I returned to Sydney University in 2003 to begin a teaching diploma; I then discovered the opportunities for creativity in higher learning. I developed an interest in performance ethnography as a research modality and in the challenges offered by verbatim theatre specifically. After three decades as an actor, as a playwright and as a series television writer, it was and remains exciting to generate research intended for performance that is concerned with the multi-faceted nature of The Truth and How to Tell It.
Prior to completing my doctorate, I undertook a Master of Education (Research) degree and a Bachelor of Teaching, all with the Faculty of Education & Social Work. And before all that, I acquired a Bachelor of Acting (NIDA) and a Bachelor of Economics (Sydney University). This doctoral work, Today We’re Alive, is therefore the culmination of years of inquiry into our world and how it is or can be presented through performance.
Since finishing my PhD in 2014, I researched, wrote and directed Saving SCEGGS, a verbatim promenade piece for SCEGGS, Darlinghurst, in 2015 and have researched and written a verbatim play about Australian soldiers transitioning out of the Army. This work, Seeking Joe Civilian, has its first public reading in November, 2016. Earlier this year I undertook a four months’ national tour as an actor with dynamic Queensland company Shake and Stir in their own adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Parallel to my doctoral research, I participated as an actor, scribe and script editor in the development of a collaborative arts-practice project with Moogahlin Performing Arts, a new Redfern-based Aboriginal performing arts company in Sydney. The project received funding over a five-year period. The play that evolved from the series of creative workshops, This Fella, My Memory, enjoyed a performance season at Carriageworks in 2013. The play returns to the stage as a performed reading for the Artlands Festival in October this year.
Today We’re Alive has led to eight publications and eight presentations.