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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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Circus attractions

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

Code Description Percentage
080799 Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified 20
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Arts
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2013 -  RHD Convenor University of Newcastle
Creative and Performing Arts
Australia
1/02/2012 - 1/03/2013 RHD and Hons convenor

(Callaghan and Ourimbah)

University of Newcastle (Callaghan and Ourimbah)
Australia
1/01/2012 - 1/06/2013 Conference Co-Convenor Another World of Popular Entertainments International Conference
Australia
1/07/2011 - 1/12/2011 Discipline Convenor University of Newcastle
Drama
Australia
1/05/2011 - 1/07/2011 Visiting Fellow The University of Warwick
Theatre and Performing Studies
United Kingdom
1/07/2010 - 1/07/2012 ADSA Secretary Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA)
Australia
1/06/2010 - 1/12/2010 Chair - Research Training Committee University 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 - 1/06/2009 Conference 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

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2011 -  Membership - American Society For Theatre Research American Society For Theatre Research
United States
1/01/2006 -  Membership - Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association Australian Circus and Physical Theatre Association
Australia
1/01/2004 -  Membership - International Federation for Theatre Research International Federation for Theatre Research
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/05/1997 - 1/05/1999 Editor, Australian Sports Industry Immedia! Pty Ltd
Australia
1/03/1996 - 1/09/2002 Editor, Australasian Music Industry Directory Immedia! Pty Ltd
Music Industry- Publications and Public Relations
Australia
1/01/1988 - 1/12/1999 Actor and Manager Cahoots Theatre Company
Creative Arts Practitioner and Business Manager
Australia

Awards

Recipient

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

Research Award

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

Invitations

External Examiner

Year Title / Rationale
2012 Macquarie University
Organisation: Macquarie University Description: Hons examiner

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2011 Victorian 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

