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Deborah Middleton is Co-director of the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research at the University of Huddersfield. Under the pen-name, Deborah Templeton, she is also a Contemplative Writer, a yoga teacher, and a facilitator of workshops and courses in the Yoga of Creativity.

After her first degree, Middleton worked freelance in theatre before going on to doctoral research at the University of Hull. Her PhD explored relationships between mind and body in the performer and opened up her later research and practice in the fields of psychophysical actor-training and ritual theatre.

In 1993, Middleton met Nicolās Núñez of the Taller de Investigación Teatral (UNAM, Mexico City) and began an enduring research relationship which has involved her participation in numerous projects in Mexico, Ireland, Spain and the UK. She was the first British-based practitioner authorised to teach Núñez’s training form, Citlalmina, and has since trained two further authorised practitioners.

Since 1999, Middleton has studied the Alexander Technique with Dr. Don Weed of the ITM (Bristol, UK). Alexander’s ideas underpin all of her teaching and practice.

In 2010, Middleton was a Visiting Scholar at Naropa University (CO), where she practised Mudra Space Awareness with Prof. Lee Worley, as well as pursuing a study of Tibetan Buddhist Meditation (shamatha/vipashyana). In 2012, she trained as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, under the direction of Devarshi Steven Hartman.

Middleton’s contemplative practices of yoga and meditation form the foundation for her artistic work as a writer of short fiction and performance texts. Produced under the pen-name, Deborah Templeton, her work has been performed in Mexico, China and the United Kingdom.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Actor Training, particularly psycho-physical, body-based or pre-expressive methodologies;
  • Creativity – models of understanding and managing creative processes and creative states of being;
  • Theatre and Ritual, including shamanism and theatre, and altered states of consciousness in performance practice.

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Research Output 2014 2018

Immersive Awareness

Middleton, D. & Núñez, N. 20 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Theatre, Dance and Performance Training.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Mapping Mindfulness-based Performance

Middleton, D. 30 Nov 2017 In : Journal of Performance and Mindfulness. 1, 1, 12 p.

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Open Access
Open Access
Open Access
Conceptual Blending
Cognitive Dissonance
Creative Process


Middleton, D. & Adkins, M. Sep 2014

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Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Oral presentation

Buddhist Meditation and Psychophysical Performance

Chamberlain, F. (Speaker), Middleton, D. (Speaker)
31 Oct 2014

Activity: Oral presentation