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Dr Alexander Kelly


About Dr Alexander Kelly

Alex is Reader in Theatre & Performance and has been with Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett since the start of its first course in 2006. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Sheffield-based theatre company Third Angel, with whom he devises, directs, writes, designs and performs. Third Angel’s work tours throughout Britain, mainland Europe and beyond.

Alex has taught at numerous Universities across the UK, and has also taught for Third Angel at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. He regularly mentors other artists and companies with Third Angel and through his role at Leeds Beckett. Recently this has included working with Vandal Factory, Yolanda Mercy, Holly Gallagher, Natalie Wong, Jack Dean, John Wilkinson, Lapelle’s Factory, RashDash, Daniel Bye, Ellie Harrison and Action Hero, making Equations for a Moving Body and A Conversation With My Father with Hannah Nicklin and mentoring Raquel Castro’s Turma de 95 (based on Third Angel’s Class of ’76).

Alex has recently published writing and drawing about Third Angel's work in There’s A Room: Three Performance Texts by Third Angel (Oberon, 2019), The Twenty First Century Performance Reader (Brayshaw, Fenemore & Witts, Eds., Routledge, 2019), Pinchbeck & Westerside’s  Staging Loss (Palgrave MacMillan 2018), the Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research journal volumes Staging The Wreckage (2019), On Value (2013) and On Foot (2012), as well as co-creating the artists' book The Dust Archive with Annie Lloyd.

Current Teaching

BA Theatre & Performance:

  • Performance Strategies 2
  • Lift Off 1: Process
  • Lift Off 2: Festival
BA Performing Arts:
  • Project Lab
MA Performance:
  • Performance Matters 1
  • Artist Mentor
  • Artist Project Major

Research Interests

Alex is interested in devising, autobiographical storytelling, reportage and documentary theatre, intimate and one-to-one performance, and cross-disciplinary collaboration, in particular science and art. Current and recent projects include the shows The Department of Distractions (with Northern Stage, published by Oberon Books, 2020), 600 People, Partus, The Paradise Project (with mala voadora, Portugal), The Life & Loves of a Nobody (with Sheffield Theatres), Cape Wrath, and the durational performances The Journeys (with SBC Theatre), The Desire Paths, and Inspiration Exchange.

Other recent work includes writing O Grande Livro dos Pequeno Detalhes (The Great Book of Tiny Details) with/for Má Criação (Rio de Janeiro 2015, Lisbon & Porto 2016), writing and performing Playing Detective for Slung Low’s 15 Minutes Live (Leeds 2013), and co-devising Learning To Swim with Má Criação (Lisbon 2010).

Selected Publications

Journal articles (4)

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