Bryoni Trezise

Senior Lecturer

I am a researcher, teacher and dramaturg located in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW Australia.

My research develops interdisciplinary conversations between performance studies and cultural studies. I am currently working on a research project titled The Viral Child – examining how contemporary childhoods are built through the practices and effects of digital media. I am interested in how new assemblages of resistant and resilient children appear from within the temporal and narrative conditions of digital life and in how children engage with digital culture in both online and offline spaces.

Before this, my work in memory studies examined performative shifts in the cultural and digital mediation of historical trauma. In analysing the ways that archives, memorials and other popular forms of collective recollection encourage us to experience the past, I developed new frameworks for considering the persuasive dynamics of memory formations and effects. In my book, Performing Feeling in Cultures of Memory I trace the extension of these areas in relation to theories of affect, feeling and spectatorship.

In both my research and my teaching I am passionate about the intersections of creativity and critical thinking across a range of genres and forms. These include: making live performance, creative approaches to scholarly research, performative methods of learning and teaching, writing for performance and the application of performative thinking to the world around us. I teach contemporary theatre and performance, creative practice and communication and presentation skills, and cultural and critical theory. I supervise Honours and postgraduate students working in any of these areas or more – recent Honours projects have included a performance work on digital intimacy, an analysis of dramaturgy in the Australian theatre industry, and modes of spectatorship in video gaming.

I am also passionate about engaging directly with the arts industry. My research for Regional Arts NSW developed impact statistics on the economic and social value of the arts to regional communities. My reviews for RealTime Magazine and The Conversation develop conversations with a wider public about the contemporary relevance of significant theatre and performance works that shift ideas, aesthetics and histories. And my background as a creative practitioner on youth and community performance projects with PACT Youth Theatre and my dramaturgy on a variety of performance projects with leading national artists gives me the privilege of working directly with those artists who make work to change the world.  