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

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2011 New Directions in Circus Research, Cente for Creative Arts, La Trobe University
Organisation: La Trobe University and ACAPTA Description: Public symposium: research presentation
2011 University of British Columbia, Dept of Theatre and Film
Organisation: University of British Columbia Description: "Fit, Strong and Full of Confidence"
2011 University of Toronto, Faculty of Physical Education and Health
Organisation: Univesity of Toronto Description: "Fit, Strong and Full of Confidence"
2011 University 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Arrighi G, Shaping Nationhood: The FitzGerald Brothers Circus, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 250 (2015)
2014 Arrighi GA, Emeljanow VE, Entertaining Children: the participation of youth in the entertainment industry, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 250 (2014) [A3]
Co-authors Victor Emeljanow
2012 Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, A World of Popular Entertainments: An Edited Volume of Critical Essays, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, 279 (2012) [A3]
Co-authors Victor Emeljanow
2010 Arrighi 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Arrighi 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-authors Victor Emeljanow
2014 Arrighi 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-authors Victor Emeljanow
2012 Arrighi 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]
2011 Arrighi 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-authors David Watt
2008 Arrighi 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 (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Arrighi G, 'Circus studies: Where to next?', Popular Entertainment Studies, 6 62-65 (2015)
2014 Arrighi G, 'Towards a cultural history of community circus in Australia', Australasian Drama Studies, 64 199-222 (2014) [C1]
2012 Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, 'Entertaining children: An exploration of the business and politics of childhood', New Theatre Quarterly, 28 41-55 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Victor Emeljanow
2012 Arrighi G, 'Circus and Sumo: Tradition, innovation and opportunism at the Australian circus', Theatre Research International, 37 265-282 (2012) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 1
2012 Arrighi G, 'The circus and modernity: A commitment to the newer and the newest', Early Popular Visual Culture, 10 169-185 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2012 Arrighi G, 'The 'D'Oyly Carte Pantomimes': Complementarity and innovation', Popular Entertainment Studies, 3 31-44 (2012) [C1]
2010 Arrighi G, 'To watch theatre: Essays on genre and corporeality [Book Review]', Australasian Drama Studies, 240-242 (2010) [C3]
2010 Arrighi G, 'Devising place and social history: A regional perspective on teaching devised performance in the tertiary sector', Australasian Drama Studies, 173-187 (2010) [C1]
2010 Arrighi G, 'Autobiography and performance', A/B: Auto/Biography Studies, 24 151-154 (2010) [C3]
2009 Arrighi G, 'Make it Australian: The Australian performing group, the Pram Factory and New Wave Theatre', Theatre Research International, 34 91-92 (2009) [C3]
DOI 10.1017/s0307883308004318
2009 Arrighi G, 'Negotiating national identity at the circus: The FitzGerald Brothers' circus in Melbourne, 1892', Australasian Drama Studies, - 68-86 (2009) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
2009 Arrighi G, 'Autobiography and Performance. By Deidre Heddon. Hampshire: Palgrave', Auto/Biography Studies, 24 151-154 (2009) [C3]
2008 Arrighi G, 'Political animals: Engagements with imperial and gender discourses in late-colonial Australian circuses', Theatre Journal, 60 609-629 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1353/tj.0.0117
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
2006 Arrighi G, 'Roll Up To The Circus!', National Library of Australia News, Volume XVI 11-14 (2006) [C3]
2004 Arrighi G, 'Randai moves, eclectic beats', RealTime Arts, 63 (2004)
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Conference (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Arrighi 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]
2013 Arrighi 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]
2013 Arrighi G, 'Circus translations: towards a cultural history of 'social' and 'youth' circus in Australia', Program and Abstracts. 2013 ASDA Conference, Adelaide, SA (2013) [E3]
2013 Halton 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-authors R Halton
2012 Arrighi 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]
2011 Emeljanow 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-authors Victor Emeljanow
2011 Arrighi 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]
DOI 10.1080/17460654.2012.664747
2010 Arrighi G, 'Circuses of modernity: A 'commitment to the new'', Cultures of Modernity: Book of Abstracts, Munich, Germany (2010) [E3]
2009 Arrighi 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]
2009 Arrighi 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-authors Victor Emeljanow
2009 Arrighi 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]
2009 Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, Halton R, 'Conference editors', A World of Popular Entertainments Conference Proceedings, Callaghan, NSW (2009) [E4]
Co-authors R Halton, Victor Emeljanow
2009 Arrighi 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-authors Victor Emeljanow
2008 Arrighi 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]
2008 Arrighi 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]
2008 Watt DM, Arrighi G, 'Performance and theatre in a regional centre', AusStage Symposium 2008. Program, Adelaide, SA (2008) [E3]
Co-authors David Watt
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Croft 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-authors Keith Nesbitt, Joyce Cooper, Rohan Rasiah
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 18
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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor 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
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1300499
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400621
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

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

Funding body: Harry Ransom Center

Funding body Harry Ransom Center
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Research Fellowship in the Humanities
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400607
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

'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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400609
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor 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
Scheme Equipment Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1200135
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Discovery Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Discovery Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300748
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301070
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20123 grants / $26,500

Emerging Research Leaders Program 2011$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Emerging Research Leaders Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1101028
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Discovery Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200656
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100654
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Julie Holledge, Doctor Gillian Arrighi, Associate Professor David Watt
Scheme Linkage Infrastructure Equipment & Facilities (LIEF)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000483
Type Of Funding Scheme excluded from IGS
Category EXCL
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000518
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190329
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow, Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189011
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Gillian Arrighi
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189138
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.5
PhD0.75

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD The Camera Close-Up: Its Challenges for the Actor and its Relationship to intimate Space Violations
Drama & Theatre Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2013 Masters Small-Scale Puppets within Australia
Drama & Theatre Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2012 Masters Evreinov and the Questions of Theatricality
Drama & Theatre Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Australian Physical Theatre
Drama & Theatre Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
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The Conversation

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

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

Office

Room SRR212
Building Social Sciences
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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