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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 2018

  • 7 Article
  • 2 Composition
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products
  • 1 Performance

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
theater director

Immersive Awareness

Middleton, D. & Núñez, N., 28 Jun 2018, In : Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 9, 2, p. 217-233 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Na Okraji Vody

Translated title of the contribution: Water's EdgeAdkins, M., Middleton, D., Summers, S-J., Woods, S. P., Green, S. & Fetokaki, S., 26 Dec 2018

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


The Dreaming of Trees: Audio Experience

Middleton, D. & D'Escrivan Rincon, J., Jul 2018

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products


Mapping Mindfulness-based Performance

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

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