Rishi Trikha

Rishi Trikha has worked internationally as a director, writer, actor and dramaturg.

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Rishi Trikha

Rishi Trikha has worked internationally as a director, writer, actor and dramaturg. Originally from Toronto, 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 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has worked extensively as an academic and visiting practitioner at institutions across the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, India and Cuba. 

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 has sat on the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama’s Research and Ethics Committee, the CDD Joint Artistic Committee, and performed the University of Kent’s periodic program review of the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the Central School of Ballet. He is also a judge for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award. He was the External Examiner for Theatre and Performance Practice at London Metropolitan University before joining the program as Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in 2017.

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, as well as other 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. He has also worked in television and film as an actor and writer.

  • 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