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Noah Birksted-Breen - Researcher

Noah is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oxford University, working (part-time) on the AHRC-funded project Creative Multilingualism. His research interests centre on international playwriting, translation and documentary theatre. Noah completed a practice-based PhD at Queen Mary, University of London in 2017, titled ‘Alternative Voices in an Acquiescent Society: Translating Russian New Drama for UK stages (2000-2014)’. Noah regularly teaches in London drama departments as a Teaching Fellow at Queen Mary and a Visiting Lecturer at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in subjects including Verbatim Theatre and translation/adaptation. Noah is a practising playwright, director and translator. In 2006-2008, he won a Channel 4 Theatre Directors’ Award and was a resident training director at Hampstead Theatre for eighteen months. He co-authored On the Record with Christine Bacon, produced by iceandfire at the Arcola in 2011, directed by Mike Longhurst, which received Sunday Times and Evening Standard Critics’ Choices. In 2005, Noah founded Sputnik Theatre Company – the only British company dedicated solely to bringing new Russian plays to UK stages. For Sputnik, he has directed and translated new Russian plays for Theatre Royal Plymouth, Southwark Playhouse, Soho Theatre and BBC Radio 3 (http://sputniktheatre.co.uk). Currently, he is working with Midlands-based UK hip-hop artists, Lady Sanity and Stanza Divan, to adapt the Russian play Oxygen by Ivan Viripaev into a UK hip-hop play. There was an R&D period for this project in October 2018, supported by Oxford’sCreative Multilingualism, culminating in a performance extract.

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