- Senior Lecturer in Theatre and PerformanceDepartment of Theatre, Film and Television Studies - Teaching And Research
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
My current research interests focus on two distinct projects: one exploring the multiple sites of encounter between theatre, performance and architecture and the other examining artistic engagements with contemporary running cultures. The first explores the relationships that exist between theatre, performance and architecture within an 'expanded field' of spatial and artistic practice, focussing on contemporary theatre projects and interdisciplinary practices and pedagogies. In the second I am interested in how contemporary artists are using running as a mode of aesthetic enquiry and expression to explore ideas of subjectivity, agency, collectivity and mobility, on how running functions as contemporary performance and social action, and what theatre and performance studies might gain by engaging with the aesthetics of sporting activity.
More broadly my research interests include issues of space, place, location and spectatorship in contemporary theatre and performance, especially the dramaturgical logics and spectatorial practices inherent in site-specific and located performance. Previously my research has focussed on theatre architecture, examining performers' experiences and practices in the backstage spaces of theatre buildings.
- Paul Barrett, 'Being Object-ive: the development and application of Objet Trouvé Assemblages in light of advances in Scenographical theory', PhD: in progress
- Kieran Holland, 'Running and Performance: An embodied and performative examination of recreational distance running', PhD: in progress
- Wei-Juei Hsieh, 'Bajiajiang as Religious Theatre: Belief, People and Transformation of a Ritual Practice', MPhil: successfully completed 2017
- Dr Mike Brookes, 'On a clear day you can see for ever …: Mediation as form and dramaturgy in located performance' PhD by published works: successfully completed 2015
- Polly Walker-Penn, 'Seeing Red: Re-imagining Conservation in Times of Ecological Crisis', KESS funded MPhil: successfully completed 2014
I joined the department in February 2008 having previously taught at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney. I gained my PhD from the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney in 2006.
Co-convenor of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Theatre Architecture Working Group (from 2012 to the present). With Dr Juliet Rufford I have organised the Working Group meetings at the Barcelona (2013), Warwick (2014) and Hyderabad (2015), Stockholm (2016) and São Paulo IFTR conferences. In addition we curated the Shared Practice and Shared Pedagogies events at The 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Further information on the working group is available on our blog site.
Member of the International Federation for Theatre Research.
Member of TaPRA
Member of the Running Cultures Research Network.
Director of Learning and Teaching
Degree Scheme Coordinator for Drama and Theatre