I am currently an Honorary Associate at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney. I also teach casually in the Department of Classics and Ancient History on occasion. In 2017-8 I have been teaching undergraduate courses on Shakespeare in rehearsal and performance; commedia dell'arte and flexible performance; Brechtian dramaturgy; performance analysis; and ancient comedy.
From 2012 to 2017 I was employed at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Kensington. From 2015 I held the position of Associate Lecturer and Course Convener in Performance Practices. This involved teaching across several courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. These courses covered Western theatre history; comic, tragic and Modernist dramatic forms; Australian film and theatre history; the theory and practice of artistic collaboration; the history of ideas; art history; rhetoric theory and practice; and numerous other subjects.
Previous teaching has included casual and part-time work at Western Sydney University and Sydney University.
If the techniques I use in lectures and tutorials can be summarised, they revolve around encouraging several generic but valuable skills in students: curiosity; an openness to new ideas, facts and approaches; critical thinking about one’s own practice and the practices of others; a willingness to ask questions and pursue answers independently. These techniques and intentions have engendered a particular idiosyncratic teaching style: conversational, respectful of students, friendly but not over-familiar, authoritative about content but not authoritarian, honest about the gaps in my own knowledge and understanding. I strive to communicate my own enthusiasm about a diverse range of ideas, artistic styles and performance practices to students in ways that they find illustrative, demonstrative, and inspiring.
Areas of particular teaching expertise include:
- Classical Greek and Roman drama, theatre and performance
- Commedia dell’Arte history, theory, and practice
- Shakespearean dramaturgy and performance
- Medieval theatre and performance
- Classical, medieval and Renaissance rhetorical theory and practice
- Australian theatre history and contemporary performance
- Western twentieth-century theatre history
- Performance and script analysis
- Dramaturgy theory and practice
- Collaborative theatre-making practice, particularly involving music
- Intercultural/ intracultural performance-making in theory and practice
I also teach ukulele.