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Trezise B, 2014, Performing Feeling in Cultures of Memory, 1st, Palgrave, Houndmillls, Basingstoke, http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=673828
2014
Trezise B; Wake C, (ed.), 2013, Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma, In Between States, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/details.asp?eln=203475
2013
Book Chapters
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Trezise B, 2019, 'Acting on Behalf of Themselves: The Theatrical Politics of Child's Play', in The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics, Routledge, pp. 272 - 274, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203731055-69
2019
Trezise BA, 2014, 'Choreographing With Light', in Brannigan E; Baxter V (ed.), Bodies of Thought. 12 Australian Choreographers., edn. 1st, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, pp. 64 - 71, http://www.wakefieldpress.com.au/product.php?productid=1172&cat=0&page=&featured=Y
2014
Trezise B, 2013, 'Grave Dancing: Divergent Recollection Along the Tourist Traumascape', in Wake C; Trezise B (ed.), Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma, edn. In Between States, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, pp. 176 - 198, http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/details.asp?ELN=203475
2013
Wake C; Trezise B, 2013, 'From Sight to Site: Performance in Memory and Trauma Studies', in Trezise B; Wake C (ed.), Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, pp. 11 - 28, http://www.mtp.hum.ku.dk/details.asp?eln=203475
2013
Trezise B; Wake C, 2013, 'Disabling Spectacle: Curiosity, Contempt and Collapse in Performance Theatre', in Eckersall P; Grehan H (ed.), ‘We're People Who Do Shows’: Back to Back Theatre - Performance Politics Visibility, Performance Research Books, Aberystwyth, pp. 118 - 131
2013
Trezise BA, 2009, 'Belated Spaces: Embodying Embodiment in Holocaust Tourism', in Counsell C; Mock R (ed.), Performance Embodiment and Cultural Memory, edn. 1st, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pp. 80 - 96
2009
Journal articles
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Trezise B, 2020, 'Minor Representations: From Anne Frank to Bana Alabed – The Radically Performative Literacies of a Viral Child', Forum for Modern Language Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqaa006
2020
Trezise B, 2019, 'Performing at the interval: Perambulations of the maternal child in an Australian youth-based arts practice', Youth Theatre Journal, vol. 33, pp. 119 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08929092.2019.1688211
2019
Trezise B, 2019, 'Breathtaking performance: 'A room with no air's' exhaustive aesthetics of holocaust memory', Australasian Drama Studies, vol. 74, pp. 129 - 160, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=381608956184522;res=IELNZC
2019
Trezise B, 2019, 'Stealth Pedagogies: The Radical Value of Thinking with Performance', Theatre Topics, vol. 29, pp. 141 - 151, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/tt.2019.0020
2019
Trezise BA, 2018, 'Future Visions: A Pre-Performative History of Infant Theatricality', Theatre Journal, vol. 70, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/tj.2018.0001
2018
Trezise BA, 2018, 'Troubling the Image-Work of Children in the Age of the Viral Child: Re-Working the Figure of the Child', Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, vol. 10, pp. 22 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jeu.2018.0001
2018
Trezise BA, 2018, 'Do Algorithms Dance? Viral Kids and Contagious Scripts', Performance Research, vol. 23, pp. 76 - 84, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2018.1460452
2018
Trezise BA, 2017, 'What Does the Baby Selfie Say? Seeing Ways of ‘Self-Seeing’ in Infant Digital Cultures', M/C Journal, vol. 20, http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/1263
2017
Trezise BA, 2017, 'The Mother of All Wombs: Tracing the labour of maternal effacement in visual and theatrical cultures of motherhood', Performance Research, vol. 22, pp. 113 - 122, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2017.1374755
2017
Trezise B, 2014, 'Images that Sense Us', Performance Research, vol. 19, pp. 37 - 45, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2014.985092
2014
Trezise BA, 2012, 'Spectatorship that Hurts: Socíetas Raffaello Sanzio as Meta-affective Theatre of Memory', Theatre Research International, vol. 37, pp. 205 - 220, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0307883312000879
2012
Trezise BA, 2011, 'Touching Virtual Trauma: Performative Empathics in Second Life', Memory Studies, vol. 5, pp. 392 - 409, http://mss.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/12/08/1750698011426355.full.pdf+html
2011
Trezise BA, 2011, 'Discursive Belonging: Surviving Narrative in Migrant Oral History', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 17, http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/csrj/article/view/1732/
2011
Trezise BA; Wake C, 2009, 'On the Ethics of Non-Disclosure: a Roundtable with Urban Theatre Projects and Collaborators', Performance Paradigm, vol. 5, pp. n/a - n/a, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/journal/issue-52/interview/on-the-ethics-of-non-disclosure-a-roundtable-with-urban-theatre-projects-and-collaborators/
2009
Wake C; Trezise BA, 2009, 'Introduction to After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory', Performance Paradigm, vol. 5, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/journal/issue-51/articles/introduction-after-effects-performing-the-ends-of-memory/
2009
Trezise BA, 2009, 'After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory, an Introduction to Volume II', Performance Paradigm, vol. 5, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/journal/issue-52/articles/after-effects-performing-the-ends-of-memory-an-introduction-to-volume-ii/
2009
Trezise BA, 2009, 'Ambivalent Bereavement: Embodying Loss in the Twenty-First Century', Performance Paradigm, vol. 5
2009
Trezise BA, 2008, 'Ambivalent Apparitions: The Pop-Psychic Art of TV Medium John Edward', Performance Research, vol. 13, pp. 100 - 110
2008
Trezise BA, 2008, 'Recovering Memories: Versions of a Misreremembered Australian Body', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 29, pp. 155 - 175
2008
Trezise BA, 2008, 'The Red Velvet Seat: Women`s Writing on the First Fifty Years of Cinema', Amateur Filmmaking. The Home, The Archive, The Web., vol. 49, pp. 507 - 510
2008
Other
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Trezise BA, 2016, 'Entertaining Children: The Participation of Youth in the Entertainment Industry' [Book review], Theatre Research International 41.3 (October 2016), pp. 277-278, Cambridge University Press (CUP): HSS Journals - No Cambridge Open, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0307883316000456
2016
Trezise BA, 2010, Book review. Theatre & series, edited by Jen Harvie and Dan Rebellato
2010
Trezise BA, 2008, The Theatre of Societas Raffaello Sanzio [Book Review], http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=792584418967423;res=IELHSS
2008
Trezise BA, 2008, Book review. Living History Museums: Undoing History Through Performance
2008
Trezise BA, 2008, Book review. The Red Velvet Seat: Women`s Writing on the First Fifty Years of Cinema
2008