Personal details

Name
Dr Shane Pike
Position(s)
Lecturer
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Drama
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Phone
+61 7 3138 0945
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

PhD - Performing Arts, Directing (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), GDLP (The Australian National University), LLB (The Australian National University), BA - Drama Hons. First Class (The Australian National University), BCA - Theatre (University of Tasmania)

Professional memberships
and associations

Australasian Association of Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies

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

Biography

Dr Tsing-Pike is Lecturer in Drama in the School of Creative Practice, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology. He is also a practicing writer/director with a specialised interest in contemporary Australian theatre and (re)presentations of gender in performance.

With a PhD (Performing Arts – Directing) from one of the world’s leading arts academies, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Shane has directed performances nationally and internationally and his creative works are frequently produced.

As an educator, he has worked with students at the University of Queensland, the University of Tasmania, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and Edith Cowan University. As an emerging academic, Dr Pike has an increasing presence in the area of gender and technology in performance, particularly focused on practice-led research.

With a passion for contemporary Australian theatre, a significant amount of his work is dedicated to exploring (and expressing) Australian identity/ies. Along these lines, notable directing credits include Stephen House’s Appalling Behaviour (Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse) and Go by Night (ANU Arts Centre, Canberra; Feast Festival, Adelaide), Merlynn Tong’s Ma Ma Ma Mad (Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse), Joanna Murray-Smith’s Flame and Love Child (ANU Arts Centre, Canberra) and Van Badham’s Dole Diary (The Street Theatre, Canberra).

Dr Tsing-Pike’s written works also show a dedication to telling Australian stories – Nineteen (Brisbane Powerhouse), Bloke (Anywhere Festival), Yesterday’s Hero (Perth Fringe World) and FUCK!Dance (Taanteatro Companhia, São Paulo, Brazil) were written after extensive research into Australian male indentity, which included conducting interviews with young Australians from around the country. These plays are performative/dramatised expressions of that research and the lived experiences uncovered through those interviews, yet purposefully presented in the traditions of mainstream contemporary Australian theatre in order to appeal to (and therefore reach) a wide audience. He is one of only two Australian artists with experience in Theatre of Tensions, a method of theatre-making created by the Brazilian dance-theatre company, Taanteatro Companhia. Shane completed a residency with this company at their São Paulo State headquarters in 2013 and Theatre of Tensions now regularly informs his work as a writer and as a director.

In addition to his PhD in Performing Arts from WAAPA, Shane also has a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Drama Honours), a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, all from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Theatre) from the University of Tasmania.

This information has been contributed by Dr Shane Pike.

Teaching

Coordinator KTB326 Drama Practice 5: Realisation

Coordinator KTB227 Leadership in a Creative Context

Coordinator KTB216 Drama Practice 2: Interpretation

Coordinator KSB239 Acting Studies 3: The Actor and the Screen

This information has been contributed by Dr Shane Pike.

Experience

Awards and Achievements

  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Synergy Project Grant
  • Queensland Arts Showcase Program Grant
  • Edith Cowan University Research Excellence Award
  • Edith Cowan University Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Professional Outputs and Engagement

  • Director, The Last Athenian, Geoffrey Rush Studio, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble
  • Adjudicator, The Gold Coast Secondary Schools Drama Festival
  • Director, Nineteen, Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Co-Artistic Director, Wax Lyrical Productions
  • Director, Appalling Behaviour, Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Creative Producer and Production Manager, Carrie the Musical, Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Director, Ma Ma Ma Mad, Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Writer/Dramaturg, Ten Percent Terror (Development), Brisbane Powerhouse, Dancenorth, Company 2 and Ministry for the Arts.
  • Commission, The Boys of St Crispian, Playlab (Lab Rats Development Programme)
  • Writer/Performer, Bloke: A man’s 21st century guide to emotional fulfillment (or not, maybe it’s just about sex…), Blackwall Artist Space, Anywhere Theatre Festival
  • Writer, Yesterday’s Hero, Velvet Lounge, Perth Fringe World
  • Writer/Director, Yesterday’s Hero, Enright Theatre, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Writer/Deviser/Performer, FUCK!Dance, Taanteatro Companhia Rural Theatre Space, São Paulo – Brazil
  • Director, Lifted!, The Castello, Perth Fringe World
  • Director, Go by Night, Feast Adelaide and ANU Arts Centre
  • Director, Dole Diary, The Street Theatre
  • Co-Writer/Director, Sail Away, GMS Theatre (Children’s Theatre), Seoul – South Korea
  • Resident Artist, Taanteatro Companhia, São Paulo – Brazil
This information has been contributed by Dr Shane Pike.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
An invited speaker at the annual ADSA conference held this year at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania. Paper presented: Brisbane Festival's Theatre Republic 2018: Sometimes so "woke" it put half the audience to sleep. ADSA is the peak body for performance research in Australia.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
In 2019 I was invited to present at the AusAct conference held at Queensland University of Technology. The presentation discussed my current research projects incorporating digital technologies into actor-training, particularly relevant to postgraduate studies in the conservatory.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2019
Details
The Gold Coast Secondary School's Drama Festival runs over 3 weekends in August each year and 2019 was their 47th year. There are 3 sections ranging from year groups at school (Junior is Year 7 and 8, Intermediate is Year 9 and 10 and Senior is Year 11 and 12). The Intermediate section is from Thursday 22nd ¿ Saturday 24th August and each night starts at 6pm; there are approximately 5 plays on each night (they run from 25 ¿ 35 minutes each). I was the industry adjudicator for the intermediate section.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
In 2018 I was invited to present at the AusAct conference held at Charles Sturt University. The presentation discussed the potential barriers of incorporating ¿digital performance¿ into traditional actor-training courses and the limitations of the technology within a conservatory training context. It examined possible areas of conservatoire evolution to include such skills-based teaching units into academy offerings and assess the somewhat uncertain ongoing viability of this technology as a valid benefit to employment, considering barriers such as the cataloguing of motion capture and the subsequent declining need for live performers to provide ¿motion¿. Current practice-led research projects that attempt to generate ¿digital scripts¿ ¿ involving acting students in the provision and recording of 3D projected, interactive characters through motion capture technology ¿ were used as points of reference.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2017
Details
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) provides funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The Arts Ignite category awards funding of up to $60,000 for new works to support the creative development and public presentation of new works which: respond to demand; and/or cultivate new and emerging talent and extends artists and/or organisations¿ practice, audiences and markets. This highly competitive grant was awarded to Dr Shane Pike for the production of a new work "Nineteen", a practice-led research project based on several years of field research exploring notions of masculinity in a contemporary Australian context, and how this construct may negatively impact the health and well-being of young people when shaping their identity. This project was supported Wax Lyrical Productions, Arts Queensland, the Queensland university of Technology, Playlab, Arts Centre Gold Coast, The National
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2016
Details
The Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Dr Pike was invited to present a paper, and an example of his practice, as part of a keynote session at the annual ADSA conference. The topic explored the commercial viability of practice-led research in the context of creative industries. ADSA is the peak academic association promoting the study of drama in any performing medium throughout the Australasian region. ADSA represents members of staff and postgraduate students of Australasian institutions of tertiary education who are engaged in teaching, research and practice in theatre, drama and performance studies. Directors of associated theatres and members of the theatrical profession are also active members. ADSA¿s annual conference is usually held in July.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2015
Details
Dr Pike was a commissioned Dramaturg for the creative work, "Ten Percent Terror". Ten Percent Terror brings together leading creatives from the fields of contemporary theatre, contemporary dance, music theatre, circus and digital arts in the first collaboration of its kind. Commissioned by Brisbane Powerhouse, with support from the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund and in partnership with Dancenorth and Company 2, this is an inter-disciplinary work that combines theatrical narrative with eloquent physicality, through circus and dance, to express certain truths of the soldiers' experience. This production will be a circus-narrative that uses the form and language of circus to express the key themes of risk, panic and brotherhood. Ten Percent Terror is intended to be a work of scale, yet also intimacy: of stillness and panic, inertia and chaos. Project partners, Dancenorth and Company 2, share the vision to use contemporary artistic disciplines to connect younger and modern audiences
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2015
Details
As Commissioned by the Brisbane Powerhouse Foundation, Dr Pike was a party to the funding application for Ten Percent Terror ($25,000) Brisbane Powerhouse, Dancenorth and Company 2 will partner together to develop a new performance work commemorating the ANZAC Centenary. Ten Percent Terror will use the contemporary art forms of circus, dance, and digital arts to connect modern audiences to the ANZAC legacy. Sitting across two time periods, Ten Percent Terror explores the dual narratives of contemporary Australians serving in Afghanistan with those of young soldiers in Turkey a century before. With themes of risk, trust and brotherhood, the work reflects on the emotional commonalities of war experiences, whether in Turkey in 1915 or Kandahar in 2015. The project represents a unique approach to the commemoration of the ANZAC legacy, demonstrating that 21st century reflection on, and recognition of, the impacts of war can take place in many diverse forms beyond those traditionally used,
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2015
Details
Dr Pike was an invited expert panel member on the ABC's Big Idea's program. Big Ideas is a nationally broadcast programme (internationally via ABC online), which brings the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world. As part of the ANZAC Centenary celebrations, Dr Pike was invited to speak as a key creative involved in the development of an inter-disciplinary performance work funded by the Federal Government's ANZAC Centenary Fund, exploring Australia's cultural identity and its strong foundations in the nation's wartime past.
Type
Publicly commissioned Artworks
Reference year
2015
Details
A highly competitive development grant provided by virtue of dramaturgical and other support for a new dramatic work.

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Gaming the Narrative: Authoring Emergence by Designing for Authority, Audience Agency, and Uncertainty in Theatre and Play
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jane Turner