Who Are We?

Proxemics builds theatre out of an exploration of body language and movement. Using non-verbal communication we build characters, relationships, and explore human interaction.

In the theatre, we often search for different ways of expressing or communicating emotions and feelings. Ordinarily, in daily life, communication is found not only through speech, but also through paralanguage - how we speak, and with our bodies to express. Body language is a subconscious form of movement, making it equally interesting to explore on stage and difficult to harness without using our conscious mind. Having undertaken research to find ways of devising and choreographing body language, as well as ongoing development of new ideas, Proxemics looks to uncover the intricacies of human interaction.



Artistic Director - Emily Tandy

Emily recently graduated with a First in Drama and English Literature from the University of Manchester, and now works as both a Director and Choreographer. Emily began dancing at a young age, developing this passion over the years through the dramatic arts, and has become particularly interested in the role that movement takes in the theatre. After researching the use of body language in theatre, Emily founded Proxemics in order to continue and further this line of research and style of practice.


Previous credits include: Director of the world premiere of Judith Weir’s opera, Armida; Director of MIFTA award winning play Aldo; Director of Angels In America (Meera Syal prize for Outstanding Practical Work); Director of The Importance of Being Earnest and Choreographer for NODA award winning Chicago.

Producer - Bria Cotton

Bria is the Producer for Proxemics and has enjoyed this line of work during her time at university. She was the Head Producer for a comedy sketch society, as well as Events Managers for other university societies. In her spare time she tries to teach herself Mandarin Chinese and catch up on her ever-growing reading list. She particularly enjoys narratives that use fantastical and horror elements to disturb our sense of reality in order to make sense of it.