Leigh Tredger

Theatre & Performance Lecturer

Professional Biography

Leigh began her training at the University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) as an actress, dancer and director. She joined Phenduka Dance Theatre, training in African (Zulu) contemporary dance and choreography.

In 2005, she moved to London and started working extensively within the ambit of physical and devised theatre, new writing, as well as directing traditional realist plays. Theatre directing credits include: Kafka v Kafka, Peer Gynt, The Libertine, Meaning of LOL, Three Nights, Rainshark, Faust is Dead, De Sade’s Tree and Electra. In 2012, Leigh completed an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths University, achieving a distinction. Her practice-based research focused on scenography, site–specific performance and devised theatre. Since graduating, Leigh has collaborated in performance projects for the Battersea Arts Centre and The Doodle Bar.

Whilst at Regent’s University, Leigh conducted practice-based research in ‘Martial Acting’ (2012), ‘Puppetry’ (2013), ‘Shadow Puppetry’ (2014) and ‘Puppetry Animation’ (2016). In 2018 she worked with alumni and current students to devise an original performance piece called 00:00 (Zero Hour). It was performed at the ‘From the Forest Festival’ and is undergoing a process of research and development.

Qualifications

  • PGCHE - Regent's University London
  • MA Performance Making (Distinction) – Goldsmiths, University of London
  • BA (Honours) Music and Performance (cum laude) – University of ZwaZulu Natal

Relevant Past Employment

Teaching:

  • 2011- 2020 - Regent’s University London – Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
  • 2011-12 - Lost Theatre, London - Youth Theatre Facilitator
  • 2009-12 - Polka Theatre, London - Zulu Storytelling and Puppetry Performer and Facilitator 2009-11 - Stonecrabs Theatre, London - Youth Theatre and Directing Facilitator
  • 2009 - Old Vic Theatre, London - Old Vic Production Facilitator
  • 2006-10 - Maximum Dance Design, London - Zulu Dance and Storytelling Tutor
  • 2006 - Stagedoor Manor, New York -Zulu Dance Tutor
  • 2005-08 - Shakespeare 4 Kidz, United Kingdom -Shakespeare Facilitator
  • 2004 - Phenduka Dance Theatre, South Africa - Zulu Dance Outreach Facilitator
  • 2003 - University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa -Acting and Movement Lecturer


Directing: 

  • 2018 – From the Forest Theatre – 00:00 (Zero Hour) (Devised)
  • 2014 - Regent’s University London – Eurydice (New writing)
  • 2012 - Nameless Theatre, London - Kafka v Kafka (New Writing) 2010 - Lost Theatre, London - Peer Gynt (Classical)
  • 2009 - Rosemary Branch Theatre, London - The Meaning of LOL (New Writing)
  • 2009 - New End Theatre, London - Home (New Writing) 2009 - The Albany, London - 00:13:00 (Devised)
  • 2008 - The Albany, London - Faust is Dead (Stage Reading)
  • 2008 - Baxter Theatre, Cape Town - Three Nights (New Writing)
  • 2007 - Rosemary Branch Theatre, London - Rainshark (South African Comedy) 2007 - Cockpit Theatre, London - Three Nights (New Writing)
  • 2007 - Barons Court Theatre, London - De Sade’s Tree (New Writing) 2005 - Landor Theatre, London - lectra (Classical)
  • 2005 Lost Theatre, London - Blissfully Minding Madness(Physical)

     

Movement Directing

  • 2019 – Tower Theatre, London – Dracula (Adaptation)
  • 2013 - Nameless Theatre, London – Trojan Woman (Classical)
  • 2012 - School of Film, Media and Performance, London -Masque of the Red Death (Site-based)
  • 2012 - School of Film, Media and Performance, London - Rhinoceros (Absurdist)
  • 2011 - School of Film, Media and Performance, London -Fuente Ovejuna (Spanish Adaptation)
  • 2011 - School of Film, Media and Performance, London - Agamemnon (Classical Adaptation)
  • 2011 - Stonecrabs Theatre, London - Queen Pokou (Physical) 2011 - Lost Theatre, London - M.U.D (New Writing)
  • 2010 - Bridewell Theatre, London - The Libertine (Physical)

Other Outputs

‘Shadow Puppetry’ research with BA1 Acting and Global Theatre students and Foundation Acting students (Summer 2014)

‘Puppetry’ research with BA1 Acting and Global Theatre students (Summer 2013)

‘Martial Acting’ with BA1 Acting and Global Theatre students (Summer 2012)

Conference Papers Given

  • Paper on ‘Martial Acting’ at the Contemporary Ethnography and Traditional Performance Conference (Chester University) in July 2012
  • Paper on ‘White Face, White Mask’ at the Colloquium of Performance Research(Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) in January 2013
  • Paper on ‘Cross-cultural Adoption’ at the Collaboration II conference (Middlesex University) in May 2013

Research Interests

  • Physical and movement theatre
  • African popular performance
  • Directing
  • Scenography
  • Site-specific performance
  • Puppetry
  • Mask work

Grants Awarded

  • MA funding of £500 from Goldsmiths University of London

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Course Development

Teaching:

  • Animation (Paper Cinema) 
  • Puppetry (Handspring Puppet Company, Little Angel Theatre, Puppet Centre Trust)
  • Corde lisse/acrobatics (Circus Space)
  • Commedia dell'Arte/physical comedy (Told by an Idiot)
  • Directing (StoneCrabs Theatre)
  • Jembe drumming (Nzinga Dance)

Course development:

  • BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen on the modules Introduction to Performance Making, Developing Performance Making and Solo Performance Making