Investigate the Actor’s Dramaturgy: theatre anthropology and its scientific applications



Actor. Theatre Anthropology. Ethnoscenology. History. Neurosciences


Since the birth of Odin Teatret, Eugenio Barba had in mind the quest into the techniques of the actor and his or her ongoing training to reach optimal levels of stage presence. As a result of such interest, the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) emerged in 1979, giving rise to Theatre Anthropology as a new discipline for the study the fundamentals of acting. This article presents the analysis of the methodological approaches developed by Theatre Anthropology throughout these forty years and its possible connections with other fields of scientific knowledge, highlighting its historiographic, ethnoscenological and neuroscientific applications, for the study of the actor’s pre-expressive principles and the dramaturgical strategies that configure his or her scenic bios.


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Biografia do Autor

Martín Fons Sastre, EScuela Superior de Arte Dramático de las Islas Baleares (ESADIB)

Head of the department of Theater Theory, Academic Secretary and professor at the School of Dramatic Art in the Balearic Islands (ESADIB). Doctor in Theory and History of Art (specializing Performing Arts) with the thesis: Scientific Foundations of the creative process of the actor. Perspectives study. Professor at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). He has participated in international conferences on the theater, publishing various studies and articles on its two lines of research: the contemporary performing arts and the creative process of the actor. He has published books: The creative process of the actor (2009) Actor: from art to science (2013) and Actor and memory. Performing arts, creativity and neuroscience (2016).



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Sastre, M. F. (2022). Investigate the Actor’s Dramaturgy: theatre anthropology and its scientific applications. Revista Brasileira De Estudos Da Presença, 9(3), 01–27. Recuperado de



Odin Teatret, 55 anos