DR Richard Sallis

DR Richard Sallis


  • Arts education (drama/theatre)
  • Gender education (ethnodrama, performativity, masculinities)
  • International Education partnerships (intercultural perspectives)
  • Schooling (boys' education, gender, sexualities)



  • Dr Richard (James Thomas) Sallis (B.Ed, M.Ed, PhD) is a senior lecturer in arts education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at the University of Melbourne (UoM). His Masters 'Masculinities and Drama', was the recipient of the Freda Cohen Award for the 'Most meritorious Masters thesis in education' (2005) and Fred Knight Research Scholarship (2005). He was the 2012 recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre Education, Distinguished Dissertation Award for his PhD 'The Drama of Boys: an ethnographic study and its performance'. Richard is a member of the Arts Education team within the UNSECO Observatory for Arts in Education at the UoM and the joint editor of the MGSE publication JACE (Journal of Artistic and Creative Education). Within the MGSE, Richard is the Program Coordinator of its Breadth course, the joint coordinator of the Master of Teaching Primary -Arts and the coordinator of the M.Teach Primary Capstone experience. Richard is the Chair of the Theatre Board of the UoM. He is a Trustee of the Australian Children's Theatre Foundation (ACTF) and a Board member of the Arena Theatre Company. He is a Life member of Drama Victoria and the current Director of Publications of IDEA (International Drama/theatre and Education Association) with a particular focus in the Asia-Pacific region. He is an arts curriculum writer and regularly works in this capacity with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). In regard to his research, Richard was as a lead researcher on the four-year Australian Research Council (ARC) funded TheatreSpace project looking at the theatre-going habits of young people. He has conducted research into arts education subject associations, theatre companies and the arts in Primary schools. His latest research project (2018) entitled, 'Investigating the role of drama in the creation of enabling, supportive, dialogical spaces for learning in different teaching and geographical locations' investigates the ways in whi   


Member of

  • International Drama/theatre in Education Association. Director of Publications 2013 -
  • Arena Theatre Company. Board member 2010 -
  • Australian Children's Theatre Foundation. Member of the council 2009 -
  • Drama Tasmania. Member of the Executive 2007 -
  • Drama Victoria. Life member 2003 -
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Chair of the writing panel, Theatre Studies 1999 -
  • Drama Australia. Director of International Liaison 1998 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • M.ED, University of Melbourne 2004
  • BEd, Deakin University - Rusden 1981

Awards and honors

  • Drama Australia President’s Award, Drama Australia, 2019
  • MGSE, Teaching Excellence Award, MGSE, Uni of Melbourne, 2014
  • Best New Australian Publication for VCE Theatre Studies Teachers and students, Drama Victoria, 2014
  • AATE Distinguished Dissertation Award, American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), 2012
  • Fred Knight Award 2005, University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Freda Cohen Award, University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Life Member of Drama Victoria, Drama Victoria, 2005
  • Best new Australian Publication for Drama/Theatre teacher and/or secondary students. 'Acting Smart' - Richard Sallis, Jane Bird and Mark Bailey, Drama Victoria, 2001



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available to be the lead (or assistant) supervisor for candidates enrolled in a Masters of Education and doctoral candidates (D.Ed and PhD). Specialty fields: Arts education; Drama education; performed-research (ethnodrama); gender, sexualities and education; transnational education; curriculum and assessment.