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.