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Dr Alexa Taylor

Lecturer

Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9370 6039
Email: alexa.taylor@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML3.296  

Alexa is a Lecturer in Performance Making at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Current teaching

  • BPA2006 – Site Specific, Immersive, and Participatory Performance
  • BPA2008 – Site Specific Production and Presentation
  • PMA1003 – Theatre and Performance: From Drama to Post-Drama
  • PMA3012 – Performance Making Project 1
  • PMA3015 – Performance Making Project 2

Background

Alexa is a dramaturg, director, and performance maker with over a decade of freelance experience in Perth’s independent professional theatre scene, as well as having workied nationally (Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney) and internationally (UK, France). Recent creative works in include being director of Finegan Kruckemeyer’s Love (Eat Life Productions, 2020); director/dramaturg of See You Next Tuesday (Static Drive Co., 2019); writer/director of Two Canaries (Alexa Taylor Productions, 2019); and dramaturg for Playthings (Second Chance Theatre 2019, Black Swan State Theatre Company 2021). Alexa’s research interests lie in the intersection of art and performance with social and political transformation, and through Murdoch University she has worked on research projects that explored creativity and sense of place, creative practice and ecology, new media dramaturgy, and theatre and politics. She is currently expanding the critical and creative work from her PhD on performance and connection in relation to climate change.

Professional associations

  • 2008-present – The Blue Room Theatre (Member)
  • 2012-present – Performance Studies international, PSi (Member)
  • 2019-present – International Federation for Theatre Research (Member)

Awards and recognition

Other

  • 2020 – Best Independent Production, Performing Arts of Western Australia (PAWA) for 'See You Next Tuesday'
  • 2019 – Best New Work, The Blue Room Theatre, for 'See You Next Tuesday'
  • 2019 – Best Design, The Blue Room Theatre, for 'Two Canaries'
  • 2019 – Members' Choice, The Blue Room Theatre, for 'Playthings'
  • 2018 – Best Independent Production, Performing Arts of Western Australia (PAWA), for 'Laika – A Staged Radio Play'
  • 2017 – Members' Choice, The Blue Room Theatre, for 'Laika – A Staged Radio Play'
  • 2015 – The ABC Best Performance Award (shortlist), Fringe World Perth, for 'Tag – You're It'

Research areas and interests

  • Socially-engaged art
  • Site-specific performance and installation
  • Environmental humanities
  • Practice-led research
  • Performance and politics
  • Collaborative performance-making practices
  • Creativity and globalisation
  • Performed imaginaries; utopia, connection, and hope

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Murdoch University, 2016.
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