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Dr Gillian Arrighi

Senior Lecturer

School of Creative Arts (Drama)

Circus attractions

In the first study of its kind, Dr Gillian Arrighi is investigating the benefits of recreational circus training

circus attractions

Dr Gillian Arrighi's work space does not resemble the stereotypical office of an academic. There are theatre masks on the walls, juggling sticks on the desk and a large box in one corner overflows with a felt hat, a fox stole and myriad other items of costuming.

Arrighi is a lecturer and early career researcher in the School of Creative Arts - one of three Schools within the Faculty of Education and Arts.

She spent more than 20 years as a performer and performance collaborator in travelling theatre and working in the music industry before returning to university to study a Master of Creative Arts in 2002. Now she is carving out a new career in academia.

Although not a circus performer herself, Arrighi's interest in touring forms of popular entertainment prompted her to devote her PhD thesis to a study of the FitzGerald Brothers' Circus, the largest circus working in Australasia at the close of the 19th century.

In researching her PhD she recognised a gap in the historical narrative relating to the role of children in the entertainment industry during that period. Further primary research in that area fed into her latest line of research, which is about the phenomenon of youth circus in Australia over the past 40 years.

"There has been an explosion of community-based circus and circus skills groups since the 1970s - groups like The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Cirkidz and Flipside," Arrighi explains.

"What I am investigating is the social significance of this; why they have proliferated and why parents are keen for their children to engage in this type of activity."

Anecdotal evidence emerging from Arrighi's work points to the inclusive nature of circus and its combination of physical and mental challenge as reasons for its popularity.

"Circus training is a hybrid; both sporty and creative. It produces imaginative and creative outcomes as much as it develops highly skilled physical proficiencies," she says.

"It is community-based and generally performed in an environment that is non-competitive and non-judgmental."

She has received testimonies from parents about the perceived therapeutic benefits of circus training within this environment: from boosting self-esteem to physical improvements in children suffering from autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, nervous conditions and executive function disorders.

Arrighi says there is a strong historical connection between the indigenous community and circus in Australia, while her research has also uncovered evidence of circus skills successfully being used in work with disadvantaged young people, including refugees and homeless youth.

Once this foundational study into the cultural history of youth circus in Australia has been completed, Arrighi hopes to pursue further research into the health and wellbeing advantages of circus training. There is great potential for an interdisciplinary study, possibly linking with physical education experts from the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition - a collaborative research enterprise supported by the Faculty of Education and Arts and the Faculty of Health.

"This is a subject that begs further investigation," she says.

"We have anecdotal evidence that circus helps build strong bodies and minds, enhances creativity and can benefit people who have been marginalised, but there has been no close study undertaken to validate these claims.

"What I think is really significant is the arts/health nexus and the larger question of what impact creative engagement has on everyday life."

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In the first study of its kind, Gillian Arrighi is investigating the benefits of recreational circus training

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Career Summary

Biography

Originally from New Zealand, I relocated to Sydney to do undergraduate studies at the University of New South Wales and a subsequent three-year Diploma of Acting (1984). I spent many years working as a performance collaborator and performer including a decade with the Sydney-based performance group, The Cahoots Company whose creative output spanned indoor and outdoor performance works for museums, festivals, public authorities, high school audiences, and theatre spaces. My interest in dance led me to Spain where I studied Flamenco dance (1985) and upon returning to Australia I continued dance studies and performance for a further decade. My practical experience of contemporary live performance and industry practice also extends to the music industry where I worked for almost seven years developing an understanding of all aspects of the contemporary music industry. During that time I worked for six years as editor of the AustralAsian Music Industry Directory and three years (concurrently) as the editor of the Australian Sports Industry Directory. In 2003 I completed a practie-led-research Master of Creative Arts that focused on the neutral mask and its pedagogical worth to performers and in 2007 I completed a PhD thesis about the FitzGerald Brothers' Circus, the largest circus working throughout Australasia at the close of the nineteenth century. My contribution to the emerging field of Circus Studies is demonstrated through journal articles, conference presentations, and book chapters whilst my contribution to the newly emerging field of Popular Entertainments is demonstrated in my co-editorship of the peer reviewed academic journal Popular Entertainment Studies, contribution to related conferences (both as convenor and as presenter), and the recently published book A World of Popular Entertainments (Cambridge Scholars, 2012) which I co-edited. In 2008 I received a Strategic Pilot Grant to investigate the role of children in the entertainment industry. That research trajectory has drawn me into a global network of researchers currently contributing to an edited volume for release in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan, Children and Entertainment: the participation of youth in the entertainment industry (G. Arrighi and V. Emeljanow, eds.). A subsequent external ARC grant for the e-Research project AusStage: Gateway to the Australian Performing Arts has enabled me to develop research in the e-Humanities within a research network that extends to researchers from 18 different Australian Universities. In 2011 I was invited to join the prestigious Emerging Research Leaders Programme at UoN (2011-2012). My  current publishing project is the book, Shaping Nationhood, concerning circus in Australasia in the late-nineteenth century, for release in March 2014.

