Nicola Hyland

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Programme Director Theatre School of English, Film, Theatre, Media Studies, and Art History


Teaching in 2020


Te Atihaunui-a-Pāpārangi
Ngati Hauiti


MA (distinction) Victoria
PhD Melbourne

Current research projects

- Ongoing publications exploring representations of indigeneity in contemporary post-colonial performance.

- Continuation of projects associated with Research Establishment Grant (2015) 'The Maori Method' - The
whakapapa of Maori performance

- Developing a monograph on Contemporary Maori Theatre

Areas of supervision

  • Post-colonial performance
  • Hybridity and devised performance
  • Māori and Pasifika Theatre and Drama
  • World Shakespeare and Canonical Retellings
  • Critical Race theory
  • Youth performance

Selected publications

"Drowning and Kissing the Book" - Shakespearean Performance in New Zealand and Australia, Shakespeare in the World (Book Chapter) Routledge (UK) (June 2016)

'"Young Hearts"/White Masks: Leading the (colour) blind at Shakespeare's Globe' Borrowers and Lenders Volume IX (Number 2) Fall/Winter 2016

Beyoncé's Response (Eh?) Feeling the Ihi in Spontaneous Haka Performace in Aotearoa/New Zealand, TDR: The Drama Review. Volume 59, Number 1, Spring 2015 (T225) pp. 67-82

"Unsettling Blanket Man: The 'Ecological Maori' as a Pakeha Play-Thing", Theatre Research International vol 40, no. 1 pp. 4-18 (2015)

"Bolt and The Beast: Representing Reality and Keeping it Real in London" 2012, Text and Performance Quarterly, 34:3, 267 285 (2014)

‘“Kind of like an evil version of our accent”: Imagining National Identity in Performances of Trans-Tasman Rivalry’ Australasian Drama Studies, 63, April 2013 pp. 55-57

‘Feature: Michael Kantor’ Arts in the City, (Melbourne) Nov. 2006

Conferences and presentations

"The Maori Method" - Australasian Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, June 2015.

"Beyoncé Does the Haka" - Australasian Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference, VUW, Wellington, June 2014

"Ancient Grudges and New Mutinies: Indigenous Adaptations of Romeo and Juliet" Shakespeare's Globe New Zealand, Wellington, October 2013

"Unsettling Blanket Man: myth, transformation and the 'quirks' of indigeneity" - Australasian Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, June 2013

Creative work

Tributary (2015) THEA 301 Devised Theatre Production, VUW Theatre Programme: Director

The Ragged (Helen Pearse-Otene/Te Rakau) (dir: Jim Moriarty) Wellington, NZ (2015): Actor

Virtuality (2013) THEA 311 Devised Theatre Production, VUW Theatre Programme: Director

Book reviews

"Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory and Identity in Contemporary Theater from Oceania" ADS Journal 67 (October 2014)

"Theatricality, Dark Tourism and Ethical Spectatorship" ADS Journal 66 (April 2015)

"enacting Nature: Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance: ADS Journal 65 (October 2014)

Selected journalism

Reviews Courier Weekly (Brisbane: News Ltd) 2005/2006


Teaching in 2020