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Ileana Gherghina (b. 1981, Romania)


I am part of the Live Art Performance Group – LAPER Oxford

Co – founder of Nu Nu Platform: a research-through-practice theatre platform. Nu Nu comprises CASL (Centre for Actors in a Second Language) and Nu Nu Theatre Company.



University of Bristol, Bristol, UK                                                        2010 – 2012

MA in Performance Research – Merit

My research was focused on Directing, with an emphasis on defining my own creative technique, which I call the ‘childlike approach’. Other courses I undertook were devising, alongside a scenography course and live art/performance art history and practice.

National University of Theatre and Film, I.L. Caragiale, Bucharest, Romania                                                                                                                                              2000 – 2004

BA in Acting for Stage and Screen – First Class Honours


Special training: My studies have included the Stanislavski technique with Prof Venjiamin Filshtinski, from The Arts Academy, St. Petersburg – Stanislavski’s Last Cahiers, Commedia dell’Arte, Physical theatre, Poetry, Dramaturgy, Dario Fo technique, Theatre History, Acting for Screen, Philosophy, Psychology, Analysis of the Acting Processes.


Artistic Activity






Emotionally behind performance | Learning, adding, anything (LAPER) | Ark-T | Oxford


Arts Council performance | Sip and fulfil new grounds  (LAPER) | Ark-T | Oxford


IT’S THE FORK’S FAULT video | Intervals International Media Art Festival as part of the celebration of the 800th anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod, NFTapping Pitch at Intervals Festival.




POEMS reciting/audio | Sound art radio platform | Helsinky, Finland


INSIDE video art | 23 International Multimedia Art Festival IMAF 2021, Serbia


SELF-SUFFICIENT BREAD photography | Economia Donut, organised by The Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil


SHAKESPEARE SONNETS reciting/audioPixelache Helsinky Festival, Finland (commissioned)


BREAD WOMAN (helter-skelter) photography/video | The Gallery Art Factory Flox Kirschau, Germany


EXPERIMENT IONESCO video| International Theatre Institute | World Theatre Day 2021, Online Celebration



NOSTALGIA video performance | 4’33” Residencia, Ecuador | Gallery of Modern Art ‘Mundana Andwerpen’, Belgium | Museum of Contemporary Art ‘MANU’ Ecuador | Virtual Gallery <<433 Residencia>>


RURAL WOMEN’S DAY video art | ARKTIK – The Institute for the Future, Croatia (commissioned)


ORACLES IN SEPIA performance video | Compass Presents, Bristol (commissioned)


I FOUND THE PERFECT PINK video art | Simultan Art Festival Timisoara, Romania


FISH MASK video art | Shinano Primitive Sense Art Festival, Japan


INTOXICATED GIRL video performance | NOXE online project organised by Nu Nu Theatre,Bristol

| 22nd International Multimedia Art Festival IMAF, Serbia


PORRIDGE video performance | 180 Seconds Art Festival, Gothenburg (commissioned)


BREAD OF BRISTOL video and photography  | Project commissioned by the University of Bristol Temple Quarter Engagement Fund


UN-CAN-NY NATURE video installation | Kokkonet Copenhagen,  Denmark


 PAPER FACE performance | LAPER Group Oxford, Blue Room –  St. Aldates, Oxford


2019   NANO FEELINGS performance | LAPER Group Oxford, Blue Room – St. Aldates, Oxford


EXPERIMENT IONESCO theatre/installation | HighFest International Performing Arts Festival (official selection) Yerevan, Armenia


      HUMAN POISON performance | Lead – One Day Performance Festival, Headington Hill Hall Oxford

| Reversed Event, University of Bristol, White Theatre (organized by Nu Nu Theatre)


        FRIENDS FOR 5 MINUTES performance | LAPER Group Oxford, Blue Room – St. Aldates Oxford


2018  MUMMY – A REMEMBERING THE OTHER performance | Modern Art Oxford, Squash and Stretch book launch


       BANDIT theatre/installation | HighFest International Performing Arts Festival (official selection) Yerevan, Armenia


      WITCHES DAUGHTERS performance | Ashmolean Museum Spellbound Live Friday, Oxford


     WINTER FAIRY performance | Hogacre Common Art Show Oxford


      EGG – HAMLET 2 performance/installation | Squash and Stretch Festival Oxford, Headington Hill Hall Oxford


2017  LORD BORIS theatre/performance| Elastic Festival Oxford Headington Hill Hall


       BANDIT theatre/performance | commissioned by LAPER Oxford Brookes University Arena Space, Richard Hamilton Building


       EGG–HAMLET 1 installation | The Vestibules Gallery Bristol


       POMANAHamlet Event (organized by Nu Nu Theatre) | exhibition Frilagret Gothenburg, Sweden


2016 LORD BORIS theatre/performance | Gothenburg Fringe Festival,  Frilagret Gothenburg, Sweden

| White Theatre, University of Bristol


     BANDIT theatre/performance/installation | Frilagret Gothenburg, Sweden


   EXPERIMENT IONESCO theatre/installation | Bristol Old Vic, 250 Years Anniversary


2015 BILLIE KILLER theatre/performance | Arnolfini Gallery Bristol, Dark Studio

| LAPsody Festival Helsinki, University of Art Helsinki


    EXPERIMENT IONESCO theatre/installation | Sir Robert Martin Theatre Loughborough University (commissioned)


2014 EXPERIMENT IONESCO theatre/installation | Round House London, Accidental Festival (organized by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama London)


       BILLIE KILLER theatre/performance | White Theatre, University of Bristol


2013 EXPERIMENT IONESCO theatre/installation | Inside Arts: Festival of the Arts and Humanities Bristol (commissioned by University of Bristol) | Stroud Theatre Festival


2012 EXPERIMENT IONESCO theatre/installation | Wickham Theatre  Bristol, University of Bristol


2011 TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE theatre | Wickham Theatre

Bristol, University of Bristol


Workshops | Residencies


The Vestibules, Bristol Residency | Oresteia in the Place of an Orangutan | 2021

University of Bristol, UK | White Theatre Residency | 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013

Spike Island Bristol, UK Residency | Waiting for Godot | 2018

Oxford Brookes University, UK Workshop | Childhood Memories | 2017

Loughborough University, UK Workshop |Childlike | 2015

Helsinki Art University, Finland Workshop | 2015

Arnolfini Gallery Bristol, UK Residency | 2015

University of Bristol, UK Workshop | Postgraduate Symposium | 2014



Paddler Press’s Volume 2 Roots & Wings | Toronto, Canada | Poems |2021

TAPRA 2021 (bursary recipient)| Liverpool Hope University | Paper ‘Unknowing our actor training or un-bonsai-ing the bonsai – the childlike approach to theatre-making’ |2021

WordCity Literary Journal, Canada | Poems Women’s rights in the workplace | 2021

IFTR Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway | Paper Theatre in the place of animals/Oresteia in the Place of an Orangutan |2021

WordCity Literary Journal, Canada | Poems (M)othering |2021

Live Art and Performance Group, Oxford | Squash & Stretch Texts | 2019

University of The Arts, Helsinki | Case of Emergency : Emergent Writings on Live Art and Performance | 2016


Awards and Grants

University of Bristol Temple Quarter Engagement Fund

Theatre Bristol, UK Agent Grant

Alumni Foundation, University of Bristol, UK

Arts Council England and National Lottery Funding UK

‘’Biggest Face Punch’’ Award (for uncompromisingly capturing the essence of oppression, in the production BANDIT) | Gothenburg Fringe Festival | 2016