Dr Jorge Balça is an award-winning stage director, performer, teacher, and academic. A classically-trained actor and counter-tenor, he holds a BA in Performing Arts (Drama) and an MA in Theatre Directing (partly taught at GITIS, Moscow), both from Middlesex University. He has recently completed his doctoral research “When a Voice Is Not Enough: The Existentialist Opera Performer as Auteur” at Portsmouth University. His research interests include performer training, creativity, practice-as-research, and the body in performance. His work has been performed internationally and he is the current artistic director of Bloomsbury Opera.