Digital Studio Director

Professor Rachel Fensham

Professor Rachel Fensham
Professor Rachel Fensham

Professor Rachel Fensham is Director of the Digital Studio, and a dance and theatre scholar committed to the responsible development of digital and data research capabilities in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Having led digital archival projects in the United Kingdom, she established the research infrastructure to host the Theatre and Dance Platform at the University of Melbourne. This unique digital repository holds significant digital collections for theatre and dance companies in Melbourne and makes them interoperable with other datasets and interactive resources, such as the award-winning Visualising Venues project for La Mama Theatre, Union House Theatre, and Lucy Guerin inc.

As Lead Chief Investigator (CI) for “Creative Convergence: Enhancing Impact in Regional Theatre for Young People” (ARC Linkage Project, 2016-2021), she has developed the mapping tool, CIRCUIT for theatre companies to plot and identify their touring networks throughout Australia.

As of 2021, she is the lead CI on the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) project for the “Australian Cultural Data Engine: putting cultural data to work”.

Her publications include Movement: Theory for Theatre Studies (Bloomsbury 2021), and chapters on “Making and Assembling” for the Routledge Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods (2018) and "Research Methods and Problems" for The Bloomsbury Companion to Dance Studies (2019). With Dr Kate Elswit, she is co-editor of the award-winning book series, New World Choreographies (Palgrave) that recently launched its 13th title.

Rachel Fensham academic profile