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Dr Frances Barbe

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9370 6161, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML2.206
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6161
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML2.206  


Frances is a Lecturer and the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Performing Arts course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She is also supervises postgraduate research.


Before commencing at WAAPA, ECU, Frances was based in the United Kingdom working at the University of Kent 2001 – 2010 and as a special guest teacher for Central School of Speech and Drama, Exeter University, Birkbeck, Rose Bruford, East 15 and Plymouth University. She also worked as a freelance performer, choreographer/director, and movement director in London, throughout the UK and internationally.

Her teaching focus is movement, creative process, devising and directing contemporary performance.

Professional associations

  • 2017 - Intercultural Theatre Institute, Singapore,  Academic Board

Research areas and interests

  • Performer Training (movement and creativity)
  • Butoh dance
  • Devised Performance
  • Intercultural performance
  • Japanese Theatre.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 2012.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, England, 2007.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • Barbe, F., (2016), Exquisite: An intercultural encounter with grief. Exquisite, part of Deathfest, Metro Arts, Brisbane, Metro Arts.
  • Barbe, F., Smith, A., (2015), Tender Napalm (co-director). 8th Asia-Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools and Director's Conference, Singapore Airline Theatre, La Salle College of the Arts.

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Noting The Self: From Embodying Buddhist Vipassana Meditation To Meditation-based Performance.
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Dialogue Not Diatribe: Methods For A Practice Of Socio-humanitarian Playwriting
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Sites Of Justice: Face-to-face Encounters Through Dance-making In Meeting Places
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Reinvention Of Tradition: Transformation Of Chinese Water Sleeve Dance And Tai Ji In Contemporary Performer Training And Performance Making
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  The Fifth Sparrow: In Memory Of Mollie Skinner
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