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School of Arts and Media

Julia Nelson

Lecturer in Media and Performance


I graduated in 1997 from the University of Salford with a BA (Hons) in Media and Performance and went on to Greenwich University, graduating in 1999 with a PGCE.  I worked extensively in the FE Sector from 2000 – 2004, being the Head of Performing Arts at South Trafford College from 2002 – 2004.  From 2004 onwards, I worked within the Museum sector, managing and delivering the Open Minds Drama and Arts project, based at the Manchester Museum.  From 2004 I began working as an Associate Lecturer/Guest Director at the University of Salford, alongside working as an actor/director on many regional productions, which I continue to do.  I achieved an MA in Scriptwriting for TV and Radio from the University of Salford in 2013.  I currently work part time at the University and continue to deliver freelance workshops within the Museum Sector (The People’s History Museum/The Whitworth Art Gallery/The Manchester Museum) as a creative practitioner and work as a professional actor alongside this.  Recent TV credits include Citizen Khan (BBC) and Ackley Bridge (Channel 4).


I teach across the Theatre and Performance Practice and Media and Performance programmes.

Level 4 – Acting Methods 1/Acting Methods 2/Performance Workshop. Level 4 Workshop Co-ordinator.  Personal Tutor.

Level 5 – Introduction to Scriptwriting (Module Leader)

Level 6 – Practical Research Project Supervisor/Theatre Project Supervisor.

Research Interests

My practice as research interests include: Arts and Health/Liminality and ritual within the performative arena/Acting for live and recorded media

Qualifications and Memberships

BA (Hons) Media and Performance


MA in Scriptwriting for TV and Radio

Member of Spotlight