Theatre and Peformance Studies (Japanese theatre, contemporary theatre)
Theatre and politics
Since the 1990s, Peter has lectured in Theatre Studies in the School of Culture and Communication (SCC), University of Melbourne. He was coordinator of Theatre Studies (2001-7) and is currently SCC undergraduate studies coordinator. He teaches in the fields of contemporary and avant-garde theatre and performance, Japanese theatre and dramaturgy. He is author of Theorising the Angura Space: avant-garde performance and politics in Japan 1960-2000 (Brill Academic, 2006) and numerous essays, edited voumes and journal articles. He is co-editor of Performance Paradigm journal. Peter was key in developing the Journey to Confusion Project, a research and development collaboration between not yet itýs difficult (NYID) and Japanýs Gekidan Kaitaisha. He co-edited a book on the project titled Alternatives: debating theatre culture in the age of con-fusion, a collection of essays and photographs inspired by the collaboration. Peterýs current research is an Australian Research Council discovery project titled: Revolution and the everyday: performative interactions in art, theatre and politics in 1960s Japan (2008-10). He is also working in a team-project Theatre in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Culture in a Modern Global Context (ARC, 2009-11). He is editing/translating Nippon Wars and Other Plays by Kawamura Takeshi to be published by Seagull Press in 2009. Peter is a key member of the Dramaturgies forum and has developed seminars and workshops for the development of dramaturgical practice. Dramaturgies was awarded Vice Chancellorýs Knowledge Transfer commendation and project grant awards (2008). In 2006-7, he was a recipient of an Australia Council Dramaturgy Fellowship investigating dramaturgy in international contexts. He has extensive international connections and has worked in contemporary arts practice in Australia, Asia and Europe. He coordinated a plenary session on dramaturgy in intercultural contexts for the European Dramaturgy in
Awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Dramaturgy Fellowship, (September 2007 - March 2008).
Current Grants: Australian Research Council discovery project titled: Revolution and the everyday: performative interactions in art, theatre and politics in 1960s Japan (2008-10). Team-project Theatre in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Culture in a Modern Global Context (ARC, 2009-11). Dramaturgies #4: A project for the development of new Dramaturgies in C21. Australia Council of the Arts (2009-10).
Education and training
Monash University 1998
Monash University 1991
Deakin University - Rusden 1983
Awards and honors
Knowledge Transfer Award, Vice Chancellor's Office,
Dramaturgy Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts,