Caroline Wake

Senior Lecturer

Caroline Wake is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance. Her research focuses on the relationship between theatre and history: how theatre responds to and represents history and, conversely, how theatre’s own history is archived and recounted, especially in Australia. More often than not, she writes about artists, genres, and organisations that have typically been excluded from Australian theatre history. For over a decade, she has published on the representation, participation, and self-determination of artists with refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. She has also written extensively about experimental autobiography, oral history, and documentary theatre as well as performance art. Recently, she has been researching the history of Performance Space, a Sydney-based organisation that has been at the forefront of contemporary art since the early 1980s.

This research has been published in the edited book Visions and Revisions: Performance, Memory, Trauma (Museum Tusculanum Press, 2013, with Bryoni Trezise), a special issue on “Envisioning Asylum/Engendering Crisis” for Research in Drama Education (2018, with Emma Cox), and articles in Theatre Research International, Text & Performance Quarterly and other leading journals. Her first monograph is forthcoming. Non-traditional research outcomes include producing a large dataset for AusStage, the national performing arts database; working with the UNSW Library, National Library of Australia, and RealTime arts magazine to digitise RealTime's back catalogue; and honouring that same publication in a durational performance. Caroline has also served as a Board Member of Performance Studies international, the discipline’s peak body; Editor of Performance Paradigm, an open-access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to contemporary theatre, performance and visual art in the Asia-Pacific; and Associate Editor of Performance Research.

Beyond the university, Caroline is passionate participant in, and advocate for, the arts and cultural sector. Her research projects often involve collaborations with industry: three of her four Australian Research Council grants involve working with organisations like the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Performing Arts Heritage Network, Sydney Theatre Company, and the Arts Centre Melbourne. She has served on the Board of PACT Centre for Emerging Artists since 2017, and as Chair since 2019. 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 as a writer and online producer 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 theatre and performance more broadly.

Books
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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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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, http://performancespace.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Liveworks-Publication-with-links-1.pdf
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, http://www.currency.com.au/product_detail.aspx?productid=2978
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, http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-methuen-drama-anthology-of-testimonial-plays-9781408176535/
2014
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, 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, 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 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, 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
Brown PF; Wake C, 2010, 'The Future of Verbatim Theatre: Truthfulness in a New Era', in Brown P (ed.), Verbatim: Staging Memory and Community, edn. Original, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, Sydney, pp. 18 - 21
2010
Conference Papers
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Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wake C, 2018, 'Dialogical Aesthetics – Reconfiguring Theatrical Spaces Through Digital Technology', in Butte M; Vomberg EK; Dreckmann K (eds.), Technologies des Performativen / Performative Technologies, Transcript, Düsseldorf, Germany, presented at Theater & Technik / Theatre & Technology, Düsseldorf, Germany, 08 November 2018 - 11 November 2018
2018
Conference Presentations
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Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wake C, 2021, 'iDesign's Zero-Waste Bauprobe: Full-Scale Collaboration in Virtual Space', presented at Theatre Ecologies: Environments, Sustainability & Politics (IFTR 2020), National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, - , https://www.iftr.org/conference
2021
Del Favero D; Thurow S; Pagnucco M; Wake C; Scott-Mitchell M; Williams K; Wallen L; Schostakowski B, 2019, 'Immersive Interactive Aesthetics for Set Modelling - the iBauprobe Platform', presented at PQ Talks @ Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space, Prague (Czech Republic), 06 June 2019 - 16 June 2019, https://www.pq.cz/
2019
Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wake C; Pagnucco M; Scott-Mitchell M; Schostakowski B; Williams K; Wallen L, 2019, 'iDesign – New Capabilities for Set Design', presented at Prague Quadrennial, Prague, Czech Republic, 06 June 2019 - 16 June 2019, https://www.pq.cz/
2019
Thurow S; Wake C; Del Favero D, 2018, 'Dialogical Aesthetics – Reconfiguring Theatrical Spaces Through Digital Technology', presented at Theatre and Technology Conference, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany, 08 November 2018 - 11 November 2018, http://theaterundtechnik.de/english/
2018
Journal articles
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Wake C, 2020, 'A Constructive Dialogue? The Role of Performance in Visual Arts Biennials', Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 30, pp. 6 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2019.1696320
2020
Wake C; Cairncross B, 2020, 'Local Archive, Distant Reading: Performance Space at Cleveland Street and Carriageworks', Australasian Drama Studies, vol. 76, pp. 183 - 210, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=159554151510419;res=IELIAC
2020
Willis E; Shih Pearson J; Wake C, 2020, 'Editorial: Performing Southern Feminisms', Performance Paradigm, vol. 15, pp. 1 - 6, https://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/224
2020
Wake C, 2019, 'Theatre of the Real with Resettled Refugees: Old problems and new solutions in The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe', Performance Research, vol. 24, pp. 20 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2019.1718426
2019
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, http://imaginedtheatres.com/scenes-of-appalling-human-degradation-gloss/
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2018.1442714
2018
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2018.1464097
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, https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=648233828108240;res=IELHSS
2018
Wake C, 2018, 'On Clinical, Cultural and Theatrical Trauma', Performance Research, vol. 23, pp. 219 - 222, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2018.1506525
2018
Wake C; Willis E, 2018, 'Politics, Performance, and Non-Participation', Performance Paradigm, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 9, https://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/209
2018
Wake C, 2017, 'The Ambivalent Politics of One-to-One Performance', Performance Paradigm, vol. 13, pp. 163 - 173, http://performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/206
2017
Wake C, 2017, 'Performance, Technology, Intimacy', Performance Paradigm, vol. 12, pp. 1 - 6, http://performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/175
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0307883314000029
2014
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10462937.2013.818164
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/ham.2013.0004
2013
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, http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/md.2012-0465
2013
Wake C, 2013, 'Headphone Verbatim Theatre: Methods, Histories, Genres, Theories', New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 29, pp. 321 - 335, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266464X13000651
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, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/journal/issue-7/book-reviews/get-real-documentary-theatre-past-and-present-ed-alison-forsyth-and-chris-megson-basingstoke-and-new-york-palgrave-macmillan-2009-and-dr
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, http://ro.uow.edu.au/ltc/vol14/iss1/10
2010
Wake C, 2009, 'After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory. An Introduction to Volume I', Performance Paradigm, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 7, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/wake-51-intro-final.pdf
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, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/wake.pdf
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, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/trezise-and-wake-utp-interview-final-copy-with-images.pdf
2009
Trezise BA; Wake C, 2009, 'Introduction to After Effects: Performing the Ends of Memory', Performance Paradigm, vol. 5, pp. n/a - n/a, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/wake-and-trezise-intro-final.pdf
2009
Wake C, 2008, 'Through the (In)visible witness in Through the Wire', Research In Drama Education, vol. 13, pp. 187 - 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569780802054844
2008
Other
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Wake C, 2020, Yana Meerzon, ed., Theatre and (Im)migration. New Essays on Canadian Theatre Series, University of Toronto Press Inc. (UTPress), http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/md.63.2.br5
2020
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), http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0307883318000676
2018
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
Wake C, 2015, Review of Theatre of the Real by Carol Martin (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), http://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/172
2015
Performances (Music, Theatre, Dance)
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Baxter V; Gallasch K; Brannigan E; Priest G; Sakkas K, 2018, Carriageworks, Sydney, Publication: RealTime in real time, Performances (Music, Theatre, Dance), http://performancespace.com.au/events/realtime-in-real-time/
2018

