Caroline Wake

Senior Lecturer

Caroline Wake is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance in the School of the Arts and Media. In broad terms, she researches the relationship between politics and performance and within that she has several interests. Firstly, in theatre and migration, including the participation, representation and self-determination of refugees and asylum seekers in contemporary performance and visual art. Secondly, documentary theatres including autobiography and performed oral history. Thirdly, in the cultural afterlives of performance, including reviews, photographic and filmic documentation, archives, and representations of performance in other media. This work has been published in her edited book, Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma (2013, with Bryoni Trezise) as well as in journals such as Theatre Research International, Text & Performance Quarterly, New Theatre Quarterly, Modern Drama, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and History & Memory. Most of these are also available open-access via UNSWorks.

Caroline is a Board Member (Awards Officer) of Performance Studies international (PSi), the discipline’s peak body. She is Editor of Performance Paradigm, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to contemporary theatre, performance and visual art in the Asia-Pacific. She is Associate Editor of Performance Research and recent Guest Editor, with Dr Emma Cox (Royal Holloway), of Research in Drama Education's special issue "Envisioning Asylum/Engendering Crisis".

Outside the university, Caroline serves as Board Member for PACT Centre for Emerging Artists. In 2015, she wrote the UNSW submission to, and then appeared in person at, the Senate Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget on the Arts. The submission was cited in the final report. She is also a long-time theatre reviewer, having worked for RealTime arts magazine for over a decade. She now reviews for The Conversation.

Caroline welcomes supervisions in any of the above areas or contemporary performance more broadly.

Research Interests

Contemporary theatre, performance, and visual art; visual culture; migration and migrant cultural studies; Australian studies; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies; critical legal studies

Current Research Grants

2018-22. Australian Research Council Linkage Project. iDesign: Reformulating Set Design Aesthetics via a Dialogical Model of Interactivity. CIs: Prof Dennis Del Favero, Prof, Maurice Pagnucco, Dr Caroline Wake, Dr Susanne Thurow, Prof, Dr Lawrence Wallen; Prof Maria Malvina Borgherini, Mr Kip Williams, Mr Michael Scott-Mitchell. ($542,916)

2017. Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities. AusStage Phase 6: Researching Australian Live Performance: Venues, Visualisation, and Internationalisation. CIs: Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Joanne Tompkins, Prof Rachel Fensham, A/Prof Maryrose Casey, Dr Glenn D'Cruz, Dr Gillian Arrighi, Dr Jonathan Marshall, Prof John O'Toole, Dr Bree Hadley, A/Prof Ian Maxwell, Dr Caroline Wake, Prof Peta Tait, Dr Margaret Hamilton, Ms Janine Barrand. ($465,000)

2016-18. Australian Research Council Discovery Project. Power and Performance: Revaluing Theatre in the 21st CenturyCIs: Prof Helena Grehan, Prof Edward Scheer, Dr Eddie Paterson, Dr Caroline Wake. PIs: Prof Peter Eckersall, Prof Janelle Reinelt. ($137,455)

2015-17. Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellowship 2015. Restoring the Contemporary: Remembering Live Art at The Performance Space. CI: Dr Caroline Wake ($327,849)

