Personal details

Professor Sandra Gattenhof
Director of Research Training
Creative Industries Faculty,
Research Office,
CIF Research Office - HDR Student Office
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Policy and Administration
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Arts (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy through the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching (QALT).

Board member of National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE).

Drama Queensland Life Member awarded for Longstanding Contribution to the Drama Community.



arts education, arts and cultural evaluation, contemporary performance, drama education, theatre for young people, creativity education

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


Sandra Gattenhof is Professor and Director of Research Training in the Creative Industries Faculty. She is the co-leader of Creative Placemaking for Social Impact Tier 3 Research Group. She has previously been Discipline Leader – Dance, Drama, Music in the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (January-July 2017) and Head of Drama (2011-2016) and co-leader of the Creative Education and Creative Workforce theme in the  Creative Lab at QUT. Sandra specialises in arts and cultural evaluation, drama/arts in schools & communities, postdramatic theatre and contemporary performance for children and young people. A life-long educator and trained primary teacher Sandra has a passion for art-based projects (with particular engagement of drama) that focus upon early childhood and primary students in low-socio economic situations. Sandra has been at the forefront of the development of The Arts national curriculum serving as an Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority Advisory Group Member and Drama consultant. She is a Drama Australia Board member in the role of Director of Arts Education and Industry Partnerships and is Drama Australia’s representative on National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) the body that successfully lobbied the Federal Government for the inclusion of The Arts in the Australian National Curriculum. Since 2006 Sandra has been active as content researcher, deviser, performer in a Research Consultancy Cluster between Creative Industries Faculty, Faculty of Health, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Queensland Health that focuses on using performance/drama methodology to develop and deliver training around conflict resolution and workplace change to clinicians and management personnel in Queensland Health settings. In the past three years Sandra has undertaken large-scale arts evaluation projects for Brisbane Festival and Queensland Performing Arts Centre (Kite Yonder Project). In 2011 Sandra was recipient of QUT Creative Industries Faculty Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Innovation and in 2012 was awarded Drama Queensland Life Member Award for Longstanding Contribution to the Drama Community. She is a recipient of the 2007 Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award (in recognition of a significant and superior contribution to the work of the University); 2007 Carrick Awards Citation Nominee for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning; and 2006 QUT Creative Industries Faculty Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career). Her creative practice and research centres on theatre for children and young people, contemporary performance primary drama education and new media/interactive teaching environments.

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

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

The Role of the Creative Arts in Regional Australia: A Social Impact Model
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year


Current supervisions

  • Entrepreneurship in undergraduate music programs in Colombia: current approaches and future directions
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kristina Kelman
  • A Community and Cultural Development Practice for the 21st Century - Virtuosity and Community Dramaturgy to Amplify Transformational Change
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Emeritus Professor Brad Haseman, Dr Gavin Carfoot
  • Creative Insights: Senior school students' experience of creativity in Queensland arts and non- arts based subjects
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kelli McGraw
  • Always was, always will be: Continuing ancestral connectivity through performance
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Juliana Mclaughlin, Professor Susan Carson
  • Organising Chaos - A framework for the mass delivery of personal learning experiences in the Creative and Performing Arts
    Professional Doctorate, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor John Banks
  • Creating Narratives for NAIDOC Week: an examination of current and emergent narratives between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians centred around large-scale community events
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Leah King-Smith

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)