As one of the first tertiary performance studies departments in the world, we regularly attract international academic visitors who come to observe our unique program. Our staff are widely recognised researchers in the fields of theatre, dramaturgy, dance, community theatre, music and sport.
Some of our graduates move into professional theatre, dance, production management, drama teaching or arts administration, while others use insights from this discipline and the research skills they have acquired to inform their careers in law, medicine, public administration, social justice and foreign affairs. Many of our students undertake postgraduate study and teach at tertiary level.
Theatre and Performance Studies looks at a broad range of aesthetic, social and everyday performances across theatre, dance or live art and the stage, to the performative dimensions of politics, sport, cinema and popular culture. Explore a range of different approaches to performance making, engage with professional artists-in-residence and learn how to document performative events and build these observations into a detailed critical analysis.
Research in Theatre and Performance Studies engages with a broad range of aesthetic, social and everyday performances, from practices that we might readily recognise as theatre, dance or live art through to the performative dimensions of law, politics, sport and other kinds of activity.
We are concerned in the broadest possible way with the phenomenon of performance and the processes involved in its production and reception. Some of our areas of expertise include:
Expressions of interest for the 2021 Rex Cramphorn Studio artist-in-residence program are now open. We are looking for project proposals from professional artists, whose work connects with teaching and research in the Department. We encourage applications for projects from diverse genres and forms, and at any stage in their development.
Artist residencies are offered with the condition that artists be open to engage with students and academics; this may include student observation, class participation or invitations to showings.
To apply, please read the Terms of Hire (pdf, 209 KB) and complete the online application form. The deadline for 2021 EOIs is 11.59pm AEST, Friday 27 November 2020. If you have any questions please contact the Project Coordinator
We have two studio facilities available to outside practitioners. Both are located in the Department, Level 1 of the John Woolley Building, A20, and are accessed from Manning Rd.
The Rex Cramphorn Studio was named to commemorate a brilliant man of the theatre who had a long and important involvement with the Department.
The Studio is an open rectangular space which can be used for rehearsal, workshops or performance in various flexible formats.
In addition to the main sprung floor, there is a small foyer space with kitchenette, toilets and space for some seats. Above the entrance is a mezzanine with toilets, changing rooms and showers. The Studio is equipped with a semi flexible lighting grid and some rated rigging positions, a small theatre lighting package and control, an audio control desk and a pa system.
The Audio-Visual Studio is a flat-floor seminar room equipped with audio and visual equipment, as well as blackout shutters. It is suitable for workshops, seminars and video screenings.
The department publishes a peer-reviewed journal, About Performance, which provides an international forum for analysis, theory and critique by academic researchers and performance makers. We welcome articles that bring theoretical perspectives derived from other disciplines to bear on performance practice. The journal is published annually, and each issue is devoted to a single theme.
Editor: Ian Maxwell
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UPDATE: In light of COVID-19 developments, please be advised that most University events will be held online.
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Banner image: Artists in residence with the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, in the Rex Cramphorn Studio. Theatre Kantanka, Obscene Madame D, 2018. Photo: Heidrun Löhr.