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Dr Bree Hadley

Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Academic Programs,
PG Coursework Staffing and Support


Dr Bree Hadley
Head of Postgraduate Coursework Studies
Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Academic Programs,
PG Coursework Staffing and Support
Senior Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Media, Entertainment and Creative Arts,
Performance Studies
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Communication and Media Studies
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PhD (Monash University), Master of Education (Higher Education) (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) (Deakin University), Graduate Certificate in Arts & Entertainment Management (Deakin University), Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts (Griffith University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Immediate Past President + Treasurer, Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Director, Performance Studies international (PSi)


Body, Contemporary, Physical, Public Space Performance, Disability, Spectatorship

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Bree Hadley is Head of Postgraduate Coursework Studies in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT, where she coordinates a range of postgraduate courses in design, digital media, arts management, marketing and advertising, entrepreneurship and innovation. Hadley’s PhD, analysing the way Asian-influenced physical theatre practitioners in Australia subvert stereotypes of gender and race through physical performance practice, was completed at Monash University in 2005. Her work post-PhD has continued to investigate the construction of identity in contemporary, pop cultural and public space performance – live and online public space performance – often concentrating on the way artists marked by disability and other bodily differences mobilise images and media from the public sphere to subvert stereotypes, and the way spectators respond to such work. She has a particular interest in performances which position spectators as co-performers or co-creators. Hadley’s research has appeared in her most recent book Disability, Public Space Performance & Spectatorship: Unconscious Performers (Palgrave), and in many scholarly journals, including Performance Research, About Performance, Liminalities, Australasian Drama Studies, Brolga: An Australian Journal About Dance, M/C Media and Culture Journal, Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management, Journal of Further and Higher Education. She is currently working on two book projects, one on Theatre, Social Media and the Democratisation of Spectatorship, and one on The Performativity of Pranks – Dark Play, Spectatorship and Subversive Social Practice. Hadley has also written extensively for newspapers and online platforms such as The Australian, ArtsHub and Australia Stage Online. Hadley is immediate past President and now Treasurer of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (ADSA), a Director of Performance Studies international (PSi), and a nationally recognised commentator on all forms of drama, theatre and performance as a result of her role as a critic for The Australian, judge for the Matilda Awards, and committee member and consultant to many arts agencies, organisations and festivals. Prior to joining QUT in 2007, Hadley worked as a dramaturg, director and administrator for independent theatre companies (including, most recently, Theatre@Risk and Walking into Bars in Melbourne), and the Glen Eira City Council, and taught drama, literature, writing, communications and cultural studies at Deakin University, Victoria University, Monash University, and Swinburne University of Technology TAFE.

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In the past decade,  Hadley has been appointed to many leadership roles in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT –

Chair, Creative Industries Faculty Equity Committee, 2010-Date

Faculty Research Ethics Advisor, Postgraduate Coursework, CIF, 2015-Date

Postgraduate Study Area Coordinator, Drama, CIF, 2014-2015

Postgraduate Study Area Coordinator, Creative Production & Arts Management, CIF, 2008-2012

Bachelor of Creative Industries Core Unit Coordinator, Events & Festivals, CIF, 2012-2014

Transitions to Professional Environments (Internships & Industry Projects) Coordinator, Drama, 2008-2011

Honours Coordinator, Drama, 2007-2011

Hadley has also acted as Unit Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor, Workshop Leader, and Industry Project and Internship supervisor for thousands of students across dozens of different units, including –

HDR Postgraduate & Professional Development Modules

-  KKM001 Introduction to Personal Social Media Networking (Coordinator, Facilitator)

-  KKM001 Professional Social Media Networking (Coordinator, Facilitator)

-  ATN Critical & Creative Thinking (Coordinator, Facilitator)

Master of Creative Industries Units in Arts Management, Event Management, Entrepreneurship

-  KKP001 Entrepreneurship and the New Economy (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KKP002 20:20 Vision: Imagining the Creative Future (Tutor)

-  KKP111 Digital Tools in the Creative Economy (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KKP112 Telling Stories: Narrative in CI (Lecturer)

-  KKP414 Digital Writing: Words Under Glass (Lecturer)

-  KTP406 CI Events & Festivals (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KTP409 Arts & Cultural Management (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KKP408 Marketing Arts & Culture (Coordinator)

-  KKP402 Managing Money in the Arts (Coordinator)

-  KKP404 Arts & Cultural Policy (Coordinator)

-  KTP411 Advanced Practice in CP&AM (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KKP411 Major Project in Arts & CI Management (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KKP003 Project Design in Creative Industries (Study Area Advisor, Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KKP004 Innovation in Creative Industries: Major Project (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor, Supervisor)

Bachelor of Creative Industries Units in Arts Management, Event Management, Entrepreneurship

-  KTB211 Creative Industries Events & Festivals (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KTB210 Creative Industries Management (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KTB305 The Entrepreneurial Artist (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) Units in Process, Applied & Community Performance

-  KTB102 Process Drama (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KTB209 Applied Performance (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Drama) Units in Contemporary Performance & Production

-  KTB101 Understanding Theatre (Guest Lecturer)

-  KTB104 Performance Innovation (Lecturer)

-  KTB105 Production 1: Storymaking (Director)

-  KTB204 / KTP401 Understanding Performance (Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor)

-  KTB207 Staging Australia (Lecturer)

Masters and Bachelors Units in Workplace Learning

-  KKB341/2/3/4 Workplace Learning (Discipline Unit Coordinator, Supervisor)

-  KKP320 Advanced Workplace Learning (Discipline Unit Coordinator, Supervisor)

-  KKB345 & KKP346 Creative Industries Project (Project Supervisor)

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Creative Producer, Fluid States, Performance Studies international (PSi) Annual Conference, 2015.

Conference Convenor + Producer, Compass Points, Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies (ADSA) Annual Conference, 2014.

Member, Management Committee, Youth Arts Queensland, 2010-2104.

Member, National Advisory Committee, JUMP National Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging Artists, Australia Council for the Arts / Youth Arts Queensland, 2009-2011.

Member, Judging Committee, Matilda Awards for Excellence in Brisbane Theatre, Arts Queensland, 2009-2011.

Judge, Geoffrey Milne Bursary and Veronica Kelly Prize, Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama & Performance Studies (ADSA), 2007-2014.

Consultant + Program Evaluator, ‘Creating Queensland’ Community Partnerships Program Evaluation, Brisbane Festival / Australia Council for the Arts, 2010.

Documentation Team Leader, Exist in 08, Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2008.

Documentation Team Leader, Magdalena Brisbane Easter Gathering, Metro Arts, 2008.

Coordinating Committee, Magdalena Brisbane Easter Gathering, Metro Arts, 2008.

Manuscript Reviewer – Palgrave, Routledge, Methuen + numerous journals, ongoing.

Member, Editorial Board – Liminalities Journal, Performance Paradigm Journal, ongoing.

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For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Creative Industries Faculty Dean's Award for Leadership


Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)

  • When Sparks Fly: Developing Formal Mentoring Programs for the Career Development of Young and Emerging Artists (2010)