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.

    Executive Federation of Drama Schools

  • 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 BA (Hons) Physical Theatre 2016- 2019

    External Examiner MA/MFA Movement Studies Jan 2016 – Dec 2019

    Periodic Review for all Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes, GSA

    Judge for Total Theatre Awards: Edinburgh Festival


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.


Conference papers and presentations

The influence of the training practice of Gardzienice on UK actor training at the International Artistic and Scientific Conference: Pedagogy corrected. Festival of 20th (+2) Anniversary of "Gardzienice", Gardzienice, 2nd – 6th of October 2019

Niamh Dowling and Lisa Peck: Paper and workshop: Mattering language in the practice of Niamh Dowling -  International Theatre Performance Practice: University of Kent Jan 2020

Work demonstration: How the principles of the Alexander Technique act as a framework for teaching a range of bodies of movement work. - Why movement matters: Movement Symposium at RADA April 2020

Niamh Dowling and Angela Taylor: Power Point: Impact of Internationalisation on the curriculum at Rose Bruford College - ‘Innovation in Internationalisation at Home’ Conference at the University of Kent in April 2019.

Shanghai Theatre Academy: International Forum on Actor Training and Education 2018: Role of Alexander Technique as underpinning for Actor Training.