Bryoni Trezise

Senior Lecturer

As a senior lecturer in theatre and performance studies in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW, my background in performance enables me to explore vital connections between teaching, research and writing, and creativity.  

When I am researching, I am using the principles of my discipline – seeing the social and cultural world ‘as’ performance – to understand how the world works, how it transforms and where it might need to change next. This form of thinking has led me to win prestigious prizes for my interventions in diverse cultural and academic fields, such as memory studies and childhood studies.

My book, Performing Feeling in Cultures of Memory explores the roles of emotion and feeling in public cultures of memory by analysing the ways that archives and memorials encourage new generations to experience the past. It employs a range of methodologies, including archival research undertaken as part of a State Library of NSW Fellowship, which was awarded to write a fictionalised account of my family’s history of migration. I am now reworking this material into a children’s book.

My current research project, Being and Becoming a Viral Child, investigates how today’s young people use screen-based media to give language, voice and vision to conceptions of their own agency. Children and young people are involved in performing complex meanings about childhood. My research interrogates what it means to assume the rhetorical position of acting ‘like’ a child and has helped me to understand the vital role young people have played in shaping new media ecologies during COVID19.

Whether I am teaching, researching, or working on my own fiction writing, I am passionate about the role of creativity in underpinning all models of education, and in advocating for its vitality in building a resilient and dynamic future for our society.

In my teaching, I help students to develop creative approaches to solving real-world problems by experimenting with non-traditional methods of classroom delivery. In “Solo 2020” students developed astounding responses to the challenge of making “digitally live” performance works. More broadly, I teach creative practice, communication and presentation skills, cultural and critical theory and theatre and performance. I supervise Honours and postgraduate students working in any of these areas or more – recent Honours projects have included creative practice research on digital intimacy, an industry analysis of dramaturgy in Australian theatre, and ethnographies of spectatorship in video gaming.

I also have a history of engagement 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 significance of theatre and performance. And my background as a dramaturg on youth performance projects with PACT Youth Theatre and a variety of projects with national artists has given me the privilege of working with the artists whose work aims to change the world.  

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, vol. 56, pp. 115 - 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqaa006
2020
Trezise B, 2020, 'Performative pedagogies: feeling the experience of being (the) social in twenty-first century learning', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, vol. 25, pp. 465 - 479, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2020.1789454
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, '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
Trezise BA, 2008, 'Recovering Memories: Versions of a Misreremembered Australian Body', Australian Feminist Law Journal, vol. 29, pp. 155 - 175
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

I was winner of the 2019 Forum Essay Prize in Forum for Modern Languages for my article 'Minor Representations: From Anne Frank to Bana Alabed - the Radically Performative Literacies of a Viral Child'

I was winner of the 2013 Marlis Thiersch Research Award for excellence in English-language articles anywhere in the world in the broad field of drama, theatre and performance studies for my article 'Spectatorship that Hurts: Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio as Meta-affective Theatre of Memory'

I was awarded the Milt Luger Fellowship at the State Library of NSW in 2005 for my research into migrant narratives as narratives of survival.

Contemporary performance; Australian theatre; cultural memory; museums: archives; memorials, children and youth.

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