Transition (1997). He co-edited the Cambridge Companion to Chekhov (2000) and his book The Art of Stillness: The Theatre Practice of Tadashi Suzuki was published by Methuen (2002) and Palgrave Macmillan, USA (2003). In 2009 a new edition was released with DVD. Routledge published his Companion to Theatre and Performance, co-written with Jen Harvie, in early 2006 with an expanded second edition in 2014. This book provides the basic framework for the Routledge Performance Archive where he has published several films and commentaries. Paul’s research has focused on actor training and Polish theatre, particularly the legacy of Jerzy Grotowski through the AHRC-funded British Grotowski Project. This culminated in an international conference and a series of publications, including Ludwik Flaszen’s Grotowski and Company (as editor) and Zbigniew Cynkutis’s Acting with Grotowski (Routledge, 2015). In 2009 he received an award for services to Polish culture from the Polish government. In 2015 he was appointed Research Mentor for the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama which comprises institutions specialising in circus, dance and theatre. He has been involved in several digital training projects, of which his latest one, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is for Methuen Drama Bloomsbury’s Drama Online platform, titled ‘Physical Actor Training – an online A-Z’. It contains over 50 films of training and will be supported by the website The Digital Performer.