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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 Senior 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.

Current teaching

  • PMA2005 - Movement Fundamentals
  • PMA3003 - Advanced Performer Training
  • PMA3005 - Final Independent Project
  • ACT2002 - The Dynamic Actor


Frances Barbe is a performance-maker with more than twenty years experience. She has worked internationally as performer, director, choreographer and teacher. 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 University, Rose Bruford College, East 15 and Plymouth University. She also worked freelance as a practicing artist in London, throughout the UK and internationally. She was a member of Tadashi Endo's Butoh Mamu Dance Theatre (Germany 1997 - 2008), established Fran Barbe Dance Theatre (London, 2000 - 2010) and founded Theatre Training Intiative (London 1999 - 2010) for whom she curated two international butoh festivals (2005 and 2009).

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

Professional associations

  • 2017 - Intercultural Theatre Institute, Singapore, Academic Board

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching awards

  • Vice Chancellor's Staff Award 2018 for Engagement in Learning & Teaching for "Inspirational teaching and visionary approach in developing a new course, the Bachelor of Performing Arts course.

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)

Book Chapters

  • Barbe, F., (2019), Embodying Imagination: Butoh and performer training. Intercultural Acting and Performer Training, 179-201, Abingdon, England, Routledge, DOI: 10.4324/9780429434877.

Journal Articles

  • Barbe, F., Newman, R., (2018), Spectator as traveller and performer as guide: a conversation on the pedagogy of site-specific, participatory and immersive performance. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 9(2), 274-282 , DOI: 10.1080/19443927.2018.1475160.

Creative Arts 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Giving voice to the extra-normal self with the extra-normal voice: Improvised exploration through the realms of shamanic chaos magick, insight meditation and gender performance
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