Rob Daniels Theatre-Performance Making visiting lecturer Rob Daniels

Senior Lecturer in Theatre Programme Coordinator: MA Performance
Master of Fine Arts

School of Consciousness and Transformation
MA in Drama by Practice as Research, University of Kent: Canterbury; BA (Hons.) Performance Studies (1st class), University of Northampton

Robert is one of the artistic directors of Bootworks Theatre, a group of artists who make a varied spectrum of work including devised performance, street theatre, live art and children’s shows. Bootworks’ artistic direction is based on a mixed set of individual interests and specialisms, which means our work is varied and diverse in its style, form and theme. They try to access new audiences with each new piece of work, and explore new forms, and interesting ways to engage and incorporate shared theatrical experiences. 

Bootworks have been working together since 1999, and have two award nominations and one win for innovation and experimentation, from Total Theatre. Robert’s book, DIY, was also nominated for the Theatre Research Book award in 2013. Bootworks are an ACE (project) funded organisation and supported internationally by the British Council. 

Independent projects include DIY, a book trilogy, and Tiny Live Art, a documentation project, recreating performances in HO scale models. His first solo project; Playing with MySelf in 2003 was ACE funded and supported by The Battersea Arts Centre. scorezer0, its sequel was also funded by ACE and supported by RALP funded Choreographic Lab. Other work includes collaborations with Jane Bacon (and red leaf dance videos) on two entries for the Video Place’s One Minute Wander dance video competition (winners 2000), premiered at Cinemarket 2001 by the Danish film institute and Bodyworks 2001 festival in Melbourne.

Robert has also worked and trained with a number of artists, including: Sally Dean, Trestle, New Art Club, Nicolas Nunez, The New World Performance Laboratory, Goat Island, Xavier Le Roy, and V-Tol dance. Robert's research interests include: "DIY" Theatre and Performance, UK-centric Performance Studies, Live Art, Interdisciplinary Devised Performance, Dance Theatre, Street Theatre and Site Specific Art.


  • Edited book: Daniels, R. (ed. 2015) D.I.Y. Too, University of Chichester: UK. (Published August 2015. ISBN: 978-1-907852-36-7)
  • Edited book: Daniels, R. (ed. 2014) D.I.Y. (Do. It. Yourself), University of Chichester: UK. (Published March 2014. ISBN: 978-1-907852-24-4)
  • Non-refereed article: Baker, Daniels & Roberts (2012) 30 Days to Edinburgh, in Field et al (2012) Forest Fringe: Paper Stages, Jerwood Charitable Foundation: UK
  • Non-refereed article: Baker, Daniels & Roberts (2012) A Spaceman, Cowboy and Disco Dancer walk into a bar, in Total Theatre Magazine, Volume 24, Issue 2 (Summer 2012), University of Winchester Press: UK (pp. 6-9) ISSN: 0960-6106
  • Contribution to; Thompson, Peter (2003) Practice as Research: Notes and Queries, in Studies in Theatre and Performance, Vol. 22, No. 2, Intellect Press (pp. 159-180) ISSN: 1468-2761
  • Refereed article: Daniels, Robert (2005) Inside Out; What is (my) practice in Performance Studies, inStudies in Theatre and Performance, Vol. 24, No. 3, Intellect Press (pp. 239-251) ISSN: 1468-2761

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