• Rick Kemp in The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. 404 Strand/Le Comité des Fêtes at the Theâtre Bouffes du Nord, Paris . Photographer: Arnault

  • Rick Kemp in e-lectricity at The Pittsburgh Playhouse. Photographer Steffi Mayer-Staley

Rick Kemp

Rick Kemp (aka Rick Zoltowski) has over thirty years of international experience as an actor and director, and is the author of Embodied Acting: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Performance (Routledge 2012) and the co-editor and author of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq.

Originally from London, Rick’s awards include the Institut Français Award for Theatre and the 2004 Heinz Endowments Creative Heights Award. He has appeared at theatres such as London’s Almeida, BAC, Cockpit, Riverside Studios, Soho, Tricycle, and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, Toronto’s Harbourfront, New York’s Perry St. Theatre, Madrid’s Círculo de Bellas Artes, and the Bouffes du Nord in Paris, toured his solo clown show Coming Home internationally, and worked with companies such as Complicite, Moving Parts, the Oxford Playhouse, and the 1982 Co. As the co-founder and joint Artistic Director of London’s Commotion Theatre Company, he devised and performed seven shows, receiving multiple Critics Choice accolades from The Guardian and Time Out London, and the British Telecom Innovations Award.

In the USA, directing credits include Hamlet and Riddley Walker for The Pittsburgh Playhouse, his own play, Shrew, and The Comedy of Errors for the Unseam’d Shakespeare Company, six multi-media productions for Squonk Opera (Inferno, Rodeo Smackdown, Astrorama, Pittsburgh the Opera, Mayhem and Majesty, and Go Roadshow) and premieres of new plays by Anna Moench (In Quietness) and Caridad Svich (The Monster in the Garden). He has performed in numerous productions for Quantum Theatre, and with 404 Strand devised and performed The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Museum of Desire, and faustUS.

He has taught at leading universities and drama schools worldwide, including London’s Rose Bruford College, Mountview Theatre Conservatory, and Central School of Speech and Drama, and the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in the USA. He is currently the Head of Acting and Directing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Following the publication of Embodied Acting, Rick has been invited to speak and guest teach at numerous institutions around the world, including Cambridge University’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), The Helsinki Theatre Arts Academy, The International Platform for Performer Training in Zurich, the Performance, Art, Critique, Experimentation (PACE) Conference at London’s University of the Arts, Oxford University’s Cognitive Futures Conference, and The Salzburg Global Seminar on Neuroscience and Art.