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School of Arts and Media

Niki Woods

Senior Lecturer in Performance / Programme Leader Theatre and Performance Practice / Artistic Director New Adelphi Theatre

Biography

I am a performer, theatre maker, collaborator, researcher and teacher working within the boundaries of digital, immersive, participatory and devised performance. I have collaborated with award winning digital art group Blast Theory since 1997 and later became an Associate Artist. Since 1997 I have toured nationally and internationally, working on projects such as, Kidnap, 10 Backwards, Desert Rain, Uncle Roy All Around You, Can You See Me Now? Day of the Figurines, Ulrike and Eamon Compliant, Outside Broadcast and the more recent I’d Hide You.

Since 1996 I have been a member of Manchester based company Plane Performance where I have collaborated on projects such as, Re-placing Text Trilogy: Three Degrees of Frost staging The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, SET – On Watching Brief Encounter, Round-About, a touring theatre piece, based on the musical Carousel. The company will tour a new show in 2013.

I am currently on secondment as Artistic Director of New Adelphi Theatre at University of Salford where I programme our theatre venues across 2 seasons.

Teaching

I teach across the performance pathways, specialising in Contemporary Theatre Practices, Devising and how we might integrate and utilize the use of technology in the classroom. I supervise a range of final year Practical Research Projects.

Research Interests

My research and engagement activities are mainly practice-based, and explored or delivered through interdisciplinary practice. Since 1998 I have been performing and collaborating with Blast Theory on various projects. I’m currently working on a further edition of a co-edited handbook of devising exercises with Dr Tracy Crossley, published by Digital Theatre+ https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education/s/making-postdramatic-theatre-a-handbook-of-devising-exercises

Qualifications and Memberships

Full member of the Performance Research Centre.

Associate Artist – Blast Theory

Plane Performance – Company Member

Board Member – Reckless Sleepers International Theatre Company

Member of Quays Culture Group.

Publications

Woods, N 2012 'Captive and Captivated by Blast Theory's Kidnap', in: Stimulus Respond. (online)

Woods, N 2012/13 ‘Digiton Bones’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. Routlage

Crossley, T. Woods, N (2018), ‘Making Postdramatic Theatre: A Handbook of Devising Exercises’, Digital Theatre+.