Sofia Nakou

Sofia Nakou



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My research interests include theatre making, applied theatre, theatre and pedagogy, analysis of the posionality of the facilitator within a process, theatre ethics, personal narratives within theatre, narratives within the asylum system, practice-led research and community-based participatory research methods. 


I joined UWS as a lecturer in Performance in January 2022 while doing my PhD at Edinburgh University. 

In addition to my research I am a theatre director and drama facilitator (specialising in Theatre of the Oppressed) with over 10 years experience in the field. As a director I have directed devising, new writing as well as cannon text. shows that toured within the UK and Europe. As a drama facilitator I have been working with young people, young people in care, young people who are carers, people that have experienced homelesness etc. 

I undertook my BA Hons in Drama in Kingston University and my MSc in Theatre and Performance in Edinburgh University.

Current research activities

Currently, I am working on my interdisciplinary PhD thesis, (Re)Constructing Asylum Narratives through the lens of Applied Theatre; a research project on how the asylum seekers’ narratives, and subsequently mental health, are affected by the asylum system process and how Applied Theatre can be part of an interdisciplinary approach to such complicated and ongoing issue.

Current teaching activities and interests

In all my teaching I aim to encourage the students to establish an ever developing critical framework, including ethical considerations, within any aspect of theatre and performance they might be interested in. I currently teach Cross Media Collaboration (Level 8), Community Performance Project (Level 9), Creative Festival (Level 9) and Performance Realisation (Level 10). 


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