Caroline's research has been recognised via the following nominations and awards:

2019. Nominated, with Emma Cox, for the Theatre and Performance Research Association's (TaPRA) Research Prize for Editing (Essay Collections and Special Issues)

2014. Winner of the Australasian Drama Studies Association's Marlis Thiersch Prize for excellence in English-language articles anywhere in the world in the broad field of drama, theatre and performance studies. The article was "Between Repetition and Oblivion: Performance, Testimony, and Ontology in the Refugee Determination Process." Text & Performance Quarterly 33.4 (2013): 326-343 and is available here. The judges' comments are available here.

2006. Winner of the Australasian Drama Studies Association's Veronica Kelly Prize for Best Postgraduate Paper at an ADSA conference. The paper was "Neither Here Nor There: The Laramie Project in Australia."

Since 2015, Caroline has secured over $1.4 million in grant funding.

External 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)

 

Internal Grants

2020. UNSW Transitional Fellowship ($33,680)

2018. UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme. 3D Virtual Prototyping System. CIs: Prof Dennis Del Favero (iCinema, EPICentre, Art & Design), A/Prof Tomaz Bednarz (EPICentre, Art & Design), Dr Stephen Loo (Art & Design), Dr Grant Stevens (Art & Design), Dr Caroline Lenette (Arts & Social Sciences), Dr Caroline Wake (Arts & Social Sciences), Dr Steven Most (Arts & Social Sciences), A/Prof Hoon Han (Built Environment), Prof Andreas Ortmann (Business), A/Prof Vinayak Dixit (rCITI, Engineering), Prof Maurice Pagnucco (iCinema, Engineering), Prof Claude Sammut (iCinema, Engineering), Prof Travis Waller (rCITI, Engineering), Dr Carol Oliver (Science), Prof Martin Van Kranendonk (Science). ($126,888)

2012-14. UNSW Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The Accidenting of Aesthetics. CI: Dr Caroline Wake ($242,848)

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