DR Eddie Paterson

DR Eddie Paterson


  • Contemporary performance, Monologue, Live Art, Performance and cultural politics



  • Eddie Paterson is a senior lecturer in scriptwriting for theatre, contemporary performance, and new media. His research explores intersections between performance, politics and everyday life - with a focus on monologue and live art. His recent books are The Contemporary American Monologue (Bloomsbury 2015) and redactor (Whitmore Press 2017).

    His current ARC funded research, is a Linkage project examining notions of aesthetic innovation in Australian arts and disability performance, and a Discovery project with colleagues from Australia, the US and UK, 'Power and Politics: Revaluing Theatre in the 21st century'.

    Eddie is managing co-editor of Five Islands poetry press, and Development Officer for PSi (Performance Studies international).   


Member of

  • PSi: Performance Studies International, Development Officer - Board Member. Member - Organising committee of 2016 PSi conference 2013 - 2019
  • FIRT: International Federation for Theatre Research. Member 2010 - 2018
  • University of Melbourne Theatre, Board Member. Board member 2010 - 2018
  • ADSA: Australasian Drama Studies Association. Member 2011 - 2016


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2013-2015 Singapore MOE (Ministry of Education) Academic Research Fund (AcRF), Administered by: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore PI: A/P Hallam Stevens. Collaborator: Dr Eddie Paterson, University of Melbourne, Australia. Title: Performances of life: the social, political, and economic contexts of biomedicine in Singapore, China, and Japan

    2013 - Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Grant, awarded to the 'Beyond Access' project, a collaboration between Arts Access Victoria, Dr. Winsome Roberts, Dr. Lachlan MacDowall and Dr. Paterson.

    2012 - University of Melbourne Faculty Research Grant on 'The Presidential Persona: Political oratory and performance'.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2008
  • BCA (hons), University of Melbourne 2002

Awards and honors

  • Project title: Performances of Life: the social, political, and economic contexts of biomedicine in Singapore, China and Japan., Singapore Academic Research Fund (AcRF), 2013
  • Project Title: Beyond Access - a collaborative project with Arts Access Victoria, Dr Lachlan Macdowell and Dr Winsome Roberts, Lord Major's Charitable Foundation, 2013
  • Australian Council for the Arts, 2008



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Areas of supervision: contemporary theatre and performance, monologue, live art, experimental writing, poetry and performance, scriptwriting, dramaturgical theory and practice, performance in everyday life.

    Current RHD supervisions: Lisa Smithies, PhD, Maya Mulhall, PhD, Tobias McCorkell, PhD; Co-supervisions: Martyn Pedler, PhD;

    RHD completions: Matt Lacorcia, PhD 2015, Doug Hendrie, PhD 2015, Telford Mills, MA 2014, Ronnie Scott, PhD 2013, Andrew Harmsen, MA 2013