Nicola Hollinshead


Graduate of the MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2017). Background in professional theatre, working for over twenty years as an actor, working in rep, fringe, community theatre, TIE, one woman shows, new writing, small to large scale No 1 touring, Eastern European touring, independent film, C4 & BBC tv series. Retrained as a Drama Facilitator.

Professional directing experience at Liverpool Playhouse Theatre and as Acting Skills tutor and course director with Seconds Out Theatre Workshop based at Unity Theatre Liverpool, working with over one hundred long term unemployed participants. Directed six main productions; production of ‘Road’ played at Liverpool Playhouse Studio and toured locally. As an Applied Theatre practitioner worked with; Southwark Playhouse, Safe Ground, Arts4Dementia, Arcola Theatre, Unlock Drama, Reading Rep Engage programme. Recent work as Engage Officer with Reading Rep Theatre, facilitating applied theatre outreach sessions with women on parole, adults in addiction and recovery and dementia care home residents.

Current work with Southwark Playhouse delivering online applied theatre sessions with adults with early onset dementia, part of Southwark Council’s ‘Social Perscribing’ policy. Created ‘Recoverist Theatre Project’ to work with adults in recovery.

Facilitation training includes; Geese Theatre, Safe Ground, Collective Encounters, Escape Artists, Unlock Drama, Clean Break, Cardboard Citizens.

Founder and Creative Director of the Community Interest Company, Islington People’s Theatre.

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Research interests

Working with marginalised women in the London Borough of Islington with applied theatre and activist performative practice. Focusing on the intersections of precarity, activism, resistance, dispossession.