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Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest are now invited from performance practitioners for use of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies' Rex Cramphorn Studio during 2015. The deadline for the current call for expressions of interest is Friday 8 November 2014. Please read the Studio's Conditions of Use, and download and complete an Expression of Interest form to apply. More information is available here (

CONGRATULATIONS to two of our recent graduates

At the recent launch of the Griffin Theatre's 2015 program we were delighted to see that two of our recent student graduates are involved in next year's program.

Nicholas Hope graduated with a PhD in Performance Studies in 2010. He has written and will now direct ‘Five Properties of Chainmale’ which previews 15-16 April, and it’s season runs 18 April – 9 May. You will hear more about this soon, as the cast will rehearse in the Rex Cramphorn Studio from the end of March 2015.

Dino Dimitriadis, a recent Honours graduate is the Producer for ‘The Dapto Chaser’ which runs 1-25 July 2015. We will contact Dino soon and interview him about this play, let Kirstin ( know if you’d be interested in having him come in to chat to us about what he’s doing.


Christopher Hay, a phd student with the department, has received a Postgraduate Teaching Fellowship from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for 2013. These grants are very competitive and we congratulate Chris on his appointment and look forward to working with him this year.

Dr Paul in new play at Belvoir

Our own Paul Dwyer is in the new play Beautiful One Day, a collaboration between ILBIJERRI Theatre Company & version 1.0 and Belvoir St Theatre, created by Sean Bacon, Magdalena Blackley, Kylie Doomadgee, Paul Dwyer, Eamon Flack, Rachael Maza, Jane Phegan, Harry Reuben & David Williams - at Belvoir St - 17 Nov-23 Dec 2012.

Recent postgraduate Dr Kath Bicknell writes for new magazine

Recent DTPS graduate Dr Kath Bicknell not only tutors with the department but has just joined the staff of a new publication Flow Mountain Bike. Their first issue features an article by Kath on Australia's mountain bike representatives at the London Olympics, Bec Henderson and Dan McConnell. As Kath says: "On a geek note for students wondering 'what next' [with a degree in Performance Studies], ideas from phenomenology and embodiment often underpin my column writing, while rehearsal studies/ethnography [both a feature of the DTPS undergrad curriculum] carry over a lot when writing extended interviews and thinking about the sport from someone else's world of experience."

Check out the journal's website or Kath's blogg

Postgrad success at ADSA

DTPS postgraduate Janet McGaw was runner up in the Veronica Kelly Award for best postgraduate paper at the 2012 ADSA conference in Brisbane this July with her paper: "Nomads in a Strange Town: the role of itinerant professionals in NSW country drama societies". Katherine Johnson, also a DTPS postgraduate, received an honorable mention for her paper: "Sense(s) and Sensibilities: performing British identities in (multi)cultural landscapes."

Martin del Amo New Work

Honorary Artistic Associate Martin del Amo staged his newest work Anatomy of an Afternoon featuring dancer Paul White at the Sydney Festival this Januaary. For more details see Sydney Festival. Or see a 13 minute excerpt from the original development at Critical Path, and other snippets of work by Martin del Amo, filmed by Samuel James on

Where are they now?

Find out what graduates of Performance Studies are up to.

  • Director Anne-Louise Sarks, who has a BA Honours in Performance Studies, co-wrote and directed the smash hit Medea at Belvoir Street in October/November 2012
  • Recent postgraduate Dr Justine Shih Pearson is the Acting Director (2012/13) of Critical Path, NSW's dance research organisation at Rushcutters Bay.
  • Former Performance Studies student Catherine Daniel is in Kenya working with Vertical Circus on a social circus and music project. link to you tube to see short doco on latest show