Dr Shane Pike

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Areas of Interest: Augmented and virtual reality in performance design, digital dramaturgy and applied theatre, gender and performance, ethnodramatic design as a healthcare intervention, Asian-Australian narratives and performance perspectives

PhD - Performing Arts, Directing (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), GDLP (The Australian National University), LLB (The Australian National University), BA - Drama Hons. First Class (The Australian National University), BCA - Theatre (University of Tasmania)

Dr Pike is a Lecturer in Drama at the Queensland University of Technology. He is also a practicing writer/director with an emerging authority in digital dramaturgy and designing augmented reality experiences for live performance.

A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a PhD in Directing and Actor Training, for which he received an Edith Cowan University Research Excellence Award. Several of his dramatic works have been published by Playlab, including the play “Nineteen” an outcome of his PhD research, which received competitive funding from Arts Queensland for its world premiere at Brisbane Powerhouse. Recent works in collaboration with the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, designed as arts-based therapeutic interventions for young people with eating disorders, have been supported with grants from the IHBI Synergy scheme and the Don Batchelor Award for innovation in performance practice.

Shane collaborates regularly with the Brazilian company Taanteatro Companhia and is one of only two artists in Australia trained in their Theatre of Tensions method for performance making. This informs both his practice and teaching across the Drama, Acting and BCI disciplines at QUT.

In addition to his PhD in Performing Arts from WAAPA, Shane also has a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Drama Honours), a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, all from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Theatre) from the University of Tasmania.

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Awards and Achievements

  • Dr Don Bachelor Award for innovation in live performance
  • Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Synergy Project Grant
  • Queensland Arts Showcase Program Grant
  • Edith Cowan University Research Excellence Award
  • Edith Cowan University Postgraduate Research Scholarship

