Philip J. Grant is an educator and writer from the Midlands UK. Born in Staffordshire, he has since lived in the North-West and Somerset. He now lives in Leicestershire with his wife and four children, and has not slept since 2002. In his spare time he likes running, video games and running in video games.
Philip has performed and directed with his own company and others as well as writing plays that have included the Mortality of Herakles, The Four Exquisite Rings and Night & Day. He has taught in colleges and universities as well as private workshops and currently runs a Creative Arts department at a large institute in Birmingham, where he also teaches Acting, Media and Communication to students and professional development to teachers.
After his first class degree in Contemporary Performing Arts at the University of Central Lancashire, Philip has since studied Post-Compulsory Education at Derby University, Performance Practice at Chester University and Professional Writing at Falmouth University.
Philip wrote his first dissertation on yoga and martial arts as an actor training tool and has since developed his knowledge of these practices and how they relate to the western world and it's issues. This led to an interest in mythology and religion which also informs much of his work. Current work is focussed on historical and current actor training methods and how they can be applied to other areas of work and life - especially for non-actors.
The Aspiring Director
Aspiring director and writer Ethan talks about how he got on to the gifted and talented programme at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the other benefits of Playing the Actor training
The Retail Supervisor
Hayley talks about the importance of teamwork and how yoga and meditation can help, even in the world of retail!
The Sailing Restaurant Manager
Restaurant manager and sailing instructor Sam talks to you from the mountain tops about how she took her skills onto amazing things all over Europe
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Abby, Retail Supervisor, Reading
Phil's classes have helped me interpret body language and communication, something you need to pick up on in retail. I have gone on to train staff on how to portray themselves in certain situations.
Bethan, Entertainment Manager, Paignton
Phil's classes taught me how to work with improvisation - which these days really helps in every day life - from meeting new people, to communicating with old. At a group seminar I won't be afraid to join in and I can now have the confidence to approach someone, with improvisation in mind, and get to know them by starting that all important first question of a conversation.
Amy, Yoga Teacher, Nottingham
I used to be under-confident and found it difficult to believe in my own ability. Since taking part in Phil's classes (which is where I found my love of yoga) he has helped me to develop and connect with my inner-self and become a confident and successful teacher.
Hayley, Retail Manager, Plymouth
It's not just a book for actors or would be actors it's a book for everyone who has an interest or desire to develop their lives through the medium of 'play'.
Sylvia, Course Leader BA Hons Musical Theatre and BA Hons Dance, Bath Spa University
Phil is a very experienced practitioner, director and educator who continuously delivers outstanding practice with attention to detail and a very diverse and personal approach. I would highly recommend him for his methodologies and skilled approach to performance practice as well as teaching.”
Allie, Primary School Teacher, Birmingham
Phil taught us how to connect our physicality and emotional state to make our acting authentic. It has helped me invest my whole being into every "role" I have played.
Chloe, Education Worker, Bristol
Working with vulnerable and challenging young people isn't easy, so by using breathing and relaxation techniques that Phil taught me in the two years I worked with him, it helps me and the student, to get back to the moment at hand and subsequently, to the root of the problem in a calm and controlled way.
Jo, Music Teacher, Weston-super-Mare
The lectures on body language were very beneficial as it has helped me to see which children are engaged, especially EAL children as communication through speech can sometimes be difficult so knowing how to read body language is very useful, especially when one of the schools I worked in had over 60% of children with English as their second language