Public examination of Hannu Tuisku's doctoral research

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:00 to 15:00
Theatre Academy, Auditorio 1

Hannu Tuisku’s doctoral research examines the nature and the ethics of embodied pedagogies of acting and considers their use in the continuum from youth theatre education to professional actor training. He investigates the traditions of psychophysical actor training in Finland and elsewhere, and considers their use in youth theatre education. In the light of this thesis there are reasons to seek for alternatives to conventional paradigms of acting in youth theatre education and embodied pedagogies of acting provide such an alternative. At the same time he stresses the importance of delineating workable and applicable terminology for training acting, both in youth theatre education and professional actor training. The traditions of psychophysical actor training provide a basis for the development of embodied pedagogies of acting but there are however aspects in psychophysical training that must be critically and comprehensively considered. The thesis also argues that experiences in the youth theatres and in youth theatre education are important for personal growth.

Knowledge presented in this research has emerged through Tuisku’s own practice as theatre pedagogue and director and through interviews and inquiries, discussions and shared experiences of training with both upper secondary school students, student ac­tors in higher education, and professional actors. Based on this material Tuisku charts the continuum from youth theatre education to the training of professional actors, seldom acknowledged in international literature.

Hannu Tuisku is researcher, theatre pedagogue and director. Since 2008 he has been working on the research project The Actor's Art in Modern Times at the Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. The research project has sought to create a modern, ethically sustainable model for psychophysical actor training based substantially on the teaching of the former professor Jouko Turkka.

The articles of the thesis have been published in international peer-reviewed journals.


Doctoral research Developing embodied pedagogies of acting for youth theatre education − Psychophysical actor training as a source for new openings will be publicly examined (in English) on Friday, February 24th 2017 at 12 o’clock at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Auditorium 1, Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki, Finland). Opponents are PhD, Director, Professor Cecilia Lagerström (University of Gothenburg) and PhD, Professor Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds/PCI). Custos/Monitor of the examination is Professor in Artistic Research Esa Kirkkopelto.

The doctoral research will be displayed 10 days prior to the public examination at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki’s library. The doctoral research is published in the Theatre Academy’s Acta Scenica series. Copies of the book can be bought from the Theatre Academy’s Library on the day of the public examination. One may also order a copy of the book from . A pdf version will be available at