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Ms Fiona Templeton
Senior Lecturer in Drama

Gaskell Building 113


Fiona Templeton is an internationally recognised innovator in writing and directing for theatre and performance. She is currently Artistic Director and founder of The Relationship, a performance group based in both New York and London; and in the 70s was co-founder of the influential Theatre of Mistakes. Her large-scale site-specific work has won numerous international awards.

Her publications include plays, poetry and writing on the theory of performance. Fiona also collaborates with artists in other fields including visual arts, dance and music such as Elliott Sharp, Samita Sinha, Pamelia Kurstin, Molissa Fenley, Siobhan Liddell and Joan Jeanrenaud.

She has directed the work of innovative writers including Elfriede Jelinek (whom she has also translated), Michael Gottlieb, Suzan-Lori Parks and Leslie Scalapino.

Her work is shown at venues as varied as the Tate Britain, the Tramway in Glasgow, the Vortex in Dalston, ODC Theatre in San Francisco, the Puerto Rico International Festival of Theatre, Fort Jay on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor, the abandoned Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary, and as commissions for Chashama Theatre and the Poetry Project in New York, and the Cultural Capital of Europe Festivals of Rotterdam and Lille. Collaborating organisations have included Amnesty International, French Railways, the Slovene Socialist Party headquarters, the offices of the European Union, a commercial accounting firm in the city of London, and a snackbar on Brick Lane.

She has received awards and fellowships including from the Rockefeller Foundation, the US National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has held a Senior Judith Wilson Fellowship in poetry and writing for performance at Cambridge.

Newest selected publications

Templeton, F. (2018) 'Authoring, authorship and authority in The Theatre of Mistakes 1974-1981', in Kaye, N., Jones, S., Linsley, J. and Clarke, P. (eds.) Artists in the Archive: Creative and Curatorial Engagements with Documents of Art and Performance. London : Taylor & Francis/Routledge. ISBN 10: 1138915386. ISBN 13: 978-1138915381.

Book chapter

McLeer, B. and Templeton, F. (2017) 'The Triumph of Crowds'. [Downtown Art Center, New York.]


Templeton, F. (2017) 'Going'. [Raven Row, London.]


Templeton, F., Bowman, J., Sainsbury, A., Howell, A. and Stickland, P. (2017) 'In Case There is a Reason: The Theatre of Mistakes 1972-1982'. [Raven Row, London.]


Templeton, F. (2017) 'The Blue'. [La Mama Experimental Theater, New York.]

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