AusStage, Phase 6, 2016: Australian live performance and the world - global networks, national culture, aesthetic transmission

Lucy Guerin's Weather with Talitha Maslin, Lillian Steiner,  Lee Serle. Credit: Heidrun Lohr
Lucy Guerin's Weather with Talitha Maslin, Lillian Steiner, Lee Serle. Credit: Heidrun Lohr

Professor Rachel Fensham and Professor Denise Varney

This multi-institutional ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Grant administered by the Flinders University of South Australia (2015-2016) internationalised AusStage by: developing new methodologies for analysing aesthetic transmission between Australian and international artists; collaborating with international partners to share data and enable research across national borders; and extending the data set to support research on global markets, international distribution and cultural diplomacy. New developments supported innovative research on live performance of international significance and collaborations with international partners.


About Professor Rachel Fensham

Rachel Fensham is Director of the Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts and a Professor of Dance and Theatre. She is lead CI on a ARC Linkage project investigating the impact of theatre for young people in regional Victoria, that has created CIRCUIT, a mapping tool for touring of theatre in Australia; and CI for the Humanities and Social Sciences Data-Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (HASS-DEVL) for the ARDC.

In all her research, the role and integration of methodologies from the digital humanities plays a critical role alongside other methods such as fieldwork, close analysis of embodied performance and community engagement. Recent publications include "Making and Assembling" in the Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods (2018) and 'Research Methods and Problems' for the The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies (2019).

Rachael Fensham academic profile

About Professor Denise Varney

Denise Varney is Professor of Theatre Studies and co-director of the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne where she has also served as Dean (2018) and Deputy Dean (2016-17) in the Faculty of Arts. She teaches Australian Theatre and Performance, and Modern and Contemporary Drama and supervises PhD students in the English and Theatre Studies Program.

Her research is in modern and contemporary theatre and performance with interests in: ecological theatre, theatrical modernism and modernity; feminism; performance affects; identity, gender and ethnicity; and theatre historiography and the archive. She has been lead investigator on three ARC Discovery Projects and contributed to other projects including AusStage. Her latest book is Australian Theatre, Modernism and Patrick White: Governing Culture (2018) co-authored with Sandra D’Urso. Co-edited volumes include Performance Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave, 2017) with Elin Diamond and Candice Amich, and Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene with Lara Stevens and Peta Tait (Palgrave, 2018).

Denise Varney academic profile