Research Expertise
Circus Studies; Popular Entertainment Studies (Victorian and Edwardian eras, particularly in Australia and New Zealand); Childhood Studies. Whilst much of my work is grounded in archival research it also extends to the cultural and political contexts for the cultural productions at the centre of my investigations. This research interest led to my PhD thesis concerning the largest circus working in Australia and New Zealand during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, from which subsequent research into the use of animals in performance, and into the contribution of children to the entertainment industry has since developed. Role play and simulation education in interdisciplinary education contexts; improvisation and play as pedagogical paradigms for creative production; masks as a pedagogical paradigm for the gestural and physical training of performers.

Teaching Expertise
Contemporary performance and new media technologies. Devising performance. Contemporary performance practice. Popular entertainments. Australian performance histories. Performer pedagogies (Stanislavski, Meyerhold, Lecoq, Copeau, Leigh).

Administrative Expertise
RHD convenor, Creative and Performing Arts, 2013 Hons and RHD convenor, Creative and Performing Arts, Callaghan and Ourimbah, 2012 Discipline convenor, Drama, Callaghan, 2011 Honours and RHD convenor, Drama, 2010-2011 Chair, Research Training Committee, School of Drama, Fine Art and Music, 2010

Collaborations
My collaborative research interests span performance history and historiography (Circus studies, Childhood studies, Popular Entertainments); the application of performance within interdisciplinary contexts; and e-research. Performance histories: A research initiative into the contribution of children to the transnational entertainment industries of the UK and Australasia was commenced in late-2008 with Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow and is ongoing. Applied performance: Two UoN Teaching and Learning Research Project Grants (2012, $10,000 and 2013 $10,000) are funding creative practice-led research into role-play simulation and professional communication with an interdisciplinary team of researchers drawn from Creative and Performing Arts, Pharmacy, Nursing and Midwifery, Communications, Occupational Therapy, and Physiotherapy. E-Research: AusStage: Gateway to the Australian Performing Arts. During the current ARC LIEF-funded phase four, researchers in Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Newcastle (Callaghan) are trialling visualisation and mapping outcomes for their research into live performance in the greater Hunter region (with Assoc Prof David Watt).


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Animals and performance
  • Australian performance histories
  • Children in entertainment
  • Circus studies
  • Contemporary performance practice
  • Devising performances
  • Masks in training and performance
  • Performance and intermediality
  • Performer pedagogies
  • Performer pedagogies (Meyerhold, Lecoq, Copeau, Leigh, Stanislavski)
  • Popular entertainments
  • Social circus and community health
  • Theatre, Drama and Peformance Studies

