Faculty of Education and Arts

Dr Angela Campbell

Position: Lecturer
Study area: Performing Arts
Location: Arts Academy, Camp Street, Rm 302
Phone: 5327 8616
Email: a.campbell@federation.edu.au


  • PhD (Murdoch University)
  • MA (Arts) (University of Brisbane)
  • Diploma of Arts (Acting) Victorian College of the Arts
  • BA (University Melbourne)


  • Critical Studies in Theatre, Acting
  • PAATC1001, Seeing Theatre/Making Theatre,
  • PAATC1002, Australian Theatre History (Acting)
  • PAATC2003, Performing with Style (Acting)
  • PAATC2004, Making it Real (Acting)
  • Critical Studies in Theatre, Music Theatre
  • PAMTC1001, Broadway: A Music Theatre Tradition
  • PAMTC1002, Australian Theatre History (Music Theatre)
  • PAMTC2003, Performing with Style (Music Theatre)
  • PAMTC2003, Making it Real (Music Theatre)


Dr Campbell teaches a range of courses that focus on theories of performance and aspects of the history of theatre and music theatre.  These more traditionally academic subjects are designed to link closely with the studio delivered, practice-based approach that students undertake throughout the reset of their degree.

This move between theory and practice has been a feature of Angela's professional development. After graduating as an actor from Victorian College of the Arts, she worked as a freelance actor in mainstage and independent theatre, film and television.  Along with colleagues, she formed Hildegard Theatre Company and went on to create a number of innovative new works based in culturally specific, physical theatre practice that toured nationally and internationally.  In 1995-6, with Hildegard, she initiated the intercultural theatre project Inje, produced in collaboration with Sofia New University in Bulgaria.  This project involved extended research in Bulgaria where she studied traditional folk singing, dancing and folk-lore while co-devising with avant-garde theatre director Vaskresia Vicharova.  The Australia Council funded project Inje was featured in the Appolonia Summer Festival in Sozopol, Bulgaria in 1995 and then in the Adelaide International Arts Festival, 1996.  It subsequently toured to Melbourne and Sydney under the auspices of Performing Lines, Australia.

Dr Campbell completed her Master of Arts from the University of Queensland in 2002 in Creative Writing. Her thesis, Vampires in the Bush investigates the aesthetics and politics of intercultural theatre and includes a full-length play that was awarded creative development funding from the Australia Council and was featured in the National Playwrights' Conference, 2006.  She completed her PhD, Located Stories: Theatre Makes Place with the Body at Murdoch University, 2009. Her thesis asks: if theatre makes place with the body, what kind of a place are contemporary theatre creators making of Australia? Her creative and analytical responses to this question are offered in the form of a play script, a performative lecture and a set of case studies in which three contemporary Australian theatre productions are framed within philosophical notions of place. The performative lecture has been published in Performance Paradigm in 2008 and the play, Orchids and Insects, was awarded development funding from Stages, WA.

Areas of expertise

Playwrighting / dramaturgical development

Invited participant:

  • Australian Theatre Forum, Invited Delegate: Meat Market, Melbourne, 2010
  • Dramaturgies #4: New Dramaturgies for the C21, generating new ecologies for theatrical practice in the twenty-first century, Faculty of the VCA and Music, University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Dramaturgies II. University of Melbourne, 2006
  • Generative Writing with Jenny Kemp.  Four series of workshops conducted from 2000 – 2006.
  • Two week script development, Vampires in the Bush, Playwrighting Australia Conference, 2006.
  • Writing secondment on Fountains Beyond, directed by Wesley Enoch for QTC and the Brisbane Festival, 2000.

Acting / devising

Co-founder of Hildegard Theatre Company. Produced, acted in and co-devised One Dark Wednesday, Woman in the Wall, (La Mama, Castlemaine Festival) The Wedding (The Wharf Theatre, Sydney and Theatreworks, Arts Centre, Melbourne.), Three Sisters, (Theatre Works) Al Andalus, (Theatreworks) Inje performed in Bulgaria at the Sozopol Arts Festival, 1995 and Australian tour (Adelaide International Festival of the Arts, 1996, Theatreworks, Melbourne, Belvoir St, downstairs, Sydney.)

