Personal details

Name
Dr Kathryn Kelly
Position(s)
Lecturer in Drama
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Creative Practice,
Drama
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Phone
+61 7 3138 8176
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australasian Drama Studies Member

International Federation of Theatre Studies

Asian Dramaturgs Network

 

Keywords

Dramaturgy, Australian dramaturgy, the Pedagogy of Dramaturgy, Women in Australian Theatre, Inter-cultural and Transcultural Performance, Climate Emergency dramaturgy and performance, Community Engagement, Digital and Zoom Pedagogy, Diversity and Actor Training

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

Biography

Kathryn is a dramaturg and theatre historian and she is currently a Lecturer at QUT in the Drama area in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Justice (CIEJ). Her research interests include dramaturgy and socially engaged, feminist and transcultural performance practices.

She completed her PhD on the Pedagogy of Dramaturgy in 2017 at the University of Queensland and has taught extensively in the last seven years at Institutions including: Western Australian Academy for the Performing Arts (WAAPA), Flinders University, Griffith University, and the Southbank Institute of Technology.

Her publications include a history of Australian dramaturgy 2000-2010 in Catching Australian Theatre in the 2000s (Australian Theatre Series, Bril) as well as with the Theatre, Dance Performance Training; International Journal of Media and Performance; Australasian Drama Studies; Performing Ethos; Body, Space, Technology; Social Alternatives, Fusions and various industry journals. She was a long-time Real Time contributor and continues to mentor young critics and dramaturgs.

Her current research projects include an international collaboration around climate crisis, The SAND Project. Outcomes from The SAND Project which will premiere in the Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) in February, 2020 and the Tokyo Tokyo Olympic Arts and Cultural Festival in June, 2021; Rovers Community Engagement which is a project to explore First Nations community engagement models for Australian performance using the 8ways model in collaboration with First Nation artists during its nine-stop national tour (2021).

Since 2021 she has won $105,000 of external and internal grant funding through QUT, building on decades of grant funding success in the arts and cultural sector.

Her dramaturgy practice is in text-based theatre, contemporary performance and socially engaged practice. She is currently company dramaturg and Chair with award-winning, all-female theatre company, Belloo Creative, who are the Company in Residence at Queensland Theatre: http://www.belloocreative.com and whose adaptation of Kris Olsen’s memoir, Boy Lost will be on at Queensland Theatre in late 2022.

She has worked for every major festival and theatre company in Queensland; nationally for Theatreworks (Melbourne); Malthouse (Melbourne); Australian Theatre Transforms (Sydney) and the Darwin Writers Centre and internationally for the Factory Theatre and Cahoots Theatre Projects in Toronto, Canada.

Formerly, she has worked as CEO of Playlab (2004-2008), Australia’s second largest theatrical publisher and as Resident Artist for World Interplay, which was the largest festival for young playwrights in the world. She has also worked for Arts Queensland and other arts organisations in her twenty-five years in the performance sector.

Professional Dramaturgical Credits:

Belloo Creative: http://www.bellloocreative.com and our recent shows include: ROVERS, at NORPA (Lismore NSW) 2018 and Brisbane Festival, on tour in 2020; SAND, a bi-lingual Japanese-Australian physical theatre work with a public outcome at Flowstate at Southbank Parklands in November 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.

She has 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 Brisbane Powerhouse; Alone Together With Me, Dance Massive, Abbotsford Convent, 2019;  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.

She has 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. She has 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). She was the Executive Director of Playlab from 2004-2008, publishing twenty-four new Australian plays; Resident Artist with World Interplay in 2005 and she 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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Kathryn Kelly.

Teaching

Lecturer, QUT, Drama, School of Creative Practice, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Justice

  • Unit Coordination & Lecturer for Units including: Story & Performance & Plays that Changed the World.
  • Project Leader for Situated Creative Practice for industry partnerships with Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Slingsby and Playlab Press.

Academic Consultant (dramaturgical training in intensive delivery mode) for WAAPA (2015-2020), 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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Kathryn Kelly.

Experience

Resident Company (Belloo Creative) with Queensland Theatre (2019-2020)

External Examiner: University of New England (2018-2020); University of Southern Queensland.

Freelance Dramaturg in Brisbane, Toronto & Melbourne (2000-2021) 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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Kathryn Kelly.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2019
Details
#Me Too #Act Two Facilitator of Forum on Sexual Violence in the performing arts and entertainment industries, on Monday 28 October, 2019, at Queensland Theatre https://www.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0030/94179/svpg-full-activity-list.pdf https://www.facebook.com/events/993206994354735/ https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/metoo-act-two-share-reflect-prevent-tickets-77990185745
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
Invitation from the University of Queensland Drama Department to speak as an expert panel member on a Dramaturgy Roundtable on March 22, 2019 featuring Dr Katalin Trencsenyi, internationally renowned dramaturg and author of 'Dramaturgy in the Making.' She is the UQ Drama Fellow for 2019. Event will also be a part of the Tri-Penta Drama Departments quarterly meeting.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
Expert Panel member: 'State of Play: Australian Theatre Criticism: 27 September, 3-4pm, Geoffrey Rush Studio, Centre for Critical and Creative Writing, University of Queensland. Other panel members include former Arts Editor of 'The Weekend Australian' - Miriam Cosic: currently arts reviewer for 'The Monthly' and renowned theatre critic, Alison Croggan and First Nations Critic Carissa Lee and Chair, Dr Stephen Carleton. https://hass.uq.edu.au/event/5290/state-play-australian-arts-criticism-panel
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2018
Details
Dr Kathryn Kelly was invited to be an industry consultant on the job panel for the new Queensland Writers Centre (the peak body for writing in Queensland) CEO.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2018
Details
Queensland Theatre is the premier theatre company in Queensland, and a statutory authority of the Queensland State Government. The company hasn't invited an independent theatre company to be a resident since 2016 and Belloo Creative will advise on dramaturgy, programming and advocacy to the Queensland theatre sector. The company will also be commissioned for a work to be presented in the 50th Anniversary year of the Company, in 2020.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
Realtime, Australia's only national arts magazine has invited significant contributors to speak at a national conference to celebrate their final edition, as part of the Carriageworks, Liveworks Festival in Sydney. Sunday October, 21, 2018.
Type
Recipient of an Australia Council Grant or Australia Council Fellowship
Reference year
2018
Details
Ap.237484. For Belloo Creative to attend Tokyo Performing Arts Market in 2018. Highly competitive peer reviewed process.
Type
Recipient of an Australia Council Grant or Australia Council Fellowship
Reference year
2018
Details
App. 242530: International Development of new intercultural work, SAND, in Japan, in 2018, for 2020 NORPA season. Additional to funding to attend TPAM in 2018, Belloo Creative undertook an additional competitive peer reviewed process to receive $7,555.00 to fund a creative development with Japanese company, Idiot Savant, in Tokyo, in February, 2018.
Type
Recipient of an Australia Council Grant or Australia Council Fellowship
Reference year
2018
Details
Ap.249242. Re: TPAM Performing Arts Meeting Congratulations on your successful application to the Australia Council for the Arts. We have approved $3,000 for the following purpose: Strengthening relationships and promoting Belloo Creative's new intercultural work SAND at TPAM. This is the third year in a row the Australia Council has funded Belloo Creative to attend TPAM, a significant investment and one that indicates the company's status as a leading intercultural performance company in Australia.
Type
Recipient of an Australia Council Grant or Australia Council Fellowship
Reference year
2017
Details
Ap. 226952. Grant Application: Forging Japanese connections for Belloo Creative and HANAKO. This was funding for Belloo Creative to attend the prestigious Tokyo Performing Arts Market to pitch their intercultural, bi-lingual, Japanese-Australian new performance work, HANAKO and to develop long-term relationships with venues and artists in Japan.

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Augmented Performance: Integrating theatre and augmented reality in the creation of evocative performance narratives
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr David Megarrity
  • Evolution of Deaf Theatre in Australia
    MPhil, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Bree Hadley

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)