Ivan Andrade is a Catalan playwright and director who holds a degree in Microelectronic Engineering from University Autonoma of Barcelona, and a Master’s Degree in Dramaturgy and Playwriting from the Royal Holloway University of London.
As an actor, Ivan worked for more than 12 years in theatre, cinema and television. His playwriting and directing career begun in 2013 with several adaptations and small pieces that brought him to found in 2015 The Amateurs Company with the objective of producing their own inter-disciplinary small and medium size shows, in Spain and the UK.
While developing his career as an actor, Mr Andrade became very interested in bodily conscience and began to research different techniques. This research led him to study theGrinberg Method, a discipline that facilitates the development of one’s body attention and awareness. Ivan’s work with actors is focused on developing a new training method called The Conscious Bodythat addresses the different somatic experiences of the performer. This training has allowed him to teach and research in London, Australia or Taiwan, with professional companies and funded by public institutions.
He advocates for the development of the performer’s physicality through acknowledging and embodying the energy/excitement/fear that arouses in front of an audience as a way to achieve an enhanced state of performance, a sort of permeability that allows the performer to perceive and respond to the fictional reality with a high level of presence and creativity.
As a director, Mr Andrade has been awarded the studentship Fundación SGAE 2014 for the development of International Studies. As a playwright, his play Russians won the contest Entreactum in 2014, and the Premi Arsènicin 2015. His last play Elysium was longlisted for the Bruntwood Award of Playwriting 2017 and the Emerge Award 2017, both from the UK.