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© Iulia Paula Niculescu

With a background in physical and experimental theatre, my practice often explores themes of migration, identity and mental ill-health. I am interested in making live performance with people who are not necessarily trained actors. I work with communities, young people and artists, and I am dedicated to breaking down barriers in the access to theatre.

I recently received an Arts Council grant to develop a participatory theatre project in partnership with Bristol-based charity Borderlands. I previously completed a DYCP to scale up my practice and research access and the ethics of participation. I was commissioned by Projekt Europa (Projekt Elevate) and Counterpoints Arts (Platforma Festival 2023).

I am part of Future Laboratory, a project of research residences throughout Europe to identify missing narratives on our stages, with a focus on social inclusion.

I frequently work as Director/Facilitator with organisations such as Many Minds, Myers-Insole Local Learning, Lightbox Theatre, Travelling Light Theatre Company, and Bristol Old Vic. 

I am a member of Migrants in Theatre, a movement to increase and improve migrant representation in UK theatre.

  • Project Grant - Arts Council England [2023]

  • The Island Cohort 2023 - imPOSSIBLE [2023]

  • DYCP (Developing Your Creative Practice) grant - Arts Council England [2022-23]

  • Projekt Elevate - Projekt Europa [2022]

  • RTYDS New Directions South West [2022]

  • Empower Collective - Projekt Europa [2022]

  • BFI Creative Mentoring [2022]

  • JMK Mentored Director [2021]

  • Made in Bristol scheme - Bristol Old Vic [2018-19]

  • Farnham Maltings Graduate Award [2018]

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