Rea Dennis

Restoring individual and community wellbeing through inclusive embodied performance processes


Dr Rea Dennis

Coordinator HDR Program SCCA, Senior Lecturer Art and Performance/DML Research Fellow

Research and Experience
Rea Dennis is a Senior Lecture in Art and Performance and HDR coordinator in the School of Creative Arts at Deakin University. Her research approach is interdisciplinary and practice led. She investigates embodied and social experience through performative and material process. Her performance research embraces an inclusive ethos and produces knowledge that informs applied research with community and specific populations such as women, seniors, and people with disabilities. She has published in esteemed international peer reviewed journals such as RiDE, Studies in Theatre and Performance, and Theatre, Dance and Performer Training. She is on the editorial board of the Dance and Somatics Practice journal and is co-editor of Idea journal special issue on Bodies of Knowledge. Current projects include: Kinesthetic Listening and lifelong Practice in performer training; and MooD Art, which investigates knowledge production, collaborative labour, and artist wellbeing when moving art and performance practice out of the door, exhibitions include: All the is Solid Melts into Movement (Counihan Gallery, 2018) and Geo-choreographic Flow (School of Lost Arts, NGV Design Week 2019). Rea has supervised traditional and creative PhDs to completion and welcomes inquiries from potential students interested in embodied theatre praxis, improvisation, material practices in performance making, and movement and wellbeing.


Performance Research, Embodied Practice, Inclusive Arts, Improvisation