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Trezise B; Wake C, (ed.), 2013, Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma, In Between States, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen,
2013
Book Chapters
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Wake C, 2018, 'Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Liveworks 2017', in Khan J; Pearce T; Winten K (ed.), Performance Space Reflections on Liveworks 2017, Performance Space, Sydney, pp. 10 - 12,
2018
Wake C, 2015, 'Performing Authenticity in the Refugee Determination Process', in Cox E (ed.), Staging Asylum Contemporary Australian Plays about Refugees, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills
2015
Wake C, 2014, 'The Complexity of Courage: Roslyn Oades' Headphone Verbatim Trilogy', in Acts of Courage: Three Headphone Verbatim Play, Currency Press, Sydney, pp. vii - xviii,
2014
Wake C; Talbot A, 2014, '"Story, Silence, Song and Site: The Multiplicity of Testimony in The Fence"', in Forsyth A (ed.), The Methuen Drama Anthology of Testimonial Plays, Bloomsbury, London, pp. 75 - 82,
2014
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,
2013
Trezise BA; Wake C, 2013, 'From Sight to Site: Performance in Memory and Trauma Studies', in Trezise B; Wake C (ed.), Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma, edn. In Between States, Museum Tusculanum Press, pp. 11 - 31,
2013
Wake C, 2013, 'The Accident and the Account: Towards a Taxonomy of Spectatorial Witness in Theatre and Performance Studies', in Trezise B; Wake C (ed.), Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma, edn. In Between States, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, pp. 33 - 56,
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
Wake C, 2012, 'Interrogating Theatre: Version 1.0's War on Terror Trilogy', in Remixing Politics: 3 Documentary Theatre Works, edn. 1, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, N.S.W., pp. vii - xxii
2012
Mumford M; Wake C, 2010, 'A Short History of Verbatim Theatre', in Brown P (ed.), Verbatim: Staging Memory and Community, edn. Original, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, NSW, pp. 9 - 17
2010
Wake C, 2010, 'Verbatim Theatre Within a Spectrum of Practices', in Brown P (ed.), Verbatim: Staging Memory and Community, edn. Original, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, Sydney, pp. 6 - 8
2010
Wake C, 2010, 'The Laramie Project: Performing the Play in the USA and Australia', in Brown P (ed.), Verbatim: Staging Memory and Community, edn. Original, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, Sydney, pp. 25 - 36
2010
Wake C, 2010, 'Towards a Working Definition of Verbatim Theatre', in Brown P (ed.), Verbatim: Staging Memory and Community, edn. Original, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, Sydney, pp. 2 - 5
2010
Journal articles
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Wake C; Willis E, 2018, 'Politics, Performance, and Non-Participation', Performance Paradigm, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 9,
2018
Wake C, 2018, 'Two Decades of Digital Pedagogies in the Performing Arts: A Comparative Survey of Theatre, Performance, and Dance', International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, vol. 14, pp. 52 - 69,
2018
Wake C, 2018, 'Postcard from the Edge: Tom Holloway's Beyond the Neck and the Limits of Verbatim', Australasian Drama Studies, vol. 72, pp. 100 - 125,
2018
Wake C, 2018, 'On Clinical, Cultural and Theatrical Trauma', Performance Research, vol. 23, pp. 219 - 222,
2018
Wake C, 2018, '"Scenes of Appalling Human Degradation: Gloss"', Imagined Theatres,
2018
2018, 'On Clinical, Cultural and Theatrical Trauma', Performance Research, vol. 23, pp. 219 - 222,
2018
Cox E; Wake C, 2018, 'Envisioning Asylum/Engendering Crisis: Or, Performance and Forced Migration 10 Years On', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, vol. 23, pp. 137 - 147,
2018
2018, 'Politics, Performance, and Non-Participation', Performance Paradigm, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 9
2018
Wake C, 2017, 'The Ambivalent Politics of One-to-One Performance', Performance Paradigm, vol. 13, pp. 163 - 173,
2017
Wake C, 2017, 'Performance, Technology, Intimacy', Performance Paradigm, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 6,
2017
Wake C, 2014, 'The politics and poetics of listening: Attending headphone verbatim theatre in post-cronulla Australia', Theatre Research International, vol. 39, pp. 82 - 100,
2014
Wake C, 2013, 'To Witness Mimesis: The Politics, Ethics, and Aesthetics of Testimonial Theatre in Through the Wire', Modern Drama, vol. 56, pp. 102 - 125,
2013
Wake C, 2013, 'Headphone Verbatim Theatre: Methods, Histories, Genres, Theories', New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 29, pp. 321 - 335,
2013
Wake C, 2013, 'Regarding the Recording: The Viewer of Video Testimony, the Complexity of Copresence and the Possibility of Tertiary Witnessing', History and Memory: Studies in Representation of the Past, vol. 25, pp. 111 - 144,
2013
Wake C, 2013, 'Between Repetition and Oblivion: Performance, Testimony, and Ontology in the Refugee Determination Process', Text and Performance Quarterly, vol. 33, pp. 326 - 343,
2013
Wake C, 2011, 'Review of Get Real: Documentary Theatre Past and Present, ed. Alison Forsyth and Chris Megson (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Dramaturgy of the Real on the World Stage, ed. Carol Martin (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)', Performance Paradigm, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 11,
2011
Wake C, 2010, 'Caveat Spectator: Juridical, Political and Ontological False Witnessing in CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident)', Law Text Culture, vol. 14, pp. 160 - 187,
2010
Wake C, 2009, 'After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory. An Introduction to Volume I', Performance Paradigm, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 7,
2009
Wake C, 2009, 'The Accident and the Account: Towards a Taxonomy of Spectatorial Witness in Theatre and Performance Studies', Performance Paradigm, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 21,
2009
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,
2009
Trezise BA; Wake C, 2009, 'Introduction to After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory', Performance Paradigm, vol. 5, pp. n/a - n/a,
2009
Wake C, 2008, 'Through the (In)visible witness in Through the Wire', Research In Drama Education, vol. 13, pp. 187 - 192,
2008
Other
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Wake C, 2018, Theatre Criticism: Changing Landscapes. Edited by Duška Radosavljević. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. Pp. xiv + 338. £21.99/$29.95 Pb., Cambridge University Press (CUP),
2018
2018, Theatre Criticism: Changing Landscapes. Edited by Duška Radosavljević. London: Bloomsbury, 2016. Pp. xiv + 338. £21.99/$29.95 Pb., Cambridge University Press (CUP),
2018
Wake C, 2015, Review of Theatre of the Real by Carol Martin (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013),
2015