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Chris Hay

Dr Chris Hay an Honorary Associate Artist (2017) of The University of Melbourne node of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions (CHE), a Lecturer in Drama at The University of Queensland, and an Honorary Associate of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Sydney. His eclectic range of research expertise and interests include early modern performance practice, creative arts teaching and learning, Modernist theatre texts, and the Eurovision Song Contest. In addition to his CHE project, Chris is currently working on a history of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust.

Between 2014 and 2017, Chris was an Associate Lecturer in Performance Practices at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Australia, where he taught the theoretical components of the practice-led undergraduate degrees. This included theatre history, dramaturgy and the history of ideas. In the final year of his doctoral candidature (2013), Chris was a Postgraduate Teaching Fellow in Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Sydney.

His CHE project investigates the spatial dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors (c.1594), by workshopping the play’s competing original practice staging proposals. The project will consider how each proposed staging makes particular meanings available to the audience, and relate these findings to the comic qualities of text. It is therefore interested in the ways in which the original performances of The Comedy of Errors might have invoked specific emotions in audiences.

Personal website


“As nibble jugglers that deceive the eye”: Comic Catharsis in The Comedy of Errors


Chris Hay. 2017. ‘We Are Seeing What We Saw Before: The ghosts of SUDS’. About Performance 14/15 (2017): 213–25.

Chris Hay. 2016. Knowledge, Creativity and Failure: A New Pedagogical Framework for Creative Arts. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Chris Hay. 2015. ‘The Corpse Corpses: Non-professional performers and misperformance’. Performance Paradigm 11 (2015): 46–58.

Chris Hay and Robin Dixon. 2015. ‘The Academic Lives of Student Actors: Conservatoire Training as Degree-Level Study’. About Performance 13 (2015): 115–36.

Chris Hay. 2014. ‘V-Effekt: Death and mortality at the Melbourne International Arts Festival’. Anthropology & Humanism 39.2 (2014): 174–83.

Conference Presentations

Conference Paper (with Robin Dixon): ‘On the Inside: Audience Belonging and The Comedy of Errors’, Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Annual Conference, Auckland University of Technology, NZ, 27–30 June 2017.

‘The Avant-Garde within the Institution’. Presented with Dr Robin Dixon at Ten Questions about the Australian Avant-Garde Research Symposium, The University of Sydney, November 2016.

‘Resistance is Fertile: Failure as productive in the drama classroom’. Presented at the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Conference, University of Southern Queensland, June 2016.

‘Code Clashes in Drama Education’. Presented at the International Symposium on Performance Science, Ryukoku University (Kyoto), September 2015.

‘Playing Games: Teaching new performance forms’. Presented with Billy Kanafani at the Drama Australia International Conference, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Australia, July 2015.