The Exploration with Director Harry Haynes


 Yat Malmgren’s Character Analysis and Movement Psychology, a specialist acting course with director Harry Haynes


In this 8-week specialist acting course director Harry Haynes, will bring the work of Yat Malmgren to 16th’s Melbourne studio. This work is a must for anyone looking to deepen their connection between their inner lives and outer actions on stage or screen.

Yat Malmgren was a once-in-a-generation artist who taught and inspired some of the greatest actors of the modern age with his powerful insight into human expression.

This work is a must for anyone looking to increase their castability and deepen the connection between their inner lives and outer actions on stage or screen.



Combining Carl Jung’s typology (Carl Jung’s psychological analysis) with Stanislavsky’s System Yat was able to bring Rudolf Laban’s life’s work to completion through what he termed ‘character analysis’.

Experientially through a series of practical workshops and lectures, this work puts the actor squarely in their body and spirit and challenges them to find the multitude of characters and attitudes that already exist inside of them.

Actors will explore how Laban’s Motion Factors of WEIGHT, SPACE, TIME and FLOW reveal the Jungian Psychological Mental Factors of SENSING, THINKING, INTUITING and FEELING through gesture, posture and floor work. You will then be introduced to the 6 Inner Attitudes and begin to work on the character type of NEAR.


In the second half of this course, actors will begin to apply this training to a chosen monologue and begin to work with Harry one on one.




Harry Haynes is a Melbourne-based director, educator and researcher. Born in London and raised in Spain he trained at the renowned Drama Centre London. Harry has previously taught at the Drama Centre London, alongside directing many notable productions including at The National Theatre (Julius Caesar 2020, The Changeling 2021), MeatMarket (Woyzeck + Marie 2019), Brunswick Mechanics Institute (Eros and Agape 2021), Siteworks (Electra).

In 2018, he founded ‘The Liminal Space’ a theatre company, whose aim is to create and present narrative storytelling that speaks to (and is informed by) the physical and social communities in which it operates (orbits).

In my 10 years at the Drama Centre as the principal teacher of Character Analysis, Harry stands out as one of very few actors to have grasped this work to such a level. His enthusiasm for the work and his natural inclination to share his knowledge and experience make for a natural teacher.”  Tim Robins former head of character analysis Drama Centre London and NIDA



  • A comprehensive introduction to Yat Malmgren and the history of the work and the power of transformational acting.
  • An exploration of Laban’s working actions and how different expressive qualities can be aroused through the application of the psycho-physical.
  • Find your physical centers and how they are revealed through Carl Jung’s mental factors.
  • Journey into Yat’s Scenario work actors will engage with a process of ‘active imagination’.
  • Actors will gain experience performing solo pieces through the lens of Yat Malmgren’s work.
  • An introduction to the six inner attitudes and their expressive centers and super objectives.
  • You will be challenged with maintaining both their inner world and outer world while playing an action.


16th Street’s intensives and courses provide actors with opportunities to hone their craft in celebrated techniques. We work alongside master teachers and highly trained acting specialists to deliver these unique courses to Melbourne.

This course is ideal for graduates and professional actors looking to expand their acting range, technique and ability further.

A deep dive into the work

Yat Malmgren (1916-2002) was born in Gävle, Sweden. He initially trained as an actor in Sweden but later left to become a soloist dancer and his solo characters were performed all over the globe. He was awarded the gold medal at the concours de la danse in 1939 and was invited by Kurt Jooss to join the Ballets Jooss in Dartington Hall, England. It was here he first met Rudolf Laban. During the war he toured the world with the Ballet Jooss finally settling in Brazil where he opened a movement school in Rio de Janeiro. After retiring from dance following a serious injury he began to focus his talents in teaching movement to actors later opening his famous studio in Covent Garden where his students included amongst others Sean Connery and It was Yat who coached Sean Connery to his success in James Bond. During this time while working at Laban’s school in London he was entrusted by Laban with his life’s work’: a series of notes bringing together his movement principles with the principles of Carl Jung. Laban had thought this work well suited to actors and encouraged Yat to be its custodian. Yat dedicated his entire working life to exploration of character transformation first at his studio, RADA and then The Central School of Speech and Drama. A student revolution led to the formation of the works home in Drama Centre London, the school Yat founded with John Blatchley and Christopher Fettes in 1963 and where Yat taught his work until his death in 2002.

Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) was an austro-hungarian dancer, theorist, architect and considered by many as the grandfather of contemporary dance and ‘Tanztheater’. A friend of both Carl Jung and Joseph Pilates he was a mentor of Kurt Jooss and Sigurd Leeder whom he joined at Dartington Hall in Devon, England after escaping Nazi Germany. During this time he encountered the young Yat Malmgren and was also a contemporary of Michael Chekhov (another resident at Dartington). His work has influenced dancers, actors and directors across the globe from Pina Bausch to Joan Littlewood.

Carl Jung (1875-1961) was a swiss doctor and along with Freud revolutionised psychoanalysis as talking therapy. His work on the complexes, the unconscious, introversion and extroversion, archetypes, character typology and the collective consciousness have maintained their importance since he first explored these areas in psychology. Jung’s exploration of the inner world and its images were further made public to the world following the publication of The Red Book in the early 2000’s it is within this Jung describes what he called his ‘confrontation with the unconscious and through which he developed his process of ‘Active Imagination’.