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Dr

Ellie Nixon

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Personal statement

I joined Bath Spa University in 2014.

I am a theatre director, actress and teacher with extensive international experience. I graduated from Middlesex University and trained at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris (1987-89). In 1989 I co-founded the La Mancha International Theatre Company with Rodrigo Malbrán and continue to be its UK Artistic Director. The company has produced over twenty-five theatre projects, performing throughout the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Central and South America. Each production has used the devising process to create highly visual new work and theatrical adaptations.

In 1995 I co-founded La Mancha International School of Image and Gesture in Santiago, Chile. The School offers professional training in contemporary theatre making and postgraduate courses in acting, directing, teaching and theatre in Human Development. My roles as Co-Director and Principal Lecturer involved writing the School’s degree and postgraduate courses and contributing to the architectural design of the purpose built premises. Underpinned by the Lecoq tradition, the La Mancha School is unique in South America. Students come from all over the world to study there and graduates have gone on to form many innovative national and international theatre and dance companies. They are also successfully acting and directing in theatre, film and television.

On my return to the UK in 2006, I joined the Arts University Bournemouth as Senior Lecturer in Movement and Acting on the BA (Hons) Acting course. In 2007 I won a Learning and Teaching Award at the AUCB to develop my research in somatic learning and was a speaker at The AUCB Teaching and Learning Conferences on Risk-taking and its implications for fostering creativity: a somatic approach to independent learning.

Research profile

My practice-led research explores embodied approaches to contemporary performance practice and performer training. Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary insights including phenomenology, cognitive studies, anthropological perspectives and environmental humanities, I seek to articulate the projective interplay between the sensate imagining body and the material world as a dynamic force for making new work. My ‘embodied poetics’ proposes strategies for accessing and capturing a continual renewal, expansion and transformation of practice. My research is transnational and collaborative and aims to enhance understandings of intercultural performance as well as the wider context of human experience in the natural world.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD University of Exeter
  • Two Year Diploma Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School, Paris
  • BA(Hons) Middlesex University

Professional qualifications

  • PhD, Performance Practice, University of Exeter, 2016
  • PGCE, Arts University Bournemouth, 2007
  • The Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School, 1987 - 89
  • BA (Hons) Performance Arts, Middlesex University

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA
  • Performer Training Working Group (TaPRA)

Research and academic outputs

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La Mancha Theatre Company and School, Chile
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Nixon, E (2016) 'La Mancha Theatre Company and School, Chile.' In: Evans, M and Kemp, R, eds. The Routledge companion to Jacques Lecoq. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 372-379. ISBN 9781138818422


The Threepenny Opera: experiencing intersections Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Lecoq
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Nixon, E (2014) The Threepenny Opera: experiencing intersections Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Lecoq. In: Intersections: Colloquium of Performance Research, 16-17 January 2014, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK.


Processes of transmission: a laboratory of the self
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Nixon, E (2013) Processes of transmission: a laboratory of the self. In: Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Conference, September 2013, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.


Vivien Leigh - the actress
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Nixon, E (2009) Vivien Leigh - the actress. In: Vivien Leigh Symposium, September 2009, The University of Exeter and Topsham Museum, Exeter, UK.


Risk-taking and its implications for an acting course: a pedagogical approach
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Nixon, E (2007) Risk-taking and its implications for an acting course: a pedagogical approach. In: Learning and Teaching Conference, July 2007, The Arts Institute at Bournemouth, Bournemouth, UK.


Towards an "embodied poetics": an exploration of devising processes based on the work of Jacques Lecoq and Gaston Bachelard
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Nixon, E (2015) Towards an "embodied poetics": an exploration of devising processes based on the work of Jacques Lecoq and Gaston Bachelard. PhD thesis, University of Exeter.


Yves Klein - architectura del aire
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Nixon, E (2005) Yves Klein - architectura del aire. In: La Mancha Theatre Company, National tour of Chile, 2005-2006.


Alturas de Macchu Picchu
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Nixon, E and Malbrán, R (2004) Alturas de Macchu Picchu. In: La Mancha Theatre Company, National tour of Chile, 2004.


Shakespeare a dos tiempos
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Nixon, E and Malbrán, R (2002) Shakespeare a dos tiempos. In: La Mancha Theatre Company, National tour of Chile and Mexico City, 2002-2003.


Big bang
performance

Nixon, E (1997) Big bang. In: La Mancha Theatre Company, National tour of Chile, 1997.


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