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A/PROF Paul Rae


  • Contemporary international and Southeast Asian theatre; performance theory



  • I am a performance scholar and theatre maker. I arrived in Melbourne in 2014 after spending seventeen years in Singapore. From 1997, I was Artistic Co-director, with Kaylene Tan, of spell#7 performance (a theatre company), and from 2007, Assistant Professor on the Theatre Studies program at the National University of Singapore. I am the author of Theatre & Human Rights (Palgrave 2009), and many scholarly articles on performance theory, and on contemporary theatre in Southeast Asia and beyond. I am Senior Editor of Theatre Research International , and am currently completing a book entitled Real Theatre: Essays in Experience . I welcome enquiries from prospective MA and PhD students focusing on contemporary theatre and/or Asian performance cultures.   


Member of

  • International Association of Art Critics, Singapore Section. Member 2007 -
  • Performance Studies international (PSi). Secretary, 2005-8 2004 -
  • International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/IFTR). Member 2001 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, Middlesex University 2005
  • MA, University of Warwick 2002
  • BA (Hons), University of Bristol 1996



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available for supervision in the fields of performance theory, contemporary theatre, and Asian theatre and performance.