Campbell, Angela Dr

Position: Senior Lecturer
Study area: Performing arts
Location: Camp Street Campus, Old Law Courts Building, Room C202
Phone: 5327 8616


Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, Located Stories: Theatre Makes Place with the Body, 2009.

Masters of Arts, University of Queensland, Vampires in the Bush, 2003.

Diploma of Arts (Acting), Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 1989

BA, University of Melbourne, 1982

Post-graduate diploma in Librarianship, RMIT, 1984



  • Bachelor of Applied Creative Arts, Program Leader
  • Bachelor of Stage and Screen, Senior Lecturer
  • Bachelor of Music Theatre, Senior Lecturer


  • Seeing Theatre/Making Theatre, PAATC1001
  • Australian Theatre History, PAATC1002
  • Performing with Style, PAATC2003
  • Making it Real, PAATC2004
  • Broadway: A Music Theatre Tradition, MTHIS1001
  • Program Leadership: Bachelor of Applied Creative Arts


My research and published work in theatre and performance has been both practical and theoretical investigating site-specific theatre, the politics and poetics of place, Indigenous theatre, contemporary paradigms and practices in theatre and performance, and practice led research. I am currently investigating the intersections between performing heritage and history, ecology and sustainability in theatre and performance. My research interests have developed from 15 years’ experience as a freelance actor and theatre creator in a range of industry environments from mainstream to independent production, film and TV. I co-founded Hildegard Theatre, an award winning independent theatre company that began creative investigations with culturally specific materials; song, dance and stories, and worked through intercultural collaboration to create performances that toured nationally and internationally.

My teaching and learning experience in theatre and performance, in theory and in practice, reflects my research interests.

I teach undergraduate Performing Art students (Acting and Music Theatre) Critical Studies and theatre history. I have developed, written and am Program Leader of a new undergraduate program, Bachelor of Applied Creative Arts. Working closely with the City of Ballarat and in also in Gippsland, with local and visiting artists, I continue to investigate Work Integrated Learning (WIL) via community based public performance projects undertaken by students. This applied work sits alongside teaching and learning in more traditional, academic settings.

My HDR supervisions follow related themes of theatre and performance practice as it intersects with history, heritage, eco-performance and sustainability.

Areas of expertise

  • the politics and poetics of place
  • performing heritage
  • creating theatre from the archives.
  • theatre and ecology
  • Indigenous theatre
  • contemporary dramaturgies
  • music theatre
  • practice led research


Scholarly book chapters

Campbell, Angela. “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, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016.

Campbell, Angela. “Located Stories: The Place of Practice-led Research” in Live Research: Models of Practice-led Research in Performance, commissioned by the Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, 2012.

Peer reviewed journal publications

Hains-Wesson, Rachael, Vikki Pollard and Angela Campbell. "Street Performing Arts Students' process of improvisation for teamwork: A Three-stage Model". IIER 27(1), 2017.

Campbell, Angela. “Journeys into Extinction: I, Animal and They Saw a Thylacine. Ctrl-Z, New Media Philosophy, 2016.

“Performing Cultural Heritage: Authenticity and the Spirit of Rebellion”, Australasian Drama Studies, 66, April 2015.

Hains-Wesson, Rachael and Angela Campbell, “Balancing risk? First year performing arts students' experience of a community arts event” Issues in Educational Research, IIER 24(3), 2014.

Campbell, Angela. “Georgiana Molloy and the Ethics of Writing Performance From the Archive” Australasian Drama Studies. no. 58, April, 2011.

Yandy: walking the uneven lay 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 Australasian 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.

Conference papers

“Performing Extinction: I, Animal and They Saw a Thylacine,” Performance Studies International, University of Melbourne, July 2016.

Remember and March: the poetics and politics of heritage street performance.” Australian History Association conference, July, 2016.

Grants: Research and engagement

Campbell, A, Big Walk to Golden Mountain, Punctum, $10,000 Sidney Myer, Chairman’s Discretionary Fund, for Asia TOPA Festival, 2017.

Living Heritage: Ignite Your Curiosity City of Ballarat, $1,500, 2016.

Campbell, A, Duffy, M, Beer, T Watermark@Narmbool (collaborative project between artists, scientists and social scientists to explore transformation of waterways across interrelated ecological and cultural landscapes) Faculty of Education and Arts (FedUni) Small Research Grant Scheme, $5,000, 2015.

Ives, B, Campbell, A, #Lovely War Community Impact Grant City of Ballarat, $9,000, 2015.

Smith, C, Campbell, A, Living Heritage: Trades and Traditions. Future Designers Program, Industry Engagement Plan, Department of State Development, Business and Innovation, Victoria, $10,000, matched with equal contributions from FedUni and the City of Ballarat Council, 2014.

Litras, A, Campbell, A, The Line $2,500 City of Ballarat, Cultural Development Fund, with the support of Lifeline, for creative development, 2014.

Litras, A, Campbell, A, The Line $3,000 Regional Arts Victoria, Quick Response Fund for creative development, 2014.

Campbell, A, The Line, Small Research Grant, University of Ballarat, $4,000, 2014.

Campbell, A, Sovereign Hill Project, Small Research Grant Scheme, University of Ballarat, $4,000, Small Research Grant Scheme, 2013.

Non-traditional research

2013-2015, Co-director/dramaturg, project leader, Living Heritage.

2015 Collecting Landscape, with Tanja Beer and Amy Tsilemanis, for Robe/s for Punctum Inc.

2016-2017, Co-dramaturg with Jude Anderson, Punctum, Stage 2: Big Walk to Golden Mountain, Asia Topa, 2017, Castlemaine State Festival 2017.

Committees and supervisions

  • 2017 Teaching and Learning Committee
  • 2015-2017, Faculty of Education and Arts, Research Committee, Research Leader
  • 2013-2014, Faculty of Education and Arts, Research Committee
  • 2013-2014, Australasian Drama Studies Executive Committee
  • PhD supervisions: Georgia Snowball, Karen Berger, Amy Tsilemanis
  • MA supervision: Janelle Anthony


  • E J Barker Fellowship, 2016.
  • Ballarat Heritage Award, Heritage Innovation: #Lovely War, with Bryce Ives and Kim Durban, 2016
  • Federation University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015
  • Ballarat Heritage Award, Heritage Innovation: Living Heritage: Trades and Tradition, 2014 for 'excellence, innovation and best practice in heritage' with Christine Smith (Visual Communications) and visiting artists, Tanja Beer and Amy Tsilemanis.
  • Matilda Award, Best Actress Award, 1999, (Vertigo and the Virginia)
  • Victorian Green Room Awards (Nomination), Best Musical Theatre, 1993, Hildegard Theatre (The Wedding), Best Musical Theatre, 1991, Hildegard Theatre, (The Woman in the Wall).