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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 2008 2019

At Play in the Cosmos: The Theatre and Ritual of Nicolás Núñez

Middleton, D., 30 Aug 2019, Anthropocosmic Theatre: Theatre, Ritual, Consciousness. Middleton, D. & Chamberlain, F. (eds.). 2 ed. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press, p. 153-181 29 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Cosmos
Psychophysical
Theatre Production

Case Study: The Flight of Quetzalcoatl - Teotihuacan, Mexico (2000)

Middleton, D., 30 Aug 2019, Anthropocosmic Theatre: Theatre, Ritual, Consciousness. Middleton, D. & Chamberlain, F. (eds.). 2 ed. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press, p. 263-266 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Observer
Mexico
Teotihuacan
Flight

Defining the Dynamics

Middleton, D., 30 Aug 2019, Anthropocosmic Theatre: Theatre, Ritual, Consciousness. Middleton, D. & Chamberlain, F. (eds.). 2 ed. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press, p. 223-239 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

'Secular Sacredness' in the Ritual Theatre of Nicolás Núñez

Middleton, D., 30 Aug 2019, Anthropocosmic Theatre: Theatre, Ritual, Consciousness. Middleton, D. & Chamberlain, F. (eds.). 2 ed. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press, p. 189-213 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Sacredness
Consciousness
Religious Experience

Adapting the Dharma: Buddhism and Contemporary Theatre Training

Middleton, D. & Pla, D., 18 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Global Buddhism. 19, p. 113-125 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Buddhism
theater
theater director
dance
Dharma

Activities 2014 2016

  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 Oral presentation

Performance and Mindfulness

Franc Chamberlain (Organiser), Deborah Middleton (Organiser)
2 Jun 20165 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Journal of Performance and Mindfulness (Journal)

Franc Chamberlain (Editor), Deborah Middleton (Editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Buddhist Meditation and Psychophysical Performance

Franc Chamberlain (Speaker), Deborah Middleton (Speaker)
31 Oct 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation