Tom Afiyan-English Credit: Claire Newman Williams

Tom is an established lecturer, dance scientist and emerging artistic director from the UK, and is the founder of movement research collective Ferus Animi // Terra Nova. He is an alumnus of Rambert, London Contemporary Dance School (BA Hons in Contemporary Dance) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (MSc Dance Science). Tom has worked extensively with the likes of Wim Vandekeybus/ Ultima Vez, AΦE, English National Ballet, Joe Wright/ Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexandra Reynolds, and Protein Dance during a varied multidisciplinary career. He has taught for Rambert Dance Company and DV8 Physical Theatre, and worked as a movement consultant for Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. Tom joins LCDS having most recently worked as an Associate Director for immersive theatre giants Punchdrunk and AR gaming company Niantic.

Tom holds academic certifications in Neuroscience and Sports Performance from Barça Universitas and is a current Master of Studies student at the University of Oxford, studying Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. He has shared his research at institutions including P.A.R.T.S., Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and The European School of Osteopathy, which has been adapted into curriculum on performance psychology and physiology for The Oxford School of Drama, where he is a member of faculty. He is delighted to be returning to LCDS in this new role.