Cass trained at the Weekend Arts College, Goldsmiths, University of London, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and was awarded a PhD in the use of play in actor training and theatre making addressing the work of Michael Chekhov and Suzanne Bing, under the supervision of Professor Ramsay Burt and Mike Huxley.
She worked as a performer in film, dance-theatre, mime and devised performance in the 1980s and was a member of Fusion, a dance-theatre company, for five years. With Fusion she worked with numerous practitioners including David Glass and The Jiving Lindyhoppers, performed in many of London’s theatres including The Place, The Lyric Hammersmith, The Young Vic, The Bloomsbury, The Albany Empire and The Shaw, and toured to Theatre Workshop Edinburgh and theatres around the UK.
After graduating from Goldsmiths, Cass became a company member at the English National Opera. For two years she worked with ENO Baylis on a broad range of education, community and outreach projects. In the late 1990s Cass worked as an assistant director/choreographer with Ian Spink at Second Stride and with Caryl Churchill and Orlando Gough on the production of Hotel. After a stint as a drama project leader for young people in East London she undertook an MA at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, specializing in directing, and was awarded a distinction for both her practical and theoretical work.
Following her post-graduate training she worked extensively as a director and freelance teacher and lecturer. Her production experience as a director has ranged from dance-theatre, to radical adaptations of text, and devised embodied theatre. She was Artistic Director of Rubicon Performance Company and during this time directed and co-devised a number of shows including Passed Between Us, written by SJ Griffin and co-devised with Tamara Harrison, which was staged in both the UK and Australia. For Flaming Theatre, she co-directed the critically acclaimed Jarman Garden with Ben Gove.
Over the past twenty-five years Cass has undertaken training in a wide range of embodied performance practices including acting, dance, mime, mask, clown and yoga. She has trained in Chekhov Technique with Graham Dixon and David Zinder. Much of her current work is based on Michael Chekhov Technique and she is a Core Associate of Michael Chekhov UK (www.michaelchekhov.org.uk). Ongoing work includes the New Pathways Project exploring new uses of Michael Chekhov Technique, the related publication (2018), and the forthcoming full production of The Little Prince. She is also currently writing on the work of Jacques Copeau and Suzanne Bing with Professor Mark Evans for the Great Directors series of books published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama (2018).
Cass has taught directors at the National Theatre Studio and on at the Young Vic Theatre Genesis Programme. She will return to the Young Vic to deliver a Masterclass on Chekhov Technique for Directors in Spring 2017.
For further information, please visit: http://www.gold.ac.uk/theatre-performance/staff/c-fleming/
Photo by Katerina Kotti.