Dr Nigel Ward

Deputy Head of Department

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Performing Arts

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Music and Performing Arts

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Performing arts and dance

Courses taught: Drama, Drama and English Literature, Drama and Film Studies, Performing Arts

Nigel teaches on the Drama and Performing Arts courses across a range of theoretical and practical modules, including those focused on devising, directing and digital performance.

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Nigel has a background as a professional theatre director working in fringe theatre and as an assistant director for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Internationally, his credits include two productions for the British Council in India.

Research interests

  • theatre directing
  • intercultural performance
  • digital performance
  • the work of Antonin Artaud.

Areas of research supervision

  • Directing
  • Intercultural performance
  • Digital performance
  • Antonin Artaud


  • MA (Oxon)
  • PhD

Selected recent publications

'The Death of the Actor', Performance Research, Vol.15 No 1, March 2010

'The Fifty-One Shocks of Artaud', New Theatre Quarterly, 58 1999

'Théâtre Populaire: Ideology and Tradition in French Popular Theatre from Copeau to Mnouchkine' in Popular Theatres? Papers from the Popular Theatre Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, September 1994 (Liverpool JMU)

Practice as research

2004 The Silk Route, Calcutta, India (sponsored by British Council). A devised performance based on Marco Polo's The Travels and Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. (Kinaetma Theatre)

2003 The Changing Room, Calcutta, India (sponsored by British Council). A devised performance based on Ovid's Metamorphoses. (Kinaetma Theatre)

2002 Sita, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton. A devised performance based on the Ramayana. (Kinaetma Theatre)

2000 Questa Sera, performed Central School of Speech and Drama, London and Setkani Festival, Brno, Czech Republic. A devised performance developed from work on Pirandello's Tonight We Improvise

2000 The 16 Phases of Kaspar, Teatro do Campo Alegre, Porto, Portugal. A devised performance using three professional actors of different nationalities

Recent presentations and conferences

'Breathe Again, Breathe Later: when happenings happen again', Performance Studies International, New York, November 2007

'Ovid in India' Association for Asian Theatre, New Orleans, USA, July 2007

'The Silk Route: memory of a memory of a journey', Performance Studies International, Brown University, USA April 2005

'Staging Indian Identity' for 'Nation or Notion', University of Wales, Bangor

'From 1968 to 1789', for 'Whatever happened to political theatre?' CONCEPTS, Goldsmiths College, London

'The fifty-one Shocks of Artaud: twelve shocks', as part of the Artaud Symposium, Centre for Performance Research, Aberystwyth

'When Happenings Happen Again', Performance Studies International, New York, USA, November 2007