Art of Intentional Spontaneity courses are taught by Prof GJ Kalic, assisted by long time collaborator Dr Ian McNish.
GJ Kalic leading AIS workshop at Christ University, Bangalore, India
Actors and other performers benefit from an authentic creative spontaneity that is readily and reliably repeatable and broadly applicable. In response to this need, Prof Gunduz Kalic sought after, created and refined the Art of Intentional Spontaneity approach to actor training over the course of a long career. In so doing, he has coached and taught numerous stage and screen artists, specialising in ‘polishing rough diamonds’.
I've known Gunduz Kalic since the 1960s, when he and I taught together at East l5 Acting School. Gunduz brought technical rigour and reality to East 15 actor training, traits which greatly helped a generation of students make their careers. As an outstanding and inspirational teacher at East 15 he was instrumental in setting many who were to become household names in the UK and beyond on paths to success. Gunduz has [also] done much extraordinary theatrical pioneering internationally, teaching and training actors and other theatre workers in Holland, Canada and Australia...His contribution to the pedagogy of actor and theatre training is considerable.
As head of department, principal lecturer and senior lecturer at drama schools and universities, Prof Kalic has designed and taught a wide range of acting, directing and other theatre and performance classes.
Ian McNish with cast of No Name
Dr Ian McNish is course leader of BA (Hons) Theatre and Drama at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, Wales. Previously he was Subject Leader of Drama at Bath Spa University and manager of Taking Liberties Theatre Company. McNish is a student of the work of Gunduz Kalic of longstanding. More recently, he has taught in Kalic's approach and is an Associate Director of Taking Liberties.
Dr McNish has nearly two decades of experience as a university drama subject / course leader. In those roles, he has overseen many diverse drama modules, including Acting for Camera, Musical Theatre, Stand-up Comedy, Multimedia for Theatre, Theatre and Education, Applied Drama and Professional Practice and Employability. As well, McNish has led and taught a broad range of drama modules including Devised Storytelling, Studio Theatre Production, Performance Project, Theatre History and Contemporary Plays. He has delivered multiple course revalidations and redesigns and served on various university bodies. He has facilitated numerous assessed student theatre festivals, including distinctive themed festivals, taken a number of productions to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including the noteworthy Fred and Rose, and arranged for many touring theatre productions to perform at the university. Recently, in August 2022 and July and Sept 2023, he directed performances of No Name by GJ Kalic. Currently, he is directing Kalic’s Paradise and working on a relaunch of the Cardiff Fringe Festival. McNish took his PhD in Drama at Exeter University. His dissertation, Play or get Played, considered the implications of the theatre of GJ Kalic for ‘performative societies’.