Joyce Deans is Head of Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Born in Glasgow, graduate of the New University of Ulster, Joyce trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), then studied at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Throughout the 1980s she worked as an actor, freelance movement director and director before joining RCS as Lecturer in Acting in 1990.
Since then, in addition to her acting teaching, she has directed many productions, both classical and modern.
She has co-authored published articles on the integration of Lecoq movement technique and Nadine George voice work with Professor Ros Steen, formerly Head of the RCS Centre for Voice in Performance.
She continues to maintain strong links with Ecole Jacques Lecoq. She instigated the International Fellowship partnership with the Lecoq school in 2007 and returned in 2009, as a student, to participate in an international Laboratoire d’Etude Mouvement (LEM) workshop, based in the school’s scenography department.
Her work as an actor, teacher and theatre director has taken her to France, Poland, Germany and Russia.