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
080799Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified20
190404Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia
24/07/2007 - 2/11/2007Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Drama Fine Art and Music
Australia
18/04/2007 - 20/04/2007Sessional TeacherUniversity of Newcastle
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2013 - RHD ConvenorUniversity of Newcastle
Creative and Performing Arts
Australia
1/02/2012 - 1/03/2013RHD and Hons convenor
(Callaghan and Ourimbah)
University of Newcastle (Callaghan and Ourimbah)
Australia
1/01/2012 - 1/06/2013Conference Co-ConvenorAnother World of Popular Entertainments International Conference
Australia
1/07/2011 - 1/12/2011Discipline ConvenorUniversity of Newcastle
Drama
Australia
1/05/2011 - 1/07/2011Visiting FellowThe University of Warwick
Theatre and Performing Studies
United Kingdom
1/07/2010 - 1/07/2012ADSA SecretaryAustralasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA)
Australia
1/06/2010 - 1/12/2010Chair - Research Training CommitteeUniversity of Newcastle
School of Drama, Fine Art and Music
Australia
1/07/2009 - Executive Board Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies
Australia
1/01/2009 - Editorial Board - Popular Entertainment Studies e-Journal Popular Entertainment Studies e-Journal
Australia
1/09/2008 - 1/06/2009Conference Co-Convenor'A World of Popular Entertainments' International Conference
Australia
1/01/2003 - Membership - Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2011 - Membership - American Society For Theatre ResearchAmerican Society For Theatre Research
United States
1/01/2006 - Membership - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre AssociationAustralian Circus and Physical Theatre Association
Australia
1/01/2004 - Membership - International Federation for Theatre ResearchInternational Federation for Theatre Research
Australia

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/05/1997 - 1/05/1999Editor, Australian Sports IndustryImmedia! Pty Ltd
Australia
1/03/1996 - 1/09/2002Editor, Australasian Music Industry DirectoryImmedia! Pty Ltd
Music Industry- Publications and Public Relations
Australia
1/01/1988 - 1/12/1999Actor and ManagerCahoots Theatre Company
Creative Arts Practitioner and Business Manager
Australia

Awards

Recipient

YearAward
2014Research Fellowship in the Humanities
Harry Ransom Centre for the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin

Research Award

YearAward
2013Mid Career Research Fellowship $15,000
University of Newcastle
2013UoN Teaching & Learning Research Project Grant $10,000
University of Newcastle
2012UoN Teaching & Learning Research Project Grant $10,000
University of Newcastle
2004Australian Post Graduate Award, PhD Scholarship
University of Newcastle

Invitations

External Examiner

YearTitle / Rationale
2012Macquarie University
Organisation: Macquarie University Description: Hons examiner

Keynote Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2011Victorian Arts Centre: Entertaining children; children's employment in the entertainment industry, Australia, Britain and New Zealand, 1885-1920
Organisation: Victorian Arts Centre Description: Research presentation

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2011IFTR, Osaka, Japan
Organisation: IFTR Description: Conference presentation - non published
2011Politics, Performance and Popular Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Organisation: Lancaster and Birmingham Universities Description: Conference presentation
2011American Society for Theatre Research
Organisation: ASTR Description: Conference presentation

