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Dr Steph Hutchison
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Creative Practice,
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
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Doctor of Philosophy (Deakin University), Master of Arts (Deakin University)


dance, technology, improvisation, physical thinking prototypes, choreography, motion capture, robotics, artificial intelligence

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


Dr Steph Hutchison is a choreographer, performer and artist-researcher. At the Queensland University of Technology, Steph is a dance academic and leader for the Experimental Creative Practice research theme of the Creative Lab, and co-leader for the Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy. Her practice is driven by dance with a focus on endurance, extreme physicality and improvisation, and collaborations with motion capture, animation, robotics, haptics, and artificially intelligent performance agents. She has collaborated extensively on art, research, and industry projects with Deakin Motion.lab and John McCormick. Steph’s current research builds upon her Physical Thinking Prototypes establishing processes, methods and systems for constructing dancing bodies and ways of thinking in the digital age. Physical Thinking Prototypes also provide a methodology for calibrating participants systems within the Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy at QUT – enabling, opening and creating potentials via embodied practice and experience.


Steph completed her PhD research at Deakin Motion.lab – meta: discourses from dancers inside action machines.


This information has been contributed by Dr Steph Hutchison.


Steph’s teaching experience spans professional, community, tertiary, secondary and primary settings. She has been an Artist in Residence for Arts Centre Melbourne and a guest/sessional teacher for Deakin University, Dancehouse, National Theatre Ballet School, and National Institute of Circus Arts, among others.

At QUT Steph currently designs, facilitates, mentors, coordinates or teaches into:

  • Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy
  • Dance and Technology
  • Dance Composition
  • Screen Dance
  • Dance Technique
  • Dance Performance
  • Foundations in Improvisation and Choreographic Practice
This information has been contributed by Dr Steph Hutchison.


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


Current supervisions

  • A Structured Digitisation Framework for the Conservation and Archiving of Traditional Sarawak Iban Dance Using Motion Capture
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Staché daCosta, Mr Sorin Oancea
  • Designing authentic digital performance: a mixed methods study of Australian scenographic practice and audience reception
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Gene Moyle