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University of Lincoln
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About Sreenath Nair

Sreenath Nair studied Theatre and Performance studies at several Indian and British Universities: University of Calicut in 1992; Rabindra Bharathi University in 1995; Mahatma Gandhi University in 1997 and University of East Anglia, Norwich in 2002. He completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales and in the same year he joined in the Department of Drama at the University of Lincoln as a Lecturer. His doctoral thesis on Restoration of Breath is a pioneering work in the field of intercultural performance theory and practice published by Rodopi in 2007. His research continues to develop on embodied methodologies, the Natyasastra, rasa theory, intercultural performance theory and practice on which he has been publishing scholarly articles and book chapters. He has been invited to several international conferences for Keynote lectures including Finland, Norway, Spain and India. He was awarded the Leverhulme International Fellowship in 2011. He accepted the Scholar-in Residence appointment at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2012. During his visit in the United States of America, he has lectured and conducted workshops at Columbia University and New York University on Restoration of Breath, a pioneering research combining the body, culture, ethnography and performance theory.  He holds the honorary position of the Research Advisor of Doctoral Studies at the Dance Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand since 2013. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Theatre Journal published by Intellect. His publications include: Restoration of Breath: Consciousness & Performance (Rodopi, 2007); The Natyasastra and the Body in Performance (McFarland, 2015); Manikin Plays (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2013); Evocative Body: Technique as Knowledge in Indian Performance (Co-authored with Ralph Yarrow) Routledge (forthcoming).   Sreenath Nair invites M Phil/ PhD applications in the following areas: Asian (Indian) theatre; Intercultural theatre; embodied methodologies; actor training; Natyasastra Studies; performance theory; the body & culture.    

Department Responsibilities

Module Leader: MA Research Methodologies Teaching: Critical Histories, Site-Specific Performance, Research Methodologies & Dissertation

Subject Specialism

Intercultural theatre; Indian theatre; embodied performance; Natyasastra studies; performance theory; the Body & Culture.


  • PhD Theatre Studies, — 2007
  • MA Theatre Studies — 2002
  • M. Phil Theatre Studies, — 1997
  • MA Theatre Studies — 1995
  • BA Theatre Studies — 1992


  • Lincolnshire Diversity in the Arts: Research & Development — Arts Council of England (ACE),
  • Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship 2011 — Leverhulme Trust,
  • Kumar Gandharva [Senior] Fellowship Award, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, 1998 — Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India,


Editor, Indian Theatre Journal (ITJ) Artistic Director, Playwrights’ Theatre, Kerala, India

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Research Groups Memberships

  • Theatre & Asian Performance (TAP)

Research Projects

  • Lincolnshire Diversity in the Arts: Research and Development — awarded £37083 by Arts Council England in
  • Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship, 2011 — awarded £10406 by Leverhulme Trust in

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • University of Auckland, New Zealand — Research Adviser (Doctoral Studies) in Dance Studies,
  • New York University, USA — Scholar-in-Resident at Tisch School of Arts