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2011New Directions in Circus Research, Cente for Creative Arts, La Trobe University
Organisation: La Trobe University and ACAPTA Description: Public symposium: research presentation
2011University of Toronto, Faculty of Physical Education and Health
Organisation: Univesity of Toronto Description: "Fit, Strong and Full of Confidence"
2011University of British Columbia, Dept of Theatre and Film
Organisation: University of British Columbia Description: "Fit, Strong and Full of Confidence"
2011University of Warwick, UK, Theatre and Performance Studies
Organisation: University of Warwick, UK Description: Research Seminar, 'Fit, Strong and Full of Confidence: Youth Circus in Australia'
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Arrighi G, Shaping Nationhood: The FitzGerald Brothers Circus, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 250 (2015)
2014Arrighi GA, Emeljanow VE, Entertaining Children: the participation of youth in the entertainment industry, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 250 (2014) [A3]
Co-authorsVictor Emeljanow
2012Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, A World of Popular Entertainments: An Edited Volume of Critical Essays, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, 279 (2012) [A3]
Co-authorsVictor Emeljanow
2010Arrighi G, The Neutral Mask: Its Origins and Its Applications to the Creative Processes of the Actor, VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, Saarbrucken, Germany, 99 (2010) [A2]
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Chapter (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Arrighi GA, Emeljanow VE, 'Setting the Scene: An Introduction', Entertaining Children: the participation of youth in the entertainment industry, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 1-11 (2014) [B1]
Co-authorsVictor Emeljanow
2014Arrighi GA, Emeljanow VE, 'Children and Youth of the Empire: tales of transgression and accommodation', Entertaining Children: the participation of youth in the entertainment industry, Palgrave Macmillan, New York 51-71 (2014) [B1]
Co-authorsVictor Emeljanow
2012Arrighi G, 'From the traditional travelling circus to the global zoo: The persistence of 'performing' animal shows in the 21st century', A World of Popular Entertainments: An Edited Volume of Critical Essays, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne 103-117 (2012) [B1]
2011Arrighi G, Watt DM, '(Re) Constructing the archive: A regional perspective on performance histories', Scrapbooks, Snapshots and Memorabilia: Hidden Archives of Performance, Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland 67-82 (2011) [B1]
Co-authorsDavid Watt
2008Arrighi G, 'The circus and the amusement park: A site of contestation near Princes Bridge, Melbourne', Impact of the Modern: Vernacular Modernities in Australia, 1870s-1960s, Sydney University Press, Sydney 264-277 (2008) [B1]
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Journal article (14 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Arrighi G, 'Towards a cultural history of community circus in Australia', Australasian Drama Studies, 64 199-222 (2014) [C1]
2012Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, 'Entertaining children: An exploration of the business and politics of childhood', New Theatre Quarterly, 28 41-55 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsVictor Emeljanow
2012Arrighi G, 'Circus and Sumo: Tradition, innovation and opportunism at the Australian circus', Theatre Research International, 37 265-282 (2012) [C1]
CitationsWeb of Science - 1
2012Arrighi G, 'The circus and modernity: A commitment to the newer and the newest', Early Popular Visual Culture, 10 169-185 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2012Arrighi G, 'The 'D'Oyly Carte Pantomimes': Complementarity and innovation', Popular Entertainment Studies, 3 31-44 (2012) [C1]
2010Arrighi G, 'To watch theatre: Essays on genre and corporeality [Book Review]', Australasian Drama Studies, 240-242 (2010) [C3]
2010Arrighi G, 'Devising place and social history: A regional perspective on teaching devised performance in the tertiary sector', Australasian Drama Studies, 173-187 (2010) [C1]
2010Arrighi G, 'Autobiography and performance', A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, 24 151-154 (2010) [C3]
2009Arrighi G, 'Make it Australian: The Australian performing group, the Pram Factory and New Wave Theatre', Theatre Research International, 34 91-92 (2009) [C3]
DOI10.1017/s0307883308004318
2009Arrighi G, 'Negotiating national identity at the circus: The FitzGerald Brothers' circus in Melbourne, 1892', Australasian Drama Studies, - 68-86 (2009) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
