DPS News

Performance Studies Success in the 2013 Teaching Awards

By Kirstin Bokor

21 October, 2013

The Arts Faculty recently released their Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2013. We are very proud to announce that both Rosie Findlay and Dr Daniel Johnson were recipients of these awards.

Dr Daniel Johnson was awarded an Excellence in Teaching (Practice) Award. This award is for staff who are not yet coordinators of units of study, but who have committed themselves to good practice and have enhanced student learning.

One of our current PhD students, Rosie Findlay, received the Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials. This award recognizes tutors early in their teaching careers who are engaging in innovative and reflective teaching practices.

Contact:Kirstin Bokor
Phone: 61 2 9036 6507


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 DPS 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 DPS 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 flowmountainbike.com or Kath's blogg

Postgrad success at ADSA

DPS 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 DPS 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 Vimeo.com.

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