Ms Tessa Rixon

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Areas of Interest: Scenography Digital Performance and Extended Reality Design Intermedial Theatre design Australian scenographic identities and histories Ecoscenography and climate crisis theatre design

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama) (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production) (Queensland University of Technology)

Tessa Rixon (nee Smallhorn) is an academic and freelance designer for live performance with a focus in vision systems and content design. In her professional practice, she has worked across a range of dance, drama, music and festival projects as a lighting designer, vision and systems designer, technical coordinator and stage manager.

For Queensland University of Technology, Tessa lectures in scenography, production practice, vision systems, SketchUp, and Isadora. She has experience in unit and course design, as well as extensive experience in blended learning environments. In 2017, Tessa worked with the Academic Development team within the Learning and Teaching Unit to develop digital resources for staff involved in GCAP and other professional development courses.

Qualifications include a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Drama), Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production) & Bachelor of Creative Industries (Honours) from Queensland University of Technology. In 2017, Tessa received a Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award for excellence in teaching and learning.

As a researcher, Tessa is passionate about rethinking the relationship between digital technology and live performance. Starting in 2018, Tessa is undertaking a PhD in the School of Creative Practice, investigating the use of digital technologies within professional Australian theatre and dance companies. Past publications include ‘The influence of digital technology on the performance space’ in Studio Research and ‘Symbiosis in digital performance: The relationship between interactive technologies and improvisational choreography’ in Behind the Scenes: Journal of Theatre Production Practice.

Orcid Number – http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7874-1990

TheLoop profile – http://www.theloop.com.au/tessarixon

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Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2020
Details
Finalist in the Women in Technology 'Rising Star (Technology)' Award, sponsored by NTT. The award: The award is to acknowledge women making a significant contribution to the growth and development of their teams and organisation, serving as role models. 3¿10 years¿ experience. Applicants does not need to reside in Queensland, but must demonstrate a significant contribution to the Queensland technology industry. The organisation: Women In Technology is the peak industry body for women in technology and sciences within Queensland. Their vision is to advance, connect and empower women in technology and sciences. They are committed to:Developing a strong and sustainable network for members and supporters with industry; Building mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships with government, academia and industry; Advocating for our members on relevant issues to advance the presence and status of women in technology and life sciences; Providing development opportunities and add
Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2020
Details
Recipient of $10,000 research funding support as part of the Women In Research 2020 funding award process (Women in Research Committee and Creative Industries joint funding)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Vice Chancellor's Performance Award: Excellence in teaching. In recognition of significant and superior contribution to the work of the university.
Type
Fellowship of a Learned Academy or Membership of AIATSIS
Reference year
2017
Details
Fellow. HEA Fellowship is an international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education and demonstrates that the individual's practice is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Highly Commended - 2016 Sessional Teaching and Reflection Showcase