Thomas Prattki

Thomas PrattkiThomas Prattki is the founder, director and one of the lead teachers at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA).  Formerly he was pedagogical director of the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre (Ecole Jacques Lecoq) in Paris where he taught for almost a decade.  While a student at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq he attained the pedagogical training program diploma as well as following the course in scenography (Laboratoire d’Etude de Mouvement).

After his graduation he joined the Swiss-based theatre company, Mummenschanz and performed with them in various venues around the globe for several years.  His interest in a more holistic approach to creative expression led him to continue his studies at the Durckheim Centre in Rutte, Germany.  When he was asked to become a teacher at the Jacques Lecoq School, he returned to Paris.  After the death of Jacques Lecoq, he became the pedagogical director of the school.

He has toured the world as a guest teacher, giving lectures, workshops and master classes in over 25 countries.  He also collaborated with Simon Murray in writing a new book, “Jacques LeCoq” about the pedagogy of Monsieur LeCoq.  In the autumn of 2003, Thomas Prattki opened the London International School of Performing Arts, a centre of theatre research and innovation. It’s aim is to promote the creation of the theatre of tomorrow. His work there is to lead theatre makers and performers in the discovery of their individual artistic paths, and to nurture and stimulate students’ creative potential. The school equips students to participate fully in the diverse world of today’s performing arts, and appeals to those committed to the creation of their own work. The journey which the school offers students is both poetic and practical, integrating a deep curiosity for life with a passion for theatre.

On being an artist Mr. Prattki observes:

“The vision to be an artist reflects the desire to feel the movement of life around and within us. This is why we place the dynamics of life at the very center of our interest – in order to gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in. I hope to foster in students those qualities which they will need most in order to find their place as artists in the performing world: a never ending curiosity in life as it is; a strong vision of life as it could be; and a fully alive body through which to express creative vision.”

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