  • Wonderlands, deckchair theatre, director Angela Chaplin (2007)
  • Ordinary Misery, La Mama, director David Wicks (2003)
  • Charitable Intent, Athenaeum II, director Tom Gutteridge (2002)
  • Skin of Our Teeth  QTC, director, Michael Gow (2000)
  • Vertigo and the Virginia,  QTC, director, Tom Gutteridge (1999)
  • Broken Glass, QTC, director, Jennifer Flowers (1998)

Research interests

In my research I continue to explore links between theatre theory and theatre practice. I am currently investigating the connections between theatre and democracy, in practice and in theory.

My academic research areas and publications include

  • the politics and poetics of place in theatre
  • intercultural theatre practices
  • Aboriginal theatre
  • contemporary dramaturgies, paradigms and practices in theatre and performance
  • music theatre
  • methods of practice led research
  • creating theatre from the archives.


Book chapters

"Located Stories: the place of practice-led research" in Live Research: Models of Practice-led Research in Performance, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, 2012.

"The Odyssey: Metaphors of Place and Space in Theatre and in Myth" in Close Relations: the Spaces of Greek and Roman Theatre. Edited by Jane Griffiths, Paul Monaghan and Frank Sear, Cambridge Scholars Press. Pending, 2013

"The Arts Academy of Ballarat: Teaching undergraduates from the 'off centre." Angela Campbell, Kim Durban, Julianne Eveleigh, Adam Powers and Wendy Rechenberg, Ross Hall, Pedagogies for the Future: Quality Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (accepted) Sense Publications, pending 2013.

Refereed journal articles

"Georgiana Molloy and the Ethics of Writing Performance From the Archive" Australian Drama Studies. no. 58, April, 2011

"Yandy: walking the uneven lie of a mining boom" Australasian Drama Studies, no.56, Apr 2010: (53)-70

"The More I Study Nature: Georgiana Molloy and the Code of Modernity." Performance Paradigm 4, 2008.

"The Tempest: Creating Dialogue from Points of Difference." Journal of Australian Studies 82 (June 2004), published by the Australian Public Intellectual Network. Subsequently featured as 'Article of the Week' for the API Network website, August 2005.

Seminar presentations

"The Odyssey: Dramaturgical Constructions of Place and Space in Theatre and in Myth." Australasian Drama Studies Association Conference, July, University of Qld, QUT, 2012.

"Claiming the off-centre:  A trans-cultural story of a regional and sustainable arts practice at the Arts Academy, University of Ballarat." Australasian Drama Studies Association Conference, June-July, 2011, Monash University.

"The Drover's Wives: Lace Passes into Nothingness." Australasian Drama Studies Association Conference, ANU, Canberra, July, 2010.

"Georgiana Molloy and the Hidden Code of Modernity" Double Dialogues. Conference, (Deakin University and University of Melbourne) @ VCA, 2009.

"Yandy: Walking the Lie of a Mining Boom" Australian Drama Studies  Association Conference, Perth, 2009

"The More I Study History: Georgiana Molloy and a Journey Through the Archive." After Effects: Trauma, Memory, Performativity Symposium.  UNSW. Nov, 2008

Forum Chair:  Making Theatre Across Cultures for the Perth International Arts Festival on Intercultural Theatre, 2008

'The More I Study Nature: Georgiana Molloy and the Code of Modernity'. Performative Lecture delivered at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Literature, Science and the Arts, hosted by Bowdoin College, held in Portland, Maine, USA, 2007

"The Odyssey: A Semi-Socratic Dialogue", Australasian Drama Studies Association Conference, University of Melbourne, 2007

"Creating Dialogue from Points of Difference", Australian, Canadian, New Zealand Studies Conference, Canberra, 2002

'With Brutal Honesty'; Monologue written for and performed in the Brisbane Writers Festival, 2000, subsequently published in Playworks Magazine.

"The Persistence of Difference" Australia Council Forum on Intercultural Performance. November, 2000, subsequently published on the Australia Council website.


  • Executive Member, responsible for Linkages: Australasian Drama Studies Association
  • Arts Academy Research and Higher Degrees, Staff Development Committee