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Dr Jonathan W Marshall

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 6129, Mobile: 61402015523, Email:, Campus: Mount Lawley, Room: ML3298
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 6129
Mobile: 61402015523
Campus: Mount Lawley  
Room: ML3298  


Jonathan W. Marshall is the coordinator of postgraduate research at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is the first port of call for postgraduate inquiries. Jonathan also teaches graduate and undergraduate performance history.

Current teaching

  • MAP5115 - Arts Issues
  • MAP5116 - Performing Arts Research Preparation
  • ACT1005 - Acquiring Basic Acting Skills
  • PMA1002 - Development of Performance: History and Context


Dr Jonathan W. Marshall is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in history. In January 2016, he moved from the University of Otago in New Zealand, to return to the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, where he had previously been a postdoctoral fellow, 2004 – 2008. Jonathan is now the Coordinator of Research, Higher Degrees and Creative Practice, at WAAPA. Marshall has published a hauntological/Derridean analysis of butoh and European Modernism (“TDR,” Vol. 57, Issue 4, 2013), on landscape, performance and photography (“Double Dialogues,” 2011), and other topics. His monograph on the work of late 19th century neurologist and “theatrical” presenter J.-M. Charcot is due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.

Dr Jonathan W. Marshall is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in history. Marshall is the author of “Performing Neurology: The Dramaturgy of Dr Jean-Martin Charcot” (Palgrave MacMillan 2016). His essay on “photographic butoh” appears in the “Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.” Marshall is based at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth.

Professional associations

  • 2019 - Performance Studies International, PSi (Member)
  • 2019 - Australasian Drama and Performance Studies Association, ADSA (Member)
  • 2016 - Decibel New Music Management Committee (Member)
  • 2009 - 2015 - Board of Trustees of the Blue Oyster Project Arts Space (Member)

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2008 - Faculty of Education and Arts award for “building bridges” between schools and staff, Edith Cowan University

National and International Research Positions

  • 2014 - Runner up, Marlis Thiersch prize for excellence in theatre research, Australasian Drama Studies Association

Research areas and interests

Jonathan is an interdisciplinary scholar with a background in history, performance and art criticism. He has published extensively in diverse areas ranging from butoh dance to contemporary photomedia, sound art to Brechtian theatre, cultural modernism and relations between neuroscience and art.


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Arts, The University of Melbourne, 2003.
  • Master of Arts in History, The University of Melbourne, 1999.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History, The University of Melbourne, 1995.
  • Bachelor of Arts: History, The University of Melbourne, 1995.


Recent Research Grants

  • Curating the Performing Arts: Improvisation as a mechanism to engage diverse and local communities in arts programs.,  Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts Ltd,  Scholarships to Support Industry Engagement PhD Projects,  2017 - 2020,  $29,000.
  • AusStage Phase 6 Visualising Venues in Australian Live Performance Research,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2017 - 2018,  $62,685.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Marshall, JW., (2016), Performing Neurology: The Dramaturgy of Dr Jean-Martin Charcot., 277, New York, USA, Palgrave Macmillan, DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-51762-3.

Book Chapters

  • Marshall, JW., (2019), Entries on “Antonin Artaud,”“Serge Gainsbourg,” “Denis Lavant” and “MC Solaar”. Le grain de la voix dans le monde anglophone et francophone, 241, 264-5, 274-5, 284-5, Oxford, Peter Lang, DOI:
  • Marshall, JW., (2018), Bodies at the threshold of the visible: photographic butoh. The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance, 158-170, London, Routledge.
  • Marshall, JW., (2017), A Dramaturgy of Montage and Dislocation: Brecht, Warburg, Didi-Huberman & the Pathosformel. Ethical Exchanges in Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy, 187-209, Leiden, Rodopi.

Journal Articles

  • Marshall, JW., (2019), From the Phenomenal Sublime to Critical Play: Sonic Approaches to Engagement at the 13th Totally Huge New Music Festival. Sound Scripts, 6(1), 1-10, Perth.
  • Marshall, JW., (2019), Circuits of Art and Communication in the Twenty-First Century [scholarly referenced editorial intro]. Sound Scripts, 6(1), 1-5, Perth.
  • Marshall, JW., Hope, C., (2018), Toad Media: Listening to the Cane Toad in Cat Hope’s Sound of Decay (2013; 2016). Antennae: the journal of nature in visual culture, 46(2018), 38-50, UK, Antennae.
  • Marshall, JW., Duncan, E., (2018), Landscapes as Graveyards: Spectral Return and Performativity in the Contested Landscape. Australasian Drama Studies, 72(April 2018), 65-98, Melbourne, Australasian Drama and Performance Studies Assoc (ADSA).
  • Marshall, JW., (2017), Trophies Remain: The history of New Zealand resource extraction and the Meat Fence photo-project. Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts, 22(8), 86-98, London, Routledge, DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2017.1433384.
  • Marshall, JW., (2017), “Absence, Presence, Indexicality: The Mise en Scène of ‘the Heart of Neolithic Orkney’”. Theatre Research International, 42(1), 72-90, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/S0307883317000074.
  • Marshall, JW., (2015), Staging Critical History Within the Space of the Beat or What Cultural Historians Can Learn From Public Enemy, NTM, MC Solaar & George Clinton. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 15(1), 134-153, Dunedin, New Zealand, University of Otago, DOI: 10.11157/medianz-vol15iss1id9.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Where the desert meets the sea: A fusion and reimagining of venetian and ottoman soundscapes for the contemporary violin
  • 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
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Writing as dancing: The dancer in your hands, a novella
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  The fifth sparrow: In memory of mollie skinner

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Female to male gender transition in Perth and WA: An exploration through documentary film production
  • Master by Research, In-Compass: An Exploration Into Devising Theatre Across Multiple Cultural Identities.
  • Doctor of Philosophy; Waipiata: A Practice-Led Exploration of Heterotopic Playwriting
  • Doctor of Philosopy, Un/Natural: Themes of nature in the work of contemporary New Zealand photographers

Associate Supervisor

  • Master by Research, Things Curt, Bass and Vile: Kurt Weill's Degenerate Music for Die Dreigroschenoper as Adorno's Social-Polemic Surrealist Music
  • Master of Arts (Performing Arts),  Choreography as landscape: Landscape discourse framing choreographic practice
  • Master of Arts (Creative Arts),  Mallakhamb: An investigation into the Indian physical pratice of rope and pole mallakhamb
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