Niki Tulk

Assistant Professor Theatre
Performing Arts
Performing Arts Division


Niki Tulk is an Australian theatre-maker, performer/improviser, poet, and performance studies scholar. Her research explores a feminist, embodied and ethical poetics around the performance of trauma experience. Niki's most recent installation and solo work explores violence against women through the material practice of writing and book-making, focusing on the macabre, 19thcentury practice of binding texts in female, human skin. She holds two separate doctorates from the University of Colorado Boulder: in Theatre and Performance Studies; and in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance.

Niki studied Literature, Music and Theatre-Making at both the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia, where she also worked extensively in youth and community theatre. She has a Masters of Education from the University of Georgia, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, NYC, where she also taught practice-based research to undergraduate artists at Parsons School of Design for several years. While in NYC, Niki directed a multi-year project theatricalizing Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons at Theater for the New City. In Boulder, she has directed for square product theatre company, the CU New Play Festival, and assistant directed for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She was awarded Best Director for Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice—which won seven Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Merit awards. Niki toured a co-devised piece exploring stigma around PTSD to Australia, and her solo piece Ophelia|Leaves played at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC, as well as in the ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio in Boulder.

Niki has published poetry, fiction, and literary criticism in multiple journals, including Emergency Index, The Saranac Review Tenth Anniversary Edition, The Sheepshead Review, The Feminist Wire, The Journal of Language and Literacy Education, The West Trade Review, Southerly and Antipodes.Her novella Before Rainwas a finalist for the 2017 international Miami Book Fair/deGroot Prize, and she is the co-founding editor of PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research. Niki has been studying with Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater) for many years and her international, collaborative arts practice combines physical improvisation, music/sound, material and language-based poetics--and occasionally (and preferably) a custom-made re-pluckable chicken. 

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