2009Arrighi G, 'Autobiography and Performance. By Deidre Heddon. Hampshire: Palgrave', Auto/Biography Studies, 24 151-154 (2009) [C3]
2008Arrighi G, 'Political animals: Engagements with imperial and gender discourses in late-colonial Australian circuses', Theatre Journal, 60 609-629 (2008) [C1]
DOI10.1353/tj.0.0117
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2006Arrighi G, 'Roll Up To The Circus!', National Library of Australia News, Volume XVI 11-14 (2006) [C3]
2004Arrighi G, 'Randai moves, eclectic beats', RealTime Arts, 63 (2004)
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Conference (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Arrighi GA, '¿A fine mental training . . . and splendid physical exercise¿: unearthing the influence of the professional stage teacher at the turn of the twentieth century', International Federation for Theatre Research, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK (2014) [E3]
2013Arrighi G, 'Re-routing traditional circus performance" towards a cultural history of community circus in Australia', Book of Abstracts. International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference, Barcelona, Spain (2013) [E3]
2013Arrighi G, 'Circus translations: towards a cultural history of 'social' and 'youth' circus in Australia', Program and Abstracts. 2013 ASDA Conference, Adelaide, SA (2013) [E3]
2013Halton R, 'A Renaissance bordering on Pop phenomenon: The Castrato Opera Repertoire recreated by German Soprano Simone Kermes', Another World of Popular Entertainments Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsR Halton
2012Arrighi G, 'The compass points of moral disintegration: Controversies surrounding an early 20th century touring children's company', Program. Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference 2012, Brisbane, QLD (2012) [E3]
2011Emeljanow VE, Arrighi G, 'Children of the Empire: Tales of transgression and accommodation', Collected abstracts: Politics, Performance and Popular Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Lancaster, UK (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsVictor Emeljanow
2011Arrighi G, 'The Circus and Modernity: A commitment to the newer and the newest', New Directions in Circus Research, Public Symposium, Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University (2011) [E3]
DOI10.1080/17460654.2012.664747
2010Arrighi G, 'Circuses of modernity: A 'commitment to the new'', Cultures of Modernity: Book of Abstracts, Munich, Germany (2010) [E3]
2009Arrighi G, Bollen J, Erskine S, Mullett J, Tompkins J, 'AusStage and the Aus-e-Stage Project: Collaborative eresearch in the performing arts', eResearch Australasia 2009: Programme, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, 'Entertaining children: Aspects of the employment of children in the entertainment industry in Britain and Australia 1879-1921', ADSA Conference Programme, Perth, WA (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsVictor Emeljanow
2009Arrighi G, 'From the traditional travelling circus to the global zoo: The persistence of 'performing' animal shows in the 21st Century', Minding Animals 2009. Oral Presentation Abstracts, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E3]
2009Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, Halton R, 'Conference editors', A World of Popular Entertainments Conference Proceedings, Callaghan, NSW (2009) [E4]
Co-authorsR Halton, Victor Emeljanow
2009Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, 'Entertaining children: Aspects of the employment of children in the entertainment industry in Britain, Australia and New Zealand 1879-1921', Silent Voices, Forbidden Lives: Censorship and Performance: Abstracts, Lisbon, Portugal (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsVictor Emeljanow
2008Arrighi G, 'Stories of identity and belonging at the late-colonial circus', 2008 ADSA Conference. Turangawaewae: A Sense of Place. Conference Programme, Dunedin, New Zealand (2008) [E3]
2008Arrighi G, 'Globalizing Sumo in the Imperial Age: Sumo wrestlers in Australasia 1903-1905', Annual Conference: Reconstructing Asian-ness(es) in the Global Age. Conference Program, Seoul, Korea (2008) [E3]
2008Watt DM, Arrighi G, 'Performance and theatre in a regional centre', AusStage Symposium 2008. Program, Adelaide, SA (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsDavid Watt
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Croft H, Nesbitt KV, Rasiah R, Cooper J, Arrighi G, Joyce B, McGuire B, Communication Scenario: Over the Counter Dispensing of the Emergency Contraceptive Pill (Video and Animation - in 3 parts), Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
Co-authorsRohan Rasiah, Joyce Cooper, Keith Nesbitt
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants18
Total funding$137,566

