The ethics of embodiment: actor training and habitual vulnerability | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1757-1979
  • E-ISSN: 1757-1987


Students of acting and their teachers profoundly each other and each other, through their embodied interactions, within the institutional processes of actor training. Yet this embodied formation requires appropriate and sustainable ethical training practices. Such practices are lacking as evidenced by both the potential for and actual accounts of misuse of power by teachers over students in a highly intimate and vulnerable context of learning, exploration and risk-taking. Ethical values of respect, merit and integrity; justice and beneficence need to be considered in discussions and policy development of teaching and learning practices in acting schools. Ethical and sustainable practices built in training will flow through to ethical and sustainable practices in actor employment.


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