A/PROF Matthew Delbridge

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  • Academic

Research expertise

  • Actor Training and Recorded Media (Motion Capture, Film Production, Game Production, Animation, Technology)
  • Performance Capture for Gaming and Animation (Motion Capture, Animation, Performance Capture, Technology)
  • Technology Studies, Scenography and Production Processes (Stage Design, 3D Modelling, Theatre, Performance Design)
  • Theatre History and Cultural Heritage (Motion Capture, Kung Fu, Virtual Reality, 3D Modelling,)
Matt Delbridge is Head of Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. Before joining Melbourne he held positions at the University of Tasmania, Queensland University of Technology, Queen Mary University of London, and Deakin University. His research areas include: actor training, motion capture, performance technologies, animation, theatre history, cultural heritage, scenography, technology studies and production processes. Matt's work has been published in SCENE, Animation Practice, Process and Production, Body Space, Technology and Nordic Theatre Studies. He regularly designs for Split Britches (US/UK), consults and delivers masterclasses in Motion Capture and Digital Performance environments in Scandinavia, Europe and Asia, and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Creative Media, City University Hong Kong. His book Motion Capture in Performance: An Introduction (Palgrave Macmillan) was released in 2015 http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137505804. Forthcoming: Theatre & Technology (Palgrave Macmillan) 2017; Performing Landscapes: Ice co edited with Leane, E and Philpott, C (Palgrave Macmillan) 2018. Matt also provides regular public commentary on issues related to Acting in Motion Capture and Visual Effect in Contemporary Film. Latest article here: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/motion-capture-performances-andy-serkis-oscars-animated-films-a7370331.html

Subject Areas

  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
  • Computer Gaming and Animation
  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Available for supervision

Available for supervision in the following areas: Theatre and Performance Studies, Motion and Performance Capture, Animation Studies, Actor Training, Theatre History, Cultural Heritage, Performance Design and Scenography

Contact Details

Phone Number: +61 3 90359096
email: matthew.delbridge@unimelb.edu.au
Media Only contact?: Y


Authored Research Books

DELBRIDGE M (2015), Motion Capture in Performance An Introduction (ISBN:9781137505811)

Journal Articles Refereed

DELBRIDGE M, ROIHANKORPI R (2017), Hamlet's Norwegian Doll's House: Reframing embodied knowledge with virtual architectonics of performance, Vol 3, Issue 3
DELBRIDGE M (2015), Green: Exploring the aestheticized use of chroma-key techniques and technologies in two intermedial productions
DELBRIDGE M (2014), The costume of MoCap: A spatial collision of velcro, avatar and Oskar Schlemmer, Scene, Vol 2, Issue 1/2 , DOI: 10.1386/scene.2.1-2.221_1
DELBRIDGE M (2014), Intermedial ontologies: strategies of preparedness, research and design in real time Performance Capture, Vol 26, Issue 2
DELBRIDGE M (2012), The ecological approach to visual perception and the actor performance captured in the gaming landscape, Vol 2, Issue 1/2

Conference Proceedings

DELBRIDGE M (2009), Using Virtual Reality Modelling in Cultural Management, Archiving and Research, EVA - British Computer Society

Research Book Chapters

DELBRIDGE M, CHAO H, KENDERDINE S, SHAW J, NICHOLSON L (2016), Capturing Kung Fu: Future Proofing the Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive. In WHATLEY S, CISNEROS R, SABIESCU A (Eds.), Digital Echoes: Spaces for Intangible and Performance-based Cultural Heritage
DELBRIDGE M (2012), Reproduction, mediation and experience: virtual reality, motion capture and early modern theatre. In ROIHANKORPI R (Eds.), Space - Event - Agency - Experience: Open Access E Publication


DELBRIDGE M (2017), Theatre & Technology

Minor Recorded Works




UXO - Unexploded Ordinances, New York
RUFF, London

Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy PhD , Queensland University of Technology, 2014
2012 Community Partnerships Grant, Arts Queensland $42000