Rebecca joined Wrexham Glyndŵr University in 2012. She holds a position of Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance and is Programme Leader for the Theatre, Television and Performance degree.
Rebecca is Personal Tutor for Level 6, and teaches on the following modules on the degree: Movement Studies, Contemporary Theatre Practices, Physical Theatre, Practice as Research, New Media, New Theatre, New Writing, New Futures and Live Performance. She has recently directed ‘A Street of Crocodiles’ on the degree, and has choreographed several productions such as ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Rebecca is supervising several PhD students.
Rebecca is an Academic Lecturer, Researcher, and Performance-Maker. Her practice lies between theatre and dance, and she also collaborates with artists working in a range of disciplines (dance, performance, sound, video and installation). Rebecca has worked with the Japanese experimental theatre company Gekidan Kaitaisha (Theatre of Deconstruction) on various projects in Europe and Japan since 2004.
For her doctoral studies, Rebecca conducted practice-based research under the supervision of Professor Susan Melrose and Dr. Signy Henderson, and she successfully defended her thesis titled ‘Working with Gekidan Kaitaisha: Addressing the Complexity of the Self of the Performer as Other’ in 2013.
Rebecca has previously taught at Swansea Metropolitan University and Middlesex University, and has led independent workshops for practitioners.
Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys family life with her busy role as a mother to Soren, and spending her time outdoors, practicing yoga, writing, experimenting with vegan cooking, and going to the theatre.
PhD (Middlesex University)
MA Cultural Performance (Bristol University)
BA (Hons) Performance Studies and English (Aberystwyth University)
Rebecca is currently developing her doctoral research, which is concerned with performance-making practices for contemporary audiences and addresses the complexity of the self of the performer as other. She is additionally engaged with several collaborative practice-led research projects.
Her research interests include:
- Contemporary Japanese performance, cultural hybridization and transcultural collaboration.
- Performer-bodyness and performer-selfhood.
- Performer expertise and collaborative performance processes.
- Walking, landscape and performance.
BA (Hons) Theatre, Television and Performance
Contemporary Theatre Practices
Practice as Research
New Media, New Theatre, New Writing, New Futures
Colin, N. & Woodford-Smith, R. (2012) ‘Bodies in Motion: Working Through Plurality, (De)Parsing Bodies’, Skepsi: The Interdisciplinary Online Journal of European Thought and Theory in Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume V, Issue 1, Canterbury: School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent.
Jun Pearce, M. & Woodford-Smith, R. (2012) ‘The (Dis)location of Time and Space: Trans-cultural Collaborations in Tokyo’, Journal of Media Practice, Volume 13, Number 3, Bristol: Intellect Journals.
'From Tokyo and the Tokyo Marathon Walk: Walking as a Performative-Dialogue (Reflecting and Recollecting our Experience as Walkers in Tokyo)', collaborative paper with Jun Pearce, M., Performance, Place, Possibility: Performance in Contemporary Urban Contexts Symposium, University of Leeds (2014).
'Virtual and Embodied Places of Transmission in Performer Training, Practice and Collaboration', Performer Training Working Group, Theatre and Performance Research Association, University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2013).
'Tracing Traces: Locating Training in the In-between Transcultural Performer Self', Performer Training Working Group, Theatre and Performance Research Association, University of Kent (2012).
‘The (Dis)Location of Time and Place: Locating the Distributed Actional Self whilst Collaborating with Gekidan Kaitaisha in Tokyo’, Collaboration Symposium, Middlesex University (2012).
‘The (Dis)Location of Time and Space in Tokyo as Experienced Whilst Collaborating With Gekidan Kaitaisha and Through the Site/Memory Mapping Project: Tokyo Marathon Walk’, collaborative paper with Jun Pearce, M., Journeys Across Media: ‘Times Tells’ Conference, Reading University (2012).
Response to ShoutCry Room, Video installation of solo performance, collaboration with Charles Matthews and Oi Nuen Sprunt, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2014).
From Tokyo: Site/Memory Mapping Project, Sound/video installation, collaboration with Mikyoung Jun Pearce, Performance, Place, Possibility: Performance in Contemporary Urban Contexts Symposium, Ludus Festival (2014).
Resounding-Atseinio, work-in-progress performance with Chris Young, Siriol Joyner and Robert Gwyn Davin, DIY Festival, WalesLab Pollinate Residency, National Theatre Wales, Anglesey (2013).
Anglesey to Anyang: Site Memory Mapping Project, work-in-progress sound/video installation with Mikyoung Jun Pearce, DIY Festival, WalesLab Pollinate Residency, National Theatre Wales, Anglesey (2013).
From Tokyo and 5000 Miles and 8 Hours Apart: Site/Memory Mapping Project, Sound/video installations; collaboration with Mikyoung Jun Pearce, Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, Aberystwyth Arts Centre (2012).
Response to ShoutCry Room, solo performance created in collaboration with musician Charles Matthews, in response to ShoutCry Room, by visual artist Oi Nuen Sprunt, New Diorama Theatre, London (2012).
Polytempi, performer, work-in-progress performance with Noyale Colin, Florence Peake, Steve Tromans and JJ Wheeler, On Collaboration Symposium, Middlesex University (2012).
Jouissance System, performer, Gekidan Kaitaisha, director Shimizu Shinjin/choreographer Hino Hiruko, Canvas Studio, Tokyo, Japan (2012).
Tokyo Marathon Walk: Site/Memory Mapping Project, collaborative walking project with Mikyoung Jun Pearce, Tokyo, Japan (2012).
PAF Residency, collaboration with Noyale Colin, Performing Arts Forum, St. Erme, France (2011).
Yng Nghysgod Yr Haul, dancer, Cwmni Dawns Dwsin y Daith in collaboration with Cwmni Dawns Rhuddem Dance Company, choreographer Catherine Young, Theatr Felinfach (2011).
Dream Regime - Era of the Sick, performer, Gekidan Kaitaisha, director Shimizu Shinjin/choreographer Hino Hiruko, Morishita Studio, Tokyo, Japan (2011).
Inorganic, performer, Gekidan Kaitaisha, director Shimizu Shinjin/choreographer Hino Hiruko, Canvas Studio, Tokyo, Japan (2010).
Of the Sea, director/dramaturge, Swansea Metropolitan University with Memopia Theatre (Cherry Franklin and Rebecca Woodford-Smith), Townhill Theatre, Swansea and Chapter Theatre, Cardiff (2010).