Professor Bree Hadley

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Professor, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice

PhD (Monash University), Master of Education (Higher Education) (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Arts (Writing and Literature) (Deakin University), Graduate Certificate in Arts & Entertainment Management (Deakin University), Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts (Griffith University)

Professor Bree Hadley is a recognised international authority on diversity, inclusion, and access in the arts, and arts education. She is editor of The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts Culture and Media (2019, with Donna McDonald), author of Theatre, Social Media, and Meaning Making (Palgrave 2017) and Disability, Public Space Performance & Spectatorship: Unconscious Performers (Palgrave 2014), and has written dozens of articles on representation and access in the arts for Disability & Society, CSPA (Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts) Quarterly, Performance ResearchAustralasian Drama StudiesBrolga: An Australian Journal About Dance, and other journals. She has also written extensively or newspapers and online platforms such as The Australian, ArtsHub, and Australian Stage Online. Hadley currently leads The Evolution of Disability Arts In Australia, an ARC funded project co-designing an archive documenting 50 years of disability arts in Australia with performing, visual, and media artists around Australia (https://www.arc.gov.au/news-publications/media/research-highlights/constructing-first-australian-archive-disability-arts). As Chief Investigator on three ARC LIEF grants, she has also made information about a range of underdocumented performance practices – including disability performance, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander performance, and independent performance in Queensland – available through the AusStage database (www.ausstage.edu.au). In her practice-based research, Hadley has been investigating interest in ‘creative integration’ of sign language, captioning, and audio description into performing and visual arts works – for example, in the 2020 Museums & Gallery Association Award winning Vis-Ability collaboration with Dr Janice Rieger (QUT Art Museum http://www.artmuseum.qut.edu.au/whats-on/2019/vis-ability.php). Her performance text, The Excentric Fixations Project, has also recently appeared in At the Intersection of Disability and Drama: A Critical Anthology of New Plays (McFarlane https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/at-the-intersection-of-disability-and-drama/). Prior to joining QUT in 2007, Hadley worked as a writer, dramaturg, director, arts facilitator, and administrator for independent theatre companies, and for the Glen Eira City Council. Hadley is a past President of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (ADSA), a past Director of Performance Studies international (PSi), and has served as a committee member and consultant for youth, community, and disability arts organisations. She is currently Study Area Coordinator for Acting & Drama in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education, and Social Justice at QUT.

Additional information

Management Committee Member, Access Arts, and Chair Steering Committee / Creative Consultant Undercover Artist Festival, 2019-Date.

Member, Management Committee, Youth Arts Queensland, 2010-2014.

Member, National Advisory Committee, JUMP National Mentoring Program for Young and Emerging Artists, Australia Council for the Arts / Youth Arts Queensland, 2009-2011.

Member, Judging Committee, Matilda Awards for Excellence in Brisbane Theatre, Arts Queensland, 2009-2011.

Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2016
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Invited to present a keynote paper on 'Social Experiments: Pranks, Political Activism, and Performing Marginality for a Mainstream Audience' at the Performing the Real Symposium at the University of Otago, New Zealand, in June 2016
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Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2015
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Co-Convenor of PSi#21 Fluid States: Performances of Unknowing Performance Studies internaitonal Conference 2015, a festival-style production with conferences, symposia and performances in 15 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific throughout 2015
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2015
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Invited to present keynote on 'Theatre, Social Media & Spectatorship' for PSi#21 Fluid States: Performances of UnKnowing, Performance Studies international conference, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark,in June 2015
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2015
Details
Invited to present keynote paper on 'Disability Arts in Australasia' for Disability Culture: New Grounds 2015 practice-led research symposium run by Centre for Disability Culture at University of Michigan, USA, in February 2015
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2014
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Invited to present keynote paper on 'Theatre & Spectatorship' at the National Theatre of Croatia, Rijeka, Croatia, to launch the Zooming Fluid States festival run by Drugo More (Croatia) and Performance Studies international (global) in Sepember 2014
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Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2012
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Co-Convenor of Compass Points, Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama & Performance Studies 2012 at Queensland University of Technology with Caroline Heim
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Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2011
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Consultant, Evaluation of "Creating Queensland Program", Brisbane Festival, 2010-2011.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2015
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Voted in as President of Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama & Performance Studies, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15. (Also voted in as Vice President 2008-2009, 2010-2011, and Treasurer 2015-2016)
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2015
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Voted in as Director of Performance Studies international (PSi), 2011-15
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Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
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Creative Industries Faculty Dean's Award for Leadership