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Dr Alexander Kelly - Leeds Beckett. Leeds, West Yorkshire, GB

Dr Alexander Kelly

Reader in Theatre & Performance | Leeds Beckett University

Leeds, West Yorkshire, UNITED KINGDOM

Dr Alexander Kelly is Co-Artistic Director of the Sheffield-based theatre company Third Angel.



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Alex is Reader in Theatre & Performance and has been with Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett since the start of its first course in 2006. He is theatre maker, performer, storyteller, game maker, writer and mentor, and tours throughout the UK and internationally. He is artistic associate of Lisbon-based international collective Má-Criação. From 1995-2023 he was Co-Artistic Director of the Sheffield-based theatre company Third Angel, with whom he created performances that connected the fields of theatre, live art, film & video, durational performance, conversation and digital media. Recent projects with Third Angel include The Desire Paths, 600 People, The Department of Distractions and The Distraction Agents.

Alex has taught at numerous Universities across the UK, and has also taught for Third Angel at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. He regularly mentors other artists and companies with Third Angel and through his role at Leeds Beckett. Recently this has included working with Vandal Factory, Yolanda Mercy, Holly Gallagher, Natalie Wong, Jack Dean, John Wilkinson, Lapelle’s Factory, RashDash, Daniel Bye, Ellie Harrison and Action Hero, making Equations for a Moving Body and A Conversation With My Father with Hannah Nicklin and mentoring Raquel Castro’s Turma de 95 (based on Third Angel’s Class of ’76).

Alex has recently published writing and drawing about Third Angel's work in There’s A Room: Three Performance Texts by Third Angel (Oberon, 2019), The Twenty First Century Performance Reader (Brayshaw, Fenemore & Witts, Eds., Routledge, 2019), Pinchbeck & Westerside’s Staging Loss (Palgrave MacMillan 2018), the Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research journal volumes Staging The Wreckage (2019), On Value (2013) and On Foot (2012), as well as co-creating the artists' book The Dust Archive with Annie Lloyd.

Industry Expertise (2)

Performing Arts


Areas of Expertise (6)

Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

Documentary Theatre

Autobiographical Storytelling




Affiliations (1)

  • Third Angel : Artistic Director

Languages (1)

  • English

Event Appearances (4)

Mechanisms For Remembering

MEMORY STUDIES ASSOCIATION Third Annual Conference  Complutense University Madrid


Performing Science: How does it make you feel?

TaPRA Performance and Science Working Group Interim Event  Jodrell Bank


24' 51" Living A Lunar Day

TaPRA 2019  University of Exeter


Telling Other People's Stories

TaPRA Interim Event: Training to give evidence: Performer training for verbatim, documentary, biographical and autobiographical performance practices  Northumbria University


Articles (4)

Parts of Third Angel’s ‘Parts for Machines That Do Things’

Performance Research


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Contemporary Theatre Review

2015 Backpages is an opportunity for the academy to engage with theatre and performance practice with immediacy and insight and for theatre workers and performance artists to engage critically and reflectively on their work and the work of their peers.

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Inspiration Exchange: The value of sitting opposite

Performance Research

2013 Over the years, alongside our end-on seated-audience theatre work, Third Angel has returned to the exploration of a mode of performance built on conversation, or interview, with individual audience members. Performance in as much as you know more about what's going to happen than they do.

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The Distance Between Us

Performance Research

2012 In Third Angel's performance piece 9 Billion Miles from Home, artists Gillian Lees and Alexander Kelly were attached to each other via a pulley system that meant that for one of them to move forward, the other had to move back.

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