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20144 grants / $27,000

AusStage, Phase 5: Australian live performance and the world – global networks, national culture, aesthetic transmission$12,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Julian Meyrick, Dr Jonathan Bollen, Professor Julie Holledge, Professor John Roddick, Professor Joanne Tompkins, Professor Veronica Kelly, Dr Glenn D'Cruz, Associate Professor Maryrose Casey, Associate Professor Helena Grehan, Doctor Gillian Arrighi, Associate Professor David Watt, Dr Bree Hadley, Dr Sandra Gattenhof, Dr Margaret Hamilton, Dr Meg Mumford, Dr Bryoni Trezise, Professor Rachel Fensham, Associate Professor Denise Varney, Associate Professor Peter Eckersall, Professor Peta Tait, Dr Delyse Ryan, Ms Antonietta Morgillo, Professor Frode Helland, Mr Richard Stone, Mr Robert Brookman
SchemeEquipment Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1300499
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

AusStage, Phase 5: Australian live performance and the world – global networks, national culture, aesthetic transmission$10,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeLinkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400621
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

The Entertaining Child’s Contribution to the Popular Stage in the Age of Empire$3,000

Funding body: Harry Ransom Center

Funding bodyHarry Ransom Center
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeResearch Fellowship in the Humanities
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400607
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

'Theatre and Stratification', International Federation for Theatre Research, Warwick United Kingdom, 28 July to 1 August 2014$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400609
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20135 grants / $48,000

AusStage, Phase 5: researching Australian live performance - global markets, national culture, aesthetic transmission and living archives$20,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Julie Holledge, Bollen, Jonathan, McGillivray, glen, Kiernander, Adrian, Carlin, David, D'Cruz, Glenn, Hassall, Nanette, Erskine, Shona, Tait, Peta, Milne, Geoffrey, Casey, Maryrose, Grehan, Helena, Hadley, Bree, Gattenhof, Sandra, Varney, Genise, Doctor Gillian Arrighi, Associate Professor David Watt, Mumford, Meg, Trezise, Bryoni, Tompkins, Joanne, Kelly, Veronica, Trenos, Helen, Hamilton, Margaret, Ryan, Delyse, Stephenson, Peter, O'Sullivan, Sandy, Morgan, Allan, Morgillo, Antonietta, Stone, Richard, Lush, shelley
SchemeEquipment Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1200135
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Faculty of Education and Arts Mid Career Fellowship$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeDiscovery Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Simulated Professional Communication: creative strategies for accelerating reflective professional leadership skills and decision-making through role-play$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeDiscovery Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Re-Routing Performance / Re-Caminant L'Escena, Barcelona 22-26 July 13.$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300748
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

American Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference: "The Post Thematic Conference", Dallas Texas, 7-10 November 2013 (Support for Faculty MCR Fellowship)$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301070
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20123 grants / $26,500

Emerging Research Leaders Program 2011$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeEmerging Research Leaders Program
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1101028
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Improved Simulation Education Models - A Pedagogy Initiative by the Disciplines of Drama and Pharmacy$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeDiscovery Project
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

International Federation for Theatre Research, "Mediating Performance: Scene, Media et mediation", UC Extension Centre and the Gabriela Mistral Cultural Centre (GAM), Santiago, Chile, 22 - 28 July 201$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200656
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20111 grants / $1,200

International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference 2011, "Tradition, Innovation, Community, Osaka University, Japan, 7 - 12 August 2011$1,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100654
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20102 grants / $25,500

AusStage Phase 4: Harnessing collective intelligence and pioneering new visual methodologies for innovative research into Australian live performance$24,000

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamProfessor Julie Holledge, Doctor Gillian Arrighi, Associate Professor David Watt
SchemeLinkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000483
Type Of FundingScheme excluded from IGS
CategoryEXCL
UONY

International Federation for Theatre Research, World Congress "Cultures of Modernity", Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich, Germany, 25 - 31 July 2010$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2010
Funding Finish2010
GNoG1000518
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20091 grants / $1,000

International Federation for Theatre Research, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 13-17 July 2009$1,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190329
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20082 grants / $8,366

Entertaining children: a fundamental investigation into children's employment in the entertainment industry in Australia, Britain and New Zealand 1885-1920$6,666

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamEmeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow, Doctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189011
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

International Feferation for Theatre Research: 'Re-constructing Asion-ness(es) in the Global Age', Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea, 14/7/2008 - 19/7/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189138
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014The Camera Close-Up: Its Challenges for the Actor and its Relationship to intimate Space Violations
Drama & Theatre Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013Small-Scale Puppets within Australia
Drama & Theatre Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012Evreinov and the Questions of Theatricality
Drama & Theatre Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2011Australian Physical Theatre
Drama & Theatre Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
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The big top’s evolution: Cirkopolis by Cirque Eloize

October 8, 2014

With the opening of Cirkopolis at the Melbourne International Arts Festival this week, Dr Gillian Arrighi, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts, looks at the evolution of circus.

Backstage at the circus 1890

Creative arts researcher awarded US fellowship

May 7, 2014

University of Newcastle researcher, Dr Gillian Arrighi, aims to bring the unique cultural contribution of child performers to scholarly attention.

Dr Gillian Arrighi

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Drama

Contact Details

Emailgillian.arrighi@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5007
Fax(02) 4921 6927

Office

RoomSRR212
BuildingSocial Sciences
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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