Gian Carlo Rossi

Gian Carlo is the Head of Art at the School of Art, Architecture and Design

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Gian Carlo Rossi

Gian Carlo has worked as a professional lighting designer in contemporary dance and theatre since 1990 with such companies as the Rosemary Butcher Dance Company, Fin Walker, Gill Clarke and the Gandinis and Lightwork. Previous to this he worked extensively in small and middle scale touring on national and international tours with such companies as Eastern Angles, the Traverse Theatre and Teatr Blik in Poland. He has held a number of positions at London Met, as Senior and Principal Lecturer before becoming Head of Art in September 2016. 

Gian Carlo's research interest lies in postmodern spatial practice, an investigation and exploration into the means by which the language of space can open up performance practice. The work draws very much on philosophical and architectural notions of space and the application of this theory to canonical theatrical texts.

He works extensively abroad, regularly visiting the Gdańsk International Shakespeare Festival, directing graduate student productions and leading workshops. He has also led workshops in Poznan, Gyula in Hungary and Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

He is a member of the research centre CreATurE (Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement) at London Met. 

Gian Carlo's area of teaching specialism is drama, theatre and performance and he teaches across a range of disciplines, both theory and practice based, with a focus on the European Avant Garde.

  • Gdańsk 2005, conference paper, The jewel that we find... Shakespeare, Gilles Deleuze and Measure for Measure: Rhizome Theatre as part of the International Summer Academy of Theatre and Drama (Associated partner European Commission: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
  • Measure for Measure (co-directed with Lucy Richardson) Gdańsk International Shakespeare Festival 2005
  • Macbeth Gdańsk International Shakespeare Festival 2006: Ten Years of European Shakespeare in Poland (Associated partner European Commission: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
  • Project Aleph: Vertigo/I live with black people (in collaboration with Lucy Richardson) housed by The Facility at London Metropolitan University in April 2007
  • A Midsummer Night’s Post-Modern Madness – Gdańsk International Shakespeare Festival 2007: Dolne Miasto Rules 11th Shakespeare Festival in Poland (Associated partner European Commission: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
  • More Than A Woman, Gdańsk International Shakespeare Festival 2008 and Gyula Shakespeare Festival 2009
  • Oh that this too too solid flesh… Gdańsk International Shakespeare Festival 2009 Beyond the Stage – new trends in European Theatre(Associated partner European Commission: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency)
  • Workshops: Exploring Shakespeare Through Play Poznan, Ostrava and Gdańsk 2009/2010/2011
  • Workshops: Messing about with Mrozek: Practice-based approaches to modernist texts, Gdansk 2012
  • “Re-cycling/Up-cycling”, co-written chapter with Jacek Ludwig Scarso. Included in KEEFE, J. and ARNTZEN, K. (2020) Staging and Re-Cycling – Retrieving, Reflecting and Re-framing the Archive. London: Routledge

Member of the British Council Venice Fellowships Advisory Group.

Gian Carlo Rossi
Head of Art