Saturday, January 23, 2016

Deborah Leveroy: Dyslexia and Acting Coaching, Training & Research for the Performing Arts

Dyslexia and Acting 

As a Dyslexia and Acting tutor, I work at the Actors Centre, Actors Guild (supported by Equity), Arts Educational Schools and the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts (ALRA). I also see clients privately.

I work one-to-one with drama-school students and actors, and with a variety of Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Visual Stress and ADHD. 

My approach is learner-centred and multi-sensory. I work with each actor to develop an individual learning plan, based on discussion and/or the diagnostic report and needs assessment if available.

The aim is to enable the actor to recognise and develop their strengths and apply strategies to combat areas of difficulty; thereby removing barriers to learning and professional development.  Strategies are tailor-made to develop and support the working actor's skills and confidence.

Dyslexia and Acting strategies address:

  • short and long-term memory
  • line-learning
  • organisation
  • oral and written communication/presentation skills
  • audition and interview technique
  • linear vs non linear thought
  • reading and comprehension
  • text analysis
  • visual stress
  • sensory-overload
  • sight-reading
  • concentration and focus
  • spatial awareness and orientation
  • fine and gross motor skills
  • self-esteem and confidence (among others)

I use a variety of methods, from learning style theory, dyslexia study skills, reading theory, mindfulness and actor training methods. I also run Dyslexia & Acting group sessions at the Actors Centre.

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