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Biography

My career as a Drama academic started in 1965 when I was appointed to the Department of Drama at the University of New South Wales. My dilemma at the time lay in how to maintain an academic career that demanded a dual proficiency: a professional credibility as a theatre practitioner and as a theatre scholar. The historical circumstances suggested that my first challenge should be to bring the worlds of the academy and the theatre profession together, a rapprochement that was regarded with considerable scorn at the time by both communities. I determined to lead by example and this lay at the basis of my tenure as the artistic director of the Bondi Pavilion Theatre (1974-8), my period as theatre critic for the "National Times" (1979-80), and my assumption of the role of vice-president of the Producers and Directors Guild of Australia (1987-95). These activities were all conducted while I held a full-time position at the university. Nevertheless, the demands of the creative output were extremely onerous and totally different from those of the academic researcher. Initially, the requirements of the tertiary sector did not suggest a sympathetic attitude toward what has latterly been identified as practice-as-research. Indeed creative efforts were simply regarded as spare time activities; the real scholarly endeavours were identified with the conventional norms of academic outputs - books, articles and the like. I would have appreciated the developments in performance studies that have taken place in the last 10 to 15 years. Nevertheless, in my scholarly output I attempted to relate my interests as a theatre director to publications: my book on Chekhov (Routledge 1981) and my articles on the career of the Russian director Komisarjevsky ("Theatre Notebook", 1983, 1987) substantiate this. These are all regarded as seminal works: the book which captures the reactions to Chekhov in the English-speaking world from 1909 to 1945; the articles as the first scholarly investigation of a highly influential director in is life outside Russia.

The consequence in terms of my own career has been to try to maintain credibility along two parallel lines that might have benefited from intersections. When I was appointed to the chair at the University of Newcastle I was asked to develop a sense of theatrical professionalism as well as lead by example in scholarly endeavours, a bifurcation which continued a career path I had commenced in 1965. I was also very aware of the fact that Drama at the university in the Newcastle context had emerged as a result of direct community pressure so that highly visible productions were expected. As a consequence, over the last 20 years I have attempted to maintain a professional visibility in the community while addressing the matters of academic rigour in publication and international recognition. This has proved extremely demanding: a dedication to focussed academic outcomes without the pressures of creative outputs would have been so much easier. It has, however, involved a juggling act which has precluded me from producing the volume of research work that I might otherwise have achieved.

That said, I am particularly pleased with the recognition that I have received at a local level for my directorial efforts (four City of Newcastle Awards for Professional Excellence) and the fact that my research into popular theatre, especially into theatre audiences, has met with international favour. I regularly am asked to give papers at international conferences (International Federation for Theatre Research; the American Society for Theatre Research) and serve on the editorial advisory board of the premier British theatre journal New Theatre Quarterly. I also convene a Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research on "Popular entertainments: variety, circus and the allied arts", which meets annually. Equally important has been the invitation to direct plays over the years in other countries:

Qualifications

  • PhD, Stanford University
  • Master of Arts, University of New Zealand

Research

Research keywords

  • Chekhov
  • Victorian and Edwardian popular theatre
  • audience research
  • employment of children in theatre
  • melodrama
  • prisoner of war entertainment
  • theatre directors

Research expertise

In Drama and Theatre Studies my interests lie in the rise and development of the director from the 19th century onward, Chekhov on the English stage, the emergence of melodrama as a popular form from the 19th century and its persistence in today's media, modernist developments in dramatic forms and theatrical technology especially in the Victorian and Edwardian periods and finally, the role of the live theatre audience especially its responses to the creation of dramatic meaning. Theatrical autobiography and biography as historiographical artifacts are not only significant in themselves but also parallel my interests in the use of musical and dramatic performances in prisoner of war camps during both World Wars where auto/biographical documents provide the evidence.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
190404Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies100

Memberships

Editorial Board.

  • Editor - Popular Entertainment Studies

Awards

Book Award

2002Annual Book Award
British Society for Theatre Research (United Kingdom)
This award for "Reflecting the Audience" published in 2001 by the University of Iowa