Robert Reid is a director based in Montreal. He teaches mainly performance/acting, stage/theatre directing and the translation of text analysis into stage dynamics. He is the co-supervisor of the Acting for the Theatre (ACTT) program at Concordia.
His artistic work and his research focuses on the links between ancient or traditional forms and contemporary stage practices; and more recently on experiments around the common and new forms of “popular performances”. His past and current artistic projects involve works by Le Groupe de poésie moderne, Edward Bond (The War Plays), John Mighton (Body and Soul), Witold Gombrowich (Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne), Tankred Dorst (Fernando Krapp m’a écrit cette lettre), Roland Schimlepfennig (Arabian nights),Martin Crimp (Face au mur), Eduardo de Filippo (l’Art de la comédie). He also collaborated on various devised projects involving Beijing opera and Western Theatre.
Influenced in his research and practice by the work of V. Meyerhold, he’s been a long time student of Gennadi Bogdanov. Considered in Canada as a specialist of the use of Theatrical Biomechanics in contemporary performances, he created in 2017 an international research group that focuses on this topic in collaboration with l’université Grenoble-Alpes (France), MicroTeatro (Italy) and Mime Centrum (Germany). He published various articles on this subject,was editor of an issue of L’Annuaire Théâtral on “La tradition et le contemporain”. He also occasionally translated plays.
Robert Reid gave lectures and workshops at various international institutions. Among them L’ÉcoleNational Supérieure (Paris), Università di Bologna, The National Academy ofChinese Theatre Arts -NACTA- (Beijing), TheCentral Academy of Drama (Beijing), l’université Grenoble-Alpes (France) and l’université Laval (Québec).