- Professor Brad Haseman
- Assistant Dean (Academic)
Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Academic Programs,
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- Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
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DPhil (University of Sussex), MA (University of Sussex), AdvDipDrama (Council for National Academic Awards), BA (University of Queensland), DipT (Mt. Gravatt C.A.E)
- Professional memberships
- 1977 – Fellow of the Trinity College of London, London
- 1975 – Licentiate of Speech and Drama, AMEB, Australia
Contemporary performance, Creative Practice as Research, Drama & arts education, Experiential learning, Practice-led Research
Brad Haseman is Professor and Assistant Dean (Academic) for the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. From 2006 to 2011 Brad was the Assistant Dean (Research) and from 2001 to 2005 he held the position of Head of Postgraduate Research Studies. Brad also served as Head of Drama in the Academy of the Arts from 2004-2007.
Formerly a drama teacher and advisor in Queensland secondary schools Brad Haseman has worked as a teacher and researcher for over 30 years pursuing his fascination with the aesthetics and forms of contemporary performance and pedagogy. He is known as a passionate advocate for the arts in Australian schools and served for more than a decade on committees concerned with the provision and delivery of the arts in Queensland schools.
Brad is recognised for his contribution to the fields of educational drama, process drama and applied performance. In recent years he has been an invited keynote speaker and workshop leader in Singapore, Canada, Norway, The Netherlands and Austria. His work also takes him throughout the Pacific where he has taught and given workshops in the Solomon Islands, PNG and Kiribati in the Central Pacific.
Brad has also had a longstanding interest in the forms and purposes of process drama and his paper ‘Improvisation, Process Drama and Dramatic Art’ in National Drama, Journal of the National Association of Drama Teachers UK, July 1991 is seen as a foundational paper in defining the field.
Brad maintains his practice as a drama educator in university and corporate settings. He has received a number of teaching awards in recognition of his role as a consultant to business and community groups engaged in experiential learning and he continues to conduct management and leadership programs with Queensland Health and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He is currently leading a research project in Papua New Guinea developing applied performance programs for HIV and AIDS education.
Brad Haseman is known as a leading proponent of Practice-led Research. His paper ‘A manifesto for performative research’, (Haseman, B. 2006, Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy, theme issue, Practice-led Research, No 118: 98-106) is seen as a call-to-arms proposing a non-traditional research methodology for the arts.
In keeping with his research into the Creative Industries in 2008 Brad co-authored the Occasional Paper The arts and Australia’s national innovation system 1994–2008 for the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS).
- 2007: Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Queensland Health Leadership Project, QUT
- 2004: Distinguished Teaching Award for Postgraduate Supervision, QUT
- 2001: Outstanding Contribution Award for Teaching Leadership and Scholarship, QUT
- 2000: Awarded life membership of the Queensland Association for Drama in Education in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Drama Education
Brad is the co-author, with John O’Toole, of Dramawise (Heinemann, Melbourne, 1987), which is still in print after more than 20 years and has been translated into Italian, Danish and Cantonese.
He has co-authored 2 books, written 15 book chapters, 22 refereed journal articles and delivered over 150 conference presentations, papers and workshops.
Brad has supervised nine PhD candidates and eleven Master of Arts (Research) candidates to completion. Nine of these candidates adopted practice-led research as their principal research strategy. Currently, Brad is supervising eight PhD candidates with six using a practice-led research methodology.
Real world engagement
Brad a member of the Australia Council for the Arts where he chairs the Community Partnerships Committee which offers a range of programs to support community based arts and culture, including community cultural development.
Since commencing this role in 2008 Brad is actively involved with the Australia Council’s current strategic priorities for the Arts in Education, Artist in Residence programs for Australian schools and communities and building a knowledge hub for the arts in Australia.
In 2005, Brad co-convened the conference ‘Speculation and Innovation: Applying Practice-Led Research in the Creative Industries’ at the Creative Industries Precinct at QUT. This conference featured 110 presenters from across 14 disciplines including all of the arts as well as the media and design disciplines. Delegates and presenters attended from around Australia as well as from Britain, New Zealand and the US. Refereed conference proceedings were published in association with Real Time, Australia in 2006.
In 1995, Brad was co-convenor of the second International Drama and Education Congress in Brisbane – IDEA ‘95. The Congress brought 1,200 drama educators together from all parts of the world. Haseman chaired the format committee which scheduled over three hundred presentations for the Congress.
Brad is an active editor having co-edited a variety of journals including:
- Haseman, B. and Winston, J. (eds) (2010) (Forthcoming) RiDE The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. ‘The Aesthetics of Drama Education and Applied Performance’.
- Green, L. and Haseman, B. (eds) (2006) Media International Australia incorporating Culture & Policy, no. 118, February. ‘Practice-led Research’.
- Bourke, N, Haseman, B., Mafe, D. and Vella, R, (eds) (2006), Conference Proceedings, ‘Speculation and Innovation: Applying Practice-led research in the Creative Industries’, in Association with Real Time, Australia.
