Theatre research interests

Browse the research interests of staff in the Theatre programme.

Sean Coyle

Scenography; performance design; queer performance; interdisciplinary art practice; performance art

Megan Evans

Asian Theatre, in particular, Traditional and Contemporary Chinese and Japanese practice

Nicola Hyland

Post-colonial performance; Hybridity and devised performance; Māori and Pasifika theatre and drama; World Shakespeare and Canonical Retellings; Critical Race theory; Youth performance

Lori Leigh

Shakespeare, Early Modern, and Restoration Drama; Women in Shakespeare; Shakespearean adaptations; Gender and Sexuality in Theatre (Queer and Feminist Theatre); Intimacy in Theatre; Improvisation and Comedy; Playwriting; Dramaturgy; Theatre Directing and Actor training; American Theatre; Working with live audiences

David O'Donnell

Theatre directing; Scriptwriting; Pasifika theatre/performance; Pasifika poetry; Māori theatre; Devised intercultural theatre; Māori and Pacific Shakespeare; Liveness in performance; Directing solo performance; Ritual in Pacific theatre; Science communication through live theatre; New Zealand theatre history; Community theatre; Women’s devised theatre in New Zealand; Fijian theatre; Actor training in New Zealand

Sarah Thomasson

International arts festivals and their fringes; Space and place in performance; Digital humanities; Contemporary performance practices; Feminist performance; Directors' theatre

James Wenley

International performance of Aotearoa New Zealand theatre; Global theatre markets and industries; Touring; New Zealand theatre history; Criticism; Medicine and performance.