Fiona Templeton's work ranges across various disciplines.  Her performance work is born of a conceptual investigation of theatre as a total medium – language, space, and time, and as an "art of relation", in particular in its thinking of the audience.  It ranges in scale from solo to citywide works, and uses densely poetic innovative language.

She has been awarded fellowships from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts in both Poetry and Visual Arts (new genres); an Abendzeitung Muenchen Sterne des Jahres for theatre; two fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts for performance, & one for playwriting. She was 1996-7 Senior writer-in-residence at the English Faculty of Cambridge University, and 2000-2003 Arts and Humanities Research Board fellow with the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Lancaster.   In 2002 she received the annual Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts award for theatre.  She is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University.

Born in Scotland, Fiona lives mostly in New York since the late 70s, writing and directing. Her award-winning and influential YOU--The City, "an intimate citywide play for an audience of one", has since been recreated in six countries and languages, including at the London International Festival of Theatre in 1989, and most recently as a key project of Rotterdam Cultural Capital of Europe 2001. There is also a film of the New York version. 

Her current project, The Medead, is an epic that retells the life-story of Medea, for 12 performers, to be produced by the Glasgow Tramway and the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, and has involved research into the origins of the Medea figure in what is now the Republic of Georgia.  Sections of the work have been seen recently at Glasgow Tramway at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space at 15 Nassau.  The full work will premiere in 2010.

Her most recent commission was L’Ile (The Island), a theatre game by appointment, for the opening of Lille European Cultural Capital 2004 in December 2003.  She is currently working on a New York version.

Her most recent collaboration was with Bock & Vincenzi, on their project Invisible Dances, recently at the Venice Biennial.

She was co-founder of the London company, The Theatre of Mistakes, in the 70s. The company's work had a seminal influence on British performance & theatre of the last 2 decades; the company's book, written by Templeton and Anthony Howell, Elements of Performance Art, is soon to be republished.  (See Art into Theatre by Nick Kaye, Harwood 1997.)

Her collaboration with the late Michael Ratomski, Recognition, performed live by Fiona in conversation with Michael on video, was produced at the Kitchen, New York, the ICA, London, and the Cambridge Conference on Contemporary Poetry 1996-7.   In the 80’s she created a number of small scale and large scale site-specific works, as well as collaborations with artists including Julian Maynard Smith, Elliott Sharp, Miranda Payne, Peter Stickland, Glenys Johnson, Melanie Nielson and Lenora Champagne.

Her books include poetry (London, Hi Cowboy, oops the join, Mum in Airdrie), plays (Delirium of lnterpretations, YOU--The City), performance (Elements of Performance Art) and the visual arts (Cells of Release). This was created as a 2-year installation in an abandoned prison in Philadelphia, in collaboration with Amnesty International & Prison Sentences.

She has made a film of YOU-The City, and a short opera on videotape with composer Randall Eng, The Woman in the Green Coat.

Fiona regularly publishes poetry and theoretical articles.  She was U.S. editor of Shattered Anatomies, an anthology box of objects and writings on traces of contemporary performance, published by Arnolfini Live, Bristol; U.S. contributing editor of Grey Suit, a magazine for art and literature on videotape; and contributing editor of Big Allis poetry magazine, New York.







online article on YOU-- The City by Dell Olsen












online article on Cells of Release by Caroline Bergvall






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