2007: Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Queensland Health Leadership Project, QUT
2004: Distinguished Teaching Award for Postgraduate Supervision, QUT
2001: Outstanding Contribution Award for Teaching Leadership and Scholarship, QUT
2001: Compassionate Pioneer Award, OLT, QUT
2000: Nomination for Best Lecturer award at QUT by the Student Guild
2000: Awarded life membership of the Queensland Association for Drama in Education in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Drama Education
2000: Compassionate Pioneer Award, OLT, QUT
1999: Nomination for Best Lecturer award at QUT by the Student Guild
Course coordination experience
2003 – 2009: Coordinator Doctor of Creative Industries (DCI), Creative Industries Faculty
2001 – 2004: Coordinator PhD, Master of Arts (Research), Creative Industries Faculty
1998 – 2001: Coordinator PhD, Master of Arts (Research), Academy of the Arts
1992 – 1996: Co‑ordinator Master of Arts (Research) and Master of Fine Arts, Academy of the Arts
1994: Coordinator Bachelor of Arts (Drama)
1986 – 1991: Coordinator Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Drama), Bachelor of Education (Drama)
Teaching experience and expertise
Brad has been a teacher for 35 years and have worked in early childhood, primary, secondary, undergraduate and postgraduate settings. At the University he has taught or supervised students in the following courses:
- Doctor of Creative Industries (since 2003)
- PhD (since 1999)
- Master of Arts (Drama) (1987 – 1992)
- Master of Fine Art (since 1994)
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (since 1992)
- Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) (since 2002)
- Bachelor of Arts (Drama) (1987 – 2002)
- Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Drama) (1988 – 1990)
- Bachelor of Education (In‑service) (1982 – 1988)
- Bachelor of Education (Pre‑service) (1992)
- Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) (1991)
- Diploma of Secondary Teaching (Drama) (1986 to 1991)
- Diploma of Primary Teaching (1982)
- Master of Creative Industries (2008)
- Doctor of Creative Industries (2002)
- Masters of Creative Industries (Drama Teaching) (2002)
- Graduate Diploma in Creative Industries (Drama Teaching) (2002)
- Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries (Drama Teaching) (2002)
- Master of Arts (Drama) (1992)
- Master of Fine Arts (1994)
- Bachelor of Arts (Drama); (course re-write 1995-96)
- Diploma of Secondary Teaching (Drama); (course re-write 1988-89)
- 2007-20011 Community Partnerships Representative and Councillor, Australia Council for the Arts.
- 2009 – 2010: HIV & AIDS Education in Papua New Guinea. An Australia Research Council grant currently funds this ongoing Life Drama based community capacity-building program. This ARC Linkage grant LP0882458 – Focuses specifically on the area of sexual health promotion using drama-based experiential learning methods and aims to establish a sustainable infrastructure for the implementation and evaluation of drama-based learning programs for young people in PNG. It adopts both practice-led research and participatory action research resulting in performative research outputs which specifically address the cultural environments and developmental contexts of the project
- 2005: Co-convenor, Innovation in Australian Arts, Media and Design. QUT, March-April. This national symposium – Innovation: arts – media – design – promoted the ongoing national debate on research and the creative arts. With additional funds from the Australian Research Council, the Australia Council and the Academy of the Humanities, three symposia – at QUT, the Victorian College of the Arts and Curtin University of Technology – held in 2001 and 2002, brought artists, academics and policy writers together to set the agenda for a research strategy, aimed to promote best practice for ‘academic’ and ‘professional’ artists.
- 2005: Applied Performance in Corporate Education Research Project, Research Consultation. $200,000. Researching the forms of applied performance for the leadership development of senior managers. This projected rested heavily on the use of the applied performance technique known as Propheticals. A Prophetical blends truth and fiction in order to present dramatic scenarios which are reasoned speculations on the future. This project focussed on:
Higher Education management training
Queensland Health (Client)
Executive Leadership Programs.
- 2004: Talking Theatre; ARC Linkage Grant. Funds awarded $507,000. The goal of the Talking Theatre project was to make contact with Queensland regional non-theatregoers and uncover their attitudes towards the performing arts industry and in particular to the participating Performing Arts Centres associated with the project. The result of this research was the development of a profile of non-theatregoers in regional Queensland based upon their reasons for non-attendance as well as feedback concerning PAC programming, pricing and promotions.
