The Creative Convergence project examines the work of six Australian theatre companies and performing arts venues – Arena Theatre Company, Arthur, Bell Shakespeare, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, HotHouse and Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) – and their interaction and engagement with young people in regional Victoria.
Our other partners include Creative Victoria, Theatre Network Australia, and Regional Arts Victoria, peak arts bodies that have a deep interest in young people's engagement in and with the arts in regional Victoria.
Researching both the creative processes of theatre-making and audience participation, this Australian Research Council Linkage project asks how theatrical impact can be enriched through relationships and activities that extend beyond the immediacy of the event.
- To involve theatre companies, a performing arts venue, and state government in research methodologies that harness the agency of young people, the live theatre experience, and their creative convergence with digital media
- To understand and enhance the personal, affective and social impact of contemporary theatre for youth audiences by developing knowledge networks and social media strategies
ARC Linkage Project funding commencement: 2016 (active)
ARTHUR: A Theatre Company
Bell Shakespeare Company
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Regional Arts Victoria
Theatre Network Australia
The University of Melbourne
Professor Rachel Fensham, School of Culture and Communication and Digital Studio – Chief Investigator
Associate Professor Paul Rae, School of Culture and Communication – Chief Investigator
Dr Jennifer Beckett, School of Culture and Communication – Chief Investigator
Mr Jeremy Rice, Head of Education and Families, Melbourne Theatre Company – Chief Investigator
Ms Abbie Trott, PhD Candidate – Graduate Researcher
Dr Megan Upton / Mr Nat Cutter / Dr Lynne Kent (Research Assistant) – Project Manager
Christopher McDermott, Manager of Policy and Research, Creative Victoria – Partner Investigator
Christian Leavesley, Artistic Director, Arena Theatre Company – Partner Investigator