Dr. Niki Tulk is an Australian inter/multi-disciplinary performance artist, researcher|scholar, writer & theatre director based in the US. She draws inspiration from poetics, trauma studies, visual art, somatics, ecofeminism and depth psychology, as well as the plethora of wise humans, trees and animals with whom she travels the planet. Niki studied with Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater) for many years, and is a certified teacher of Action Theater™️, as well as a teacher trainee in Alexander Technique. She also performs multi-modal improvisation as part of Walking Backwards. Niki's collaborative arts practice combines theatre, music/sound, material and language-based poetics—and occasionally a custom-made re-pluckable chicken.
Dr. Tulk holds two PhDs from the University of Colorado Boulder: in Theatre & Performance Studies, and in Intermedia Art, Writing & Performance. Her experimental poetry book O, winner of the Driftwood Poetry Prize, explores the stories we craft around violence, womanhood, and justice (Driftwood Press 2022). Niki's monograph Performing the Wound: Practicing a Feminist Theatre of Becoming (Routledge 2022) explores a feminist, embodied and ethical poetics around the performance of trauma experience.
Niki studied Literature, Music and Theatre Making at both the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts. She has a Masters in Education from the University of Georgia and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, NYC, where she also taught practice-based research to undergraduate artists at Parsons The New School for Design.
As a trauma-informed pedagogue, transformative educator, director, workshop facilitator and speaker, Niki empowers and skills artists, educators, and K-PhD students to fall in love with their own genius and create life-changing art. For more information, please visit the Contact Page.