Rishi Trikha is an Associate Professor in Theatre and Performance, Academic Governor of London Metropolitan University, and member of the Academic Board. He 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 PGCHE at the University of Kent. He is 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 program in circus, and oversaw all undergraduate provision in theatre, dance, and critical studies. He was on the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’s Research and Ethics Committee, the CDD Joint Artistic Committee, has acted as an External Examiner, and a subject specialist advisor on the revalidation of degrees at the Central School of Ballet and Southbank University.
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 the 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.
Areas of study and interests
- Collaborative and devised theatre
- Contemporary circus
- Theatre training and pedagogy
- Realism in non-realist contexts
- Proto-performance and evolutionary cultural theory
- Ethnicity and nation as performance
- Performance and cognition
- Post-dramatic writing and dramaturgy
- Metamodernism in the performing arts