DR Paul Monaghan

DR Paul Monaghan


  • Dramaturgy and Australian contemporary theatre
  • Greek and Roman Theatre in performance - antiquity and modern reception



  • Paul Monaghan currently lectures in Theatre Making in the Theatre Department, Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Music, University of Melbourne. He formerly lectured for 10 years in the Creative Arts Program (Theatre Studies), School of Culture and Communication (arts Faculty). His specialist research areas are dramaturgical practice in Australian Contemporary Theatre, and Greek and Roman Theatre in performance, both in antiquity and in the modern world. He is also a director, theatre maker and dramaturg. Overall, Paul works at the intersection of ideas and practice. Paul is co-convenor/co-editor of Double Dialogues conference and journal (http://www.doubledialogues.com), an ongoing project linking academic discourse with arts practice, and co-convenor of the Dramaturgies Project, which examines dramaturgical practices in contemporary Australian theatre. Paul was also co-convenor of Close Relations: the Spaces of Greek and Roman Theatre, an international conference in Melbourne in September 2006 (www.sca.unimelb.edu.au/close), Enter The New Wave: Australian theatre 1967-1970 in 2007, and Refashioning the Classics: Modoern Fabrications of the Ancient World (Monash University, 2008).
    Before joining the University of Melbourne, Paul worked in the professional theatre industry for 16 years, in a variety of roles including actor, director, lighting designer, production and stage manager, general manager and venue curator.  From 1994 to late 1998 Paul was General Manager / Venue Curator of Theatreworks in Melbourne. He has directed performances in four different languages (English, French, Indonesia & Latin), and toured to a number of countries including Japan, Bulgaria, Indonesia and Austria. He also continues to work as dramaturge and mentor for numerous emerging artists.   


Member of

  • Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. ordinary member 2001 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Recent Australia Council for the Arts Grants Dramaturgies # 4 (a three day symposium on 'New Dramaturgies for the C21: February 2009) - grant received 18/03/2009). Dramaturgies # 3 (a 3 day national workshop/symposium examining dramaturgical practice in Australian contemporary theatre: 22-25 September, 2004) Other Grants University of Melbourne Knowledge Transfer Award 2008 (for Dramaturgies # 1-3), and Project Grant 2008 (for Dramaturgies # 4). Awarded 25/09/09.   


Education and training

  • MA, University of Melbourne 2001
  • BA, The Australian National University 1979

Awards and honors

  • Knowledge Transfer Highly Commended 2008: The Dramaturgies Project 1-3, University of Melbourne, 2008
  • Knowledge Transfer Project Grant 2008: The Dramaturgies Project 4, University of Melbourne, 2008



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