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Dr Kathryn Kelly

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,


Dr Kathryn Kelly
Lecturer in Drama
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
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PhD (University of Queensland)

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and associations

Australasian Drama Studies Member

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


I am a Lecturer in the Performance Studies area in the Creative Industries Faculty. I have a national freelance practice as a dramaturg and as a critic and I work across text-based theatre,  dance and contemporary performance. I am the company dramaturg with award-winning, all female theatre company, Belloo Creative: http://www.bellloocreative.com and our recent shows include: ROVERS, at NORPA (Lismore NSW) 2018; HANAKO, a bi-lingual Japanese-Australian work which debuted at the Brisbane Festival in 2016 and MOTHERLAND which was part of the 2016 Queensland Theatre Season, before going on a national tour. I have worked with every professional theatre company in Queensland and with over seventy individual playwrights and independent theatre and performance-making companies nationally. Recent selected credits include Sound of a Finished Kiss, by Katy Wild and with songs from the Go-Betweens, 2018; Alone Together, Creative Lab, QUT;  The Rat Trap by Polytoxic, 2013; La Boite Theatre Company: Sunnytown by Krystal Sweedman, 2015, Water Wars by Elaine Acworth, 2013 & Wicked Bodies by Angela Betzien, 2004 and JUTE Seven Deadly Sins by Stephen Carleton, Maryann Butler and five other playwrights nationally, 2005. I have also worked for every major venue in Queensland, including QPAC, Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts and regional venues across the state as well as Theatreworks and Malthouse in Melbourne. I have dramaturged for the National Play Festival, the Regional Theatre-makers Festival, the Australian Script Centre, StagesWA and Darwin Writers Centre and for Playworks and ANPC (now Playwrighting Australia). I was the Executive Director of Playlab from 2004-2008, publishing twenty-four new Australian plays; Resident Artist with World Interplay in 2005 and worked in Arts Policy for Arts Queensland in 1999, 2001 and 2009. Publications include a history of Australian dramaturgy 2000-2010 in Catching Australian Theatre in the 2000s published by Brill/Rodopi. Awards: QUT: Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award 2015: Nomination for the QUT Dean’s Award for Sustained Contribution by Sessional Staff 2012; Alrene Sykes Memorial Prize for Australian Literature, 1997. Lord Mayor’s Fellowship for the Performing Arts, 2001.

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Lecturer, QUT, Performance Studies, Faculty of Creative Industries

  • Unit Coordination & Lecturer for Units including: Story & Performance, Socially Engaged Performance & Plays that Changed the World.
  • Supervision, Honours & Marker, Honours QUT (2015-2017).
  • Supervision, Associate, Masters, QUT (2018-ongoing).

Academic Consultant (dramaturgical training in intensive delivery mode) for WAAPA (2015-2017), Flinders University (2015-2017) and the University of Queensland (2016). Sessional Teacher from (2008-2015) at a range of institutions including University of Queensland (Drama), Griffith University (Applied Theatre); University of Sunshine Coast (Masters supervision for professional component); Southbank Institute of Technology (Dramaturgy and Criticism); and Queensland Academy of Creative Industries (International Baccalaureate). Certificate IV in Workplace Training.

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Freelance Dramaturg in Brisbane, Toronto & Melbourne (2000-2017) I have worked with every professional theatre company in Queensland and with over seventy individual playwrights and independent theatre and performance-making companies in the last fifteen years. Executive Director, Playlab Inc & Playlab Press (2005-2008) Management of Queensland’s peak playwright development agency; Commissioning editor for Australia’s second largest theatrical publisher, Playlab Press; Advocacy for playwrights in Queensland to government & industry; Design and delivery of professional development programs for playwrights & dramaturgs Supervision of staff, support of Playlab Board & strategic planning; Grant writing and management of relationships with funding organisations & theatre companies   Resident Artist, World Interplay: Festival of young playwrights (2004-2005) Fund-raising, event management & professional development program for of the largest festival for young playwrights, aged 18-26, in the world.  60 young playwrights & 30 tutors from theatre companies such as The Royal Court, The Travers, Phnom Phenh Theatre Company.   Principal Officer, Arts Queensland, (2010) Research project on the literature sector of Queensland. Consultant, Public Art Agency, Arts Queensland (2003) The development of a program of professional development to encourage young artists to participate in public art.  This included writing and publishing a guide, a public exhibition at the South Bank Parklands that co-timed with the Asia Pacific Triennial and a professional development program on public art, co-delivered with the Bremer Institute of TAFE at the Queensland Art Gallery.   Professional Appointments: Peer Assessor, Arts Queensland, 2008; Judge, Brisbane Fringe Festival, Best in Fringe, 2008; Matilda Critic, 2007 & 2008; Artistic Associate, Performing Lines (National Producer) 2006—; Queensland Representative, Critical Stages National Touring 2006—; Artistic Associate, Queensland Theatre Company, 2006—2007; Peer Assessor, Theatre Board Australia Council 2005; La Boite Creative Reference Group, 2002.

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