Service on university committees
- July 2002: Member, Teaching and Learning Committee, Creative Industries Faculty
- July 2002: Member, Professional Development Leave Committee, Creative Industries Faculty
- July 2002: Member, Research Degrees Committee, Creative Industries Faculty
- July 2002: Member, Postgraduate Awards Sub-committee, Creative Industries Faculty
- 1998-2001: Member, Research Degrees Committee, Faculty of Arts
- 1998-2002: Member, Professional Development Program Committee, Faculty of the Arts
- April 2002: Member, Staff Selection Panels, Various, most recently for QUT Cultural Precinct
- 1994-1996: Member of Executive, Academy of the Arts
- June 1992: Member, Teaching and Learning Development Small Grants Selection Committee, QUT
- April 1992: Member of and contributor to various Academy and Faculty of Arts working parties and committees. For example convenor and authored Faculty of Arts response to the Baldwin Report and Discussion Paper on Quality
- 1991-1992: Member, Course Development Committee for the Bachelor of Education
- 1992: Arts Faculty representative on the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Education
- 1989-1990: Convenor, Orientation Program Committee, Kelvin Grove Campus
- 1989-1990: Convenor, Arts Education Working Party, School of the Arts, BCAE, reviewing the needs and structures for arts education in the new university
- 1986-1988: Member, Board of Studies for the School of Teacher Education, BCAE
- 1986-1988: Member, Board of Studies for the School of Arts, BCAE
- 1986-1989: Member, Continuing Education Committee, BCAE.
- 2001: Curator, Amplifications Critical Writing Program, Brisbane Powerhouse
- 1999-2000: Project advisor, Brisbane Youth Service, Fortitude Valley
- 1993-1997: President, Contact Youth Theatre
- 1995-1997: Chair, Making Space Committee, Brisbane Fortitude Valley. Making Space managed the Grunt Youth Space for those years and administered $55,000 of government funds to support the venture
- 1994-1996: Co-convenor, IDEA ’95 Second Drama in Education World Congress, Brisbane July 1995
- 1994-1996: Member, National Organising Committee of IDEA ’95 the Second Drama in Education World Congress, Brisbane July 1995
- 1992: Member, official Australian delegation to the Drama in Education World Congress in Portugal, July 1992
- 1984-1990: Member, Arts Subject Advisory Committee, Board of Senior Secondary School Studies, Queensland
- 1984-1990: Convenor, Drama sub‑committee, Board of Senior Secondary School Studies, Queensland
- 1991-1995: Member, Drama Evaluation Committee, Board of Senior Secondary School Studies, Queensland
- 1991-1994: Member, Core Skills Test Moderation Team, Board of Senior Secondary School Studies, Queensland
- 1978-1992: Member of the National Association for Drama in Education
- 1989-1994: Member, Arts Curriculum Development Committee, Queensland Department of Education
- 1980-1981: President, Queensland Association for Drama in Education
- 1979: Secretary, Queensland Association for Drama in Education
- 1978-2005: Member of the Queensland Association for Drama in Education and made life member 2002.
- Jaaniste LO, Haseman BC, (2009) Practice-led research and the innovation agenda: Beyond the postgraduate degree in the arts, design and media, Publication of the Conference Papers ACUADS 2009 p1-15
- Haseman BC, (2009) Performance as research in Australia: Legitimating epistemologies, Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies p51-61
- Haseman BC, Rasmussen B, (2009) Researching the possibilities for knowing in process drama, Planting Trees of Drama with Global Vision in Local Knowledge: IDEA 2007 Dialogues p478-489
- Haseman BC, Crethar MP, Phillips J, Stafford P, (2009) Practising inspired leadership: the use of applied theatre 'prophetical' in the Executive Leadership Development Program for Queensland Health, Australian Health Review p377-381
- Haseman BC, Mafe DJ, (2009) Acquiring know-how: Research training for practice-led researchers, Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts p211-228
- Haseman BC, Jaaniste LO, (2008) The arts and Australia's national innovation system 1994-2008: Arguments, recommendations, challenges, CHASS occasional paper 7 p7-39
- McWilliam EL, Hearn G, Haseman BC, (2008) Trans-disciplinarity for creative futures: What barriers and opportunities?, Innovations in Education and Teaching International p247-253
- Haseman BC, (2007) Tightrope Writing: Creative Writing Programs in the RQF Environment, Text p1-15
- Haseman BC, (2007) Rupture and Recognition: Identifying the Performative Research Paradigm, Practice as Research: Approaches to Creative Arts Enquiry p147-157
- Haseman BC, (2006) Card Sharps - Playing Our Creativity: Reflective Keynote, Backing Our Creativity: National Education and the Arts Symposium Proceedings p7-11
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Completed supervisions (Doctorate)
- Contemporary dramaturgy in theatre for young people: The Conceptual Shape of Displacement and Installation (2010)
- Complementarity and the Uncertainty Principle as Aesthetic Principles: the Practice and Performance of The Physics Project (2009)
- 'Unstable Acts' - A Practitioner's Case Study of the peotics of postdramatic theatre and intermediality (2007)
- Approaching the Ambient: Creative Practice and the Ambient Mode of Being (2007)
- Going Up the Down Escalator: An Ethnographic Case Study of the Uptake and Utilisation of Information and Communication Technologies by Three Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Organisations at the State, National and International Level, 1995- 2000 (2005)
- Inside the Power Station: Allegory and the Dance of Represented Ideas (2004)
- Lives are Led: Autobiographical Film and the New Documentary (2004)
- Young People and Performance: the Impact of Deterritorialisation on Contemporary Theatre for Young People (2004)