Rishi Trikha is an elected representative of the Academic Board at London Metropolitan University. He is also a member of the Governance Committee and the Audit and Risk Committee.
Rishi Trikha has worked internationally as a director, writer, actor and dramaturg. Originally from Canada, he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theatre from York University, before completing an MA with Distinction in Writing for Performance (Advanced Theatre Practice) at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) at the University of Kent. He's a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has worked extensively as an academic and visiting practitioner at institutions across the UK and worldwide.
Rishi was Performance and Academic Leader at the National Centre for Circus Arts, where he helped to create and lead Europe’s first postgraduate programme in circus and oversaw all undergraduate provision in theatre, dance and critical studies. He was on the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’s (CDD) Research and Ethics Committee, the CDD Joint Artistic Committee, has acted as an external examiner and performed periodic programme reviews of degrees at the Central School of Ballet and Southbank University. He currently sits as an elected member of London Metropolitan University's Academic Board and on its Stonewall Steering Group.
As a theatre practitioner, Rishi has worked at the Royal National Theatre, Royal Court, Roundhouse, Riverside Studios, Hackney Empire, Jackson’s Lane, Southwark Playhouse, Almeida, Hampstead Theatre and at venues and festivals across the UK. Internationally, he has presented work as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music's (BAM) Next Wave festival in New York, the Auch Festival of Contemporary Circus in France, and the Toronto Fringe Festival, with projects funded by such bodies as The Arts Council of England, Wellcome Trust, Jerwood Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. Most recently, he was dramaturg on Everything I see I Swallow and The Chosen Haram, which were both named in The Stage’s top five physical performances of 2020. He has also acted as a judge for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award and other prizes, and worked in television and film as an actor and writer.