Staff Profile: Niamh Dowling, Head of School of Performance

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  • Niamh Dowling, Head of School of Performance

  • Position:

    Head of School of Performance

  • Teaching Area:

    MA Ensemble Theatre and all undergraduate programmes in the School of Performance.

  • Qualifications:

    MA Dance and Aesthetics; BA (Hons) Dance and Education.

  • Memberships:

    Member of Society for Teachers of Alexander Technique; Member of Movement Networks.

  • Professional Practice:

    Theatre Studio, (2011-12); 'Stones in his Pocket', Theatre by the Lake (2010); and 'A Doll's House', Library Theatre, Manchester, (2010); International movement specialist, leading 18-month movement training programme in Singapore; Arts consultant for British Council; leading movement/Alexander Technique workshops at NYU, New York.

    Movement director on number of productions including 'Hoffamnia Brown', National

  • External Duties:

    External examiner, MA Acting in British Tradition, Birmingham School of Acting, (2012- present); external examiner, MFA Directirng, Birkbeck College, University of London, (2008-11); external examiner, BA (Hons) Acting, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, (2008-11).


Niamh Dowling is Head of School of Performance at Rose Bruford College. She has worked extensively internationally as a Movement Director, leading workshops in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia, South and Central America and Russia. Niamh trained as a teacher of The Alexander Technique and in movement with Monika Pagneux in Paris and Ann Bogart, Nancy Topf and Eva Karczag in New York. She has collaborated closely with Teatr Piesn Kozla in Poland for the past fifteen years. Niamh has a holistic approach to education and performance training with an emphasis on the interconnectedness of movement and voice and is one of the practitioners on the recently launched online Routledge Performance Archive.


The imaginal body: using principles of the Alexander Technique to release the imagination', in Sandra Reeve, ed., Body and Performance, (Triarchy Press, 2013);  'The Alexander Technique into performance'  in Routledge Performance Archive (2012);  'Moving into performance: Using the principles of the Alexander Technique to underpin and enhance an actor's training', Australasian Drama Review, October 2008.