Professional Outputs and Engagement

  • Panelist, Matilda’s Awards Judging Committee
  • Director, The Last Athenian, Geoffrey Rush Studio, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble
  • Adjudicator, The Gold Coast Secondary Schools Drama Festival
  • Director, Nineteen, Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Co-Artistic Director, Wax Lyrical Productions
  • Director, Appalling Behaviour, Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Creative Producer and Production Manager, Carrie the Musical, Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Director, Ma Ma Ma Mad, Turbine Studio, Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Writer/Dramaturg, Ten Percent Terror (Development), Brisbane Powerhouse, Dancenorth, Company 2 and Ministry for the Arts.
  • Commission, The Boys of St Crispian, Playlab (Lab Rats Development Programme)
  • Writer/Performer, Bloke: A man’s 21st century guide to emotional fulfillment (or not, maybe it’s just about sex…), Blackwall Artist Space, Anywhere Theatre Festival
  • Writer, Yesterday’s Hero, Velvet Lounge, Perth Fringe World
  • Writer/Director, Yesterday’s Hero, Enright Theatre, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Writer/Deviser/Performer, FUCK!Dance, Taanteatro Companhia Rural Theatre Space, São Paulo – Brazil
  • Director, Lifted!, The Castello, Perth Fringe World
  • Director, Go by Night, Feast Adelaide and ANU Arts Centre
  • Director, Dole Diary, The Street Theatre
  • Co-Writer/Director, Sail Away, GMS Theatre (Children’s Theatre), Seoul – South Korea
  • Resident Artist, Taanteatro Companhia, São Paulo – Brazil
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2021
Details
The Dr Don Batchelor Award is awarded annually to projects within the Drama/Theatre/Performance Studies Discipline, in the Creative Industries Faculty, where a live performance exploring the human condition is a central and chief focus of the project. The recipient receives a $9,000 endowment to put towards their research. The project receiving this award was titled "Alex". It is an interdisciplinary work that brings together live performance with augmented reality technology and clinical healthcare via collaboration between experts in theatre making, clinical psychology and digital entertainment. The result is a large-scale, never-before-attempted digitally augmented performance exploring the human condition through mental illness, enabling artistic exploration, novel scientific research and innovative content creation.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2019
Details
These finds were awarded as part of the Synergy scheme for a pilot study of the impact of applied theatre that incorporates AR/VR technology in improving body image and self-esteem in young adults with an eating disorder. This scheme aims to fund quality transdisciplinary projects to foster and develop new innovative research partnerships amongst QUT researchers. These grants will fund synergistic teams and projects to develop pilot data which can be used to support applications to larger external schemes, such as NHMRC Synergy Grants, ARC Discovery or Linkage Projects, or similar. $22,500 was awarded to lead researchers Dr Shane Pike and Associate Professor Esben Strodl.
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2017
Details
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) provides funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The Arts Ignite category awards funding of up to $60,000 for new works to support the creative development and public presentation of new works which: respond to demand; and/or cultivate new and emerging talent and extends artists and/or organisations¿ practice, audiences and markets. This highly competitive grant was awarded to Dr Shane Pike for the production of a new work "Nineteen", a practice-led research project based on several years of field research exploring notions of masculinity in a contemporary Australian context, and how this construct may negatively impact the health and well-being of young people when shaping their identity. This project was supported Wax Lyrical Productions, Arts Queensland, the Queensland university of Technology, Playlab, Arts Centre Gold Coast, The National
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2015
Details
As Commissioned by the Brisbane Powerhouse Foundation, Dr Pike was a party to the funding application for Ten Percent Terror ($25,000) Brisbane Powerhouse, Dancenorth and Company 2 will partner together to develop a new performance work commemorating the ANZAC Centenary. Ten Percent Terror will use the contemporary art forms of circus, dance, and digital arts to connect modern audiences to the ANZAC legacy. Sitting across two time periods, Ten Percent Terror explores the dual narratives of contemporary Australians serving in Afghanistan with those of young soldiers in Turkey a century before. With themes of risk, trust and brotherhood, the work reflects on the emotional commonalities of war experiences, whether in Turkey in 1915 or Kandahar in 2015. The project represents a unique approach to the commemoration of the ANZAC legacy, demonstrating that 21st century reflection on, and recognition of, the impacts of war can take place in many diverse forms beyond those traditionally used,
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2015
Details
Dr Pike was an invited expert panel member on the ABC's Big Idea's program. Big Ideas is a nationally broadcast programme (internationally via ABC online), which brings the best of talks, forums, debates, and festivals held in Australia and around the world. As part of the ANZAC Centenary celebrations, Dr Pike was invited to speak as a key creative involved in the development of an inter-disciplinary performance work funded by the Federal Government's ANZAC Centenary Fund, exploring Australia's cultural identity and its strong foundations in the nation's wartime past.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2016
Details
The Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Dr Pike was invited to present a paper, and an example of his practice, as part of a keynote session at the annual ADSA conference. The topic explored the commercial viability of practice-led research in the context of creative industries. ADSA is the peak academic association promoting the study of drama in any performing medium throughout the Australasian region. ADSA represents members of staff and postgraduate students of Australasian institutions of tertiary education who are engaged in teaching, research and practice in theatre, drama and performance studies. Directors of associated theatres and members of the theatrical profession are also active members. ADSA¿s annual conference is usually held in July.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
An invited speaker at the annual ADSA conference held this year at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania. Paper presented: Brisbane Festival's Theatre Republic 2018: Sometimes so "woke" it put half the audience to sleep. ADSA is the peak body for performance research in Australia.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2019
Details
In 2019 I was invited to present at the AusAct conference held at Queensland University of Technology. The presentation discussed my current research projects incorporating digital technologies into actor-training, particularly relevant to postgraduate studies in the conservatory.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2019
Details
The Gold Coast Secondary School's Drama Festival runs over 3 weekends in August each year and 2019 was their 47th year. There are 3 sections ranging from year groups at school (Junior is Year 7 and 8, Intermediate is Year 9 and 10 and Senior is Year 11 and 12). The Intermediate section is from Thursday 22nd ¿ Saturday 24th August and each night starts at 6pm; there are approximately 5 plays on each night (they run from 25 ¿ 35 minutes each). I was the industry adjudicator for the intermediate section.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
In 2018 I was invited to present at the AusAct conference held at Charles Sturt University. The presentation discussed the potential barriers of incorporating ¿digital performance¿ into traditional actor-training courses and the limitations of the technology within a conservatory training context. It examined possible areas of conservatoire evolution to include such skills-based teaching units into academy offerings and assess the somewhat uncertain ongoing viability of this technology as a valid benefit to employment, considering barriers such as the cataloguing of motion capture and the subsequent declining need for live performers to provide ¿motion¿. Current practice-led research projects that attempt to generate ¿digital scripts¿ ¿ involving acting students in the provision and recording of 3D projected, interactive characters through motion capture technology ¿ were used as points of reference.
  • Gaming the Narrative: Authoring Emergence by Designing for Authority, Audience Agency, and Uncertainty in Theatre and Play
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jane Turner
  • Stories for Versatile Leaders: An exploration of the relationship between Story, Leadership and Organisational Culture
    Professional Doctorate, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Mark Radvan