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Emeritus Professor Brad Haseman
Emeritus Professor
Administrative Division,
Human Resources,
Office of the Exec Director, Human Resources
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing
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Identifiers and profiles

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
and associations


  • 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

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


Brad Haseman is an Adjunct Professor Professor with the Creative Industries Faculty. In July 2016 Brad completed thirty years of service with QUT. During that time he was Professor and Assistant Dean (Academic) for the Creative Industries Faculty and from 2006 to 2011 he was the Assistant Dean (Research).  He held the position of Head of Postgraduate Research Studies (2001 to 2005) and served as Head of Drama in the Academy of the Arts from 2004-2007.   For forty years, first as a drama teacher and advisor in Queensland secondary schools, Brad has worked  as a teaching artist, academic and researcher pursuing his fascination with the aesthetics, forms and affordability of arts based learning. 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, South Korea and the US. 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. Research interests 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). Awards

  • 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

Professional outputs Brad is the co-author, with John O’Toole, of Dramawise (Heinemann, Melbourne, 1987), which was in print after more than 25 years and has been translated into Italian, Danish and Cantonese. Their new book, Dramawise Reimagined, is to be published by Currency Press in March 2017. He has co-authored 2 books, written 20 book chapters, 27 refereed journal articles and delivered over 200 conference presentations, papers and workshops. Postgraduate supervision Brad has supervised eleven PhD candidates and nine Master of Arts (Research) candidates to completion. Twelve 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 was member of the Australia Council for the Arts from 2007-2001 where he chaired the Community Partnerships Committee which offers a range of programs to support community based arts and culture, including community cultural development. In this role Brad was actively involved with the Australia Council’s 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 2014 and 2015 Brad was Chair of the Capacity Building Panel of the Australia Council fr the Arts. Conference leadership Brad was co-convenor of the 2nd International Teaching Artist Conference which was held in Brisbane, 1-3 July 2014. Co-hosted by QUT and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), and in association with QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival for Children 2014 and has served on the International Advisory Committee for the 3rd International Teaching Artist Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2016. 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. Editorial leadership Brad is an active editor having co-edited a variety of journals including:

  • Current Drama/Theatre Editor, International Journal for Education and the Arts
  • Member, Review and Advisory Board, Applied Theatre Research
  • 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.
This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Brad Haseman.


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) 

Principal writer

  • 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)
This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Brad Haseman.


  • 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.

Professional service

  • 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.
This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Brad Haseman.


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