Aiden Condron has been a professional actor, director and teacher for over twenty years. He trained with Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (MA Actor Training & Coaching), Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at The Conservatory of Music and Drama (Dublin) where he was two-time recipient of The Brendan Smith Award for achievements in acting.
As an actor Aiden has worked extensively in Ireland and abroad. He has received much critical acclaim for performances such as Clov in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame performed in Los Angeles, Angelo in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, and Sordido in Women Beware Women by the world-renowned Howard Barker; a performance that received special commendation from the writer. In 2000 Aiden was nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Irish Times/E.S.B. Theatre Awards for his portrayal of Marc Antony in Julius Caesar. Other recent theatre credits include Mansfield Park for Rattlebag Theatre, Of Mice and Men at The New Theatre directed by Obie Award winning director Tim Mc Donnell and King Lear directed by Alan Stanford for Second Age Theatre Company, a U.K. and nationwide tour of the hugely successful Alone It Stands, written and directed by Irish Times/E.S.B. Theatre Award winner John Breen. Film and television credits include Fair City (Civil Action Special), The Big Bow and On Home Ground (R.T.E.), Saving Private Ryan (Dreamworks), Writer’s Fantasy (Ton Productions), Dead of Night (Grove Films) and Love Eternal (Fastnet Films).
Aiden is also an experienced teacher and facilitator in many fields of the performing arts. He has worked in areas as diverse as children’s drama, drama for people with special needs including learning disabilities. He has also trained professional actors. He has tutored in most drama schools in Dublin including The Gaiety School of Acting, Ringsend Technical Institute (Theatre Studies) and Liberties College (Bull Alley). In 1998 Aiden taught as part of EFL via Performance: a program he designed and set up for The World Traveler’s Organization in Milan, Italy. He has also been invited to conduct workshops and training with actors and dancers for various institutions in Ireland and Europe including Daghdha Dance (Ireland) and Teatre Breton Caffe (Poland)
As a stage director Aiden has created many successful productions including works by Shakespeare, Beckett, Lorca and Pirandello.
In early 2000 Aiden began to turn his attention and focus his energies toward actively investigating and re-evaluating the nature and function of performance and the role and potential of the actor. In January 2002 he founded NERVOUSYSTEM a Dublin-based theatre laboratory of which he was now Artistic Director until 2012. The remit of NERVOUSYSTEM is the systematic exploration and elaboration of an authentic objective praxis, language and aesthetic for performance. This practical research work has acheived significant success having captured the attention of audiances and theatre specialists national and international.
Within NERVOUSYSTEM Aiden has evolved a detailed and comprehensive actor-training praxis. For the company he has directed Fire Face: an adaptation of The Cuchullain Plays by Yeats. As part of a more forthright exploration into an alternative theatre language, he directed the evolving performance structures: AVERSION I, AVERSION II (The I-Eye) and PARK ACTION, all original works composed by the collective. Most recently he directed the first phase of The Myth and the Flesh a solo opus composed and performed by Marián Araújo. He is currently engaged in preliminary work on: Father Figure/Mother Tongue (working title) operating within NERVOUSYSTEM's research domain Actor as Writer. This is a solo work, that he will compose and perform for which he is currently in receipt of a one-year Bursary award from the Irish Arts Council. Aiden is also currently directing a reworking of Synge’s Riders to the Sea for NERVOUSYSTEM. Aiden is currently undertaking practical and academic research into the relationship between Yoga and Acting.