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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

President, 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 Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies, and Study Area Advisor for the Master of Creative Industries (Creative Production & Arts Management), in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT.

Hadley coordinates units in applied performance, in producing, events and entrepreneurship, in arts and cultural management, and also acts as Academic Supervisor for workplace learning in Drama and Arts Management.

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, 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. 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 currently President 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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Bree Hadley.


  • KTB102 Process Drama UG
  • KTB108 Applied Theatre UG
  • KTB204 Postdramatic Theatre UG
  • KTB210 Creative Industries Management UG
  • KTB211 Creative Industries Events & Festivals UG
  • KTB305 The Entrepreneurial Artist UG
  • KTP409 Arts & Cultural Management PG
  • KTP408 Marketing Arts & Culture PG
  • KTP413 Managing Money in the Arts PG
  • KTP414 Arts & Cultural Policy PG
  • KTP406 Creative Industries Events & Festivals PG
  • KTP411 Advanced Practice in Creative Production & Arts Management PG
  • KKP411 Major Project in Arts & Creative Industries Management PG
  • Drama & Arts Management Coordinator for CI Transitions to New Professional Environments – CI Internship, CI Industry Project, CI Postgraduate Workplace Learning
  • Arts Management Coordinator for Project Design in CI, Major Project in CI
This information has been contributed by Dr Bree Hadley.


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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Bree Hadley.


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