DR ALYSON CAMPBELL

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Positions

  • Academic

Research expertise

  • A phenomenological approach to the experiential nature of performance, and gender/queer theories and dramaturgies. (queer; gender and sexuality; directing and dramaturgy; phenomenology and affect theories)
Alyson completed a Practice as Research (PaR) PhD at the University of Melbourne (2009). The thesis, Experiencing Kane: an ‘affective approach’ to Sarah Kane’s experiential theatre in performance, included direction of Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, 2007. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies and BA Hons in Russian from Leeds University, UK, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Drama from Goldsmiths College, London. Alyson has worked as a lecturer in theatre studies/drama in the School of Creative Arts, The University of Melbourne, Queen’s University Belfast and Brunel University, London. She is also a freelance director and has worked in a broad range of situations: from the four-stage Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Fringe, independent and community theatre, to making forum theatre with secondary students. She has worked on new writing through her longtime artistic collaboration with Sydney playwright Lachlan Philpott and their independent ensemble wreckedAllproductions. Alyson directed Philpott’s play Bison in Belfast for the Outburst Queer Arts Festival (2009) and subsequently at the Oval House Theatre, London (2010). Work with Melbourne company Red Stitch Actors Theatre includes the Australian premieres of Martin Crimp’s Fewer Emergencies and Don DeLillo’s The Day Room. She recently directed the world premiere of Philpott’s The Trouble with Harry at the Mac in Belfast for Outburst Queer Arts Festival (2013). She will direct the Australian premiere, produced by MKA: theatre of new writing, in Melbourne in later 2014. Alyson’s research and practice as a director focus on two main areas: a contemporary phenomenological/affective approach to the experiential nature of performance, and gender/queer theories and dramaturgy. The former is exemplified by her PaR thesis on Kane and analysis of directing Martin Crimp’s work Attempts on her Life ( in the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 2012). Gender and sexuality in performance has been her main area of recent research, with outputs including a major PaR project based around Lachlan Philpott’s play on gay, male sexualities, Bison (Belfast 2009/London 2010). Two recent articles (Theatre Research International and Australasian Drama Studies, both 2011) have examined the erasure of HIV and AIDS subjectivities from the stage, cultural translation in regard to the idea of the ‘global gay’, and have analysed strategies and devices that produce what she is theorising as queer dramaturgies. She established and curated the Queer at Queen’s research and performance project at Queen’s University Belfast (2008-10) that created links between the University and the LGBTQI community. Her new PaR project, directing Philpott’s historical play The Trouble with Harry, theorises this work through queer theories of temporality and historiography. Alyson is co-convenor of the International Federation of Theatre Research’s (IFTR) Queer Futures Working Group and convenor of the VCA’s Research Cluster Matters of the Body. Research, teaching and practice are very much intertwined in Alyson’s approach to performance. Her main areas of teaching and research are in gender and queer theory/performance, directing and dramaturgy, phenomenological approaches to performance and the application of affect theories to theatre practice and criticism, postdramatic theatre and postmodern theories. She is also committed to developing modes of practice led/as research throughout her teaching at all levels.

Subject Areas

  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Available for supervision

Yes.
Alyson is currently supervising practice-led PhDs and MFAs, including work on questions of dramaturgy, directing and scenography. She has supervised research higher degrees focusing on gender and sexuality in performance, particularly queer performance/dramaturgies. She is very happy to hear from potential students hoping to work either through practice or library/fieldwork based methods.

Contact Details

Phone Number: 9035 9185
email: alyson.campbell@unimelb.edu.au
Web: http://vca.unimelb.edu.au/performingarts/contact/dralysoncampbell
Media Only contact?: Y

Publications

Journal Articles Refereed

CAMPBELL A, FARRIER STEPHEN (2015), Queer Practice as Research: A Fabulously Messy Business, Theatre Research International, Vol 40, Issue 01 , DOI: 10.1017/S0307883314000601
CAMPBELL A, WALSH FINTAN (2015), Contemporary Queer Theatre and Performance Research: A Forum by the Queer Futures Working Group. Introduction, Theatre Research International, Vol 40, Issue 01 , DOI: 10.1017/S030788331400056X
CAMPBELL A (2011), From Bogeyman to Bison: a herd-like amnesia of HIV?, Theatre Research International, Vol 36, Issue 3 , DOI: 10.1017/S0307883311000447
CAMPBELL A (2011), Translating ‘gaytown’: the collision of global and local in bringing Australian queer play Bison to Belfast, Australasian Drama Studies, Vol 59, Issue 1
CAMPBELL A (2011), Adapting musicology's use of affect theories to contemporary theatremaking: Directing Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life, Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, Vol 4, Issue 3
CAMPBELL A (2005), Experiencing Kane: An affective analysis of Sarah Kane's 'experiential' theatre in performance, Australasian Drama Studies, Vol 46, Issue 1
CAMPBELL A (2005), Experiencing Kane: An affective analysis of Sarah Kane's experiential theatre in performance, Australasian Drama Studies, Vol 46, Issue October 2005

Research Book Chapters

CAMPBELL A (2015), Taking an Affective Approach to 'Doing' Queer Histories in Performance: queer Dramaturgy as a Reparative Practice of Erotohistoriography. In FARRIER S (Eds.), Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer (ISBN:9781137411839)
CAMPBELL A, FARRIER S (2015), Introduction: Queer Dramaturgies. In FARRIER S (Eds.), Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer (ISBN:9781137411839)
CAMPBELL A, FARRIER S (2015), Crip/Queer Performance: A Dialogue with Margrit Shildrick and Robert McRuer. In FARRIER S (Eds.), Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer (ISBN:9781137411839)
CAMPBELL A, FARRIER S (2015), Introductions to Parts 1,2,3. In FARRIER S (Eds.), Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer (ISBN:9781137411853)
CAMPBELL A (2014), The Trouble with Harry - Introduction. In PHILPOTT L (Eds.), The Trouble with Harry (ISBN:9781783190829)
CAMPBELL A (2013), Le Monkey Homosexuel: The role of Ruth McCarthy's queerzines in Northern Ireland in the 1990s and 2000s. In PATMAN (Eds.), Performing Feminisms in Contemporary Ireland, Carysfort Press (ISBN:9781904505624)
CAMPBELL A (2010), Bison and Colder. , Bison and Colder (ISBN:978-1-921390-06-7)
CAMPBELL A (2006), It aint over 'til. , TRAFFIC: number eight 2006, Melbourne University Publishing

Edited Books

CAMPBELL A (2015), Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance leads Queer (ISBN:9781137411839)

Performances

2014

The Trouble with Harry (Australian Premiere), Northcote Town Hall, Australian premiere of new Australian play. Part of the Melbourne Festival programme.

2013

The Trouble with Harry, The Mac, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Director of the production. presentation of a new piece of Australian theatre at a queer arts festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2009

Bison, Brian Friel Theatre, Outburst Queer Arts Festival 2009

2007

4.48 Psychosis, Red Stitch Theatre, Director

Education and Training

  • PhD in Theatre Studies PhD , University of Melbourne, 2009
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Education PGCE , University of Leeds, 1996
  • Master of Arts Theatre Studies MA , University of Leeds, 1990
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours Russian Studies BA Hons Russian Studies , University of Leeds, 1989

Awards and honours

  • Australian Drama Studies Association, 2004