Staging Australian Women’s Lives

Staging Australian Women’s Lives

Theatre, Feminism and Socially Engaged Art

Project team:
Professor Stacy Holman Jones – Associate Professor, Monash University (Chief Investigator)
Anne Harris, Associate Professor – RMIT (Co-Investigator)
Alyson Campbell, Associate Professor – University of Melbourne (Co-Investigator)
Dr. Misha Myers – Senior Lecturer and Course Director of Creative Arts, Deakin University (Co-Investigator)
Dr. Peta Murray – Postdoctoral Research Fellow, RMIT
Mish Grigor – PhD Candidate, Monash University
Rachael Stevens – Research Officer


Staging Australian Women’s Lives: Theatre, Feminism and Socially Engaged Art is a research project that sees the stage is an ideal laboratory for crafting and rehearsing responses to social inequalities. This project draws attention to the indelible achievements and contributions of Australia’s women theatre makers. Working with a national network of directors and dramaturgs, actors, designers, producers and theatre companies, the project will document the methods theatre makers use to address gendered oppression and violence. As a Co-Investigator on the project, Dr. Misha Myers will lead work with women theatre maker’s to document and annotate their work using Motion Bank annotation software and to co-design an online collection and exhibition of research data generated through the project. The preservation, documentation, curation and publishing of this data, will enable women theatre maker’s contributions to reach a diverse and global audience and contribute material for the generation of a live performance to be created by the project team and performed at Melbourne’s Chapel off Chapel theatre at the culmination of the project. The performance will showcase the widest possible range of work, voices, and presence of women theatre makers. This project is funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects initiative (DP200102876).

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* Photo credit: ‘Enlighten’, Born in a Taxi and Arts Centre Melbourne, 2018. Photo by Sarah Walker.