Personal details

Name
Dr Kathryn Kelly
Position(s)
Lecturer in Drama
Creative Industries Faculty,
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
ORCID iD
Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australasian Drama Studies Member

Keywords

Dramaturgy, Dramaturgical thinking, Australian dramaturgy, the Pedagogy of Dramaturgy, Women in Australian Theatre, Inter-cultural Performance

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

Biography

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 and Brisbane Festival; 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. 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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Kathryn Kelly.

Teaching

Lecturer, QUT, Performance Studies, Faculty of Creative Industries

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

This information has been contributed by Dr Kathryn Kelly.

Experience

Freelance Dramaturg in Brisbane, Toronto & Melbourne (2000-2018) 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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Awards

Awards and recognition

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
Funding Award
Reference year
2018
Details
City of Stonnington funding for ALONE TOGETHER, Melbourne, 2018
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2018
Details
Flowstate Residency, 6-11, November, 2018. This residency for the SAND project attracted $10,000 investment from Flowstate.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2018
Details
Brisbane City Council Creative Sparks, 2018 for ROVERS and SAND, $19,900.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2018
Details
Don Batchelor Award for Drama
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2018
Details
QASP Award from Arts Queensland for the SAND project and ROVERS. $29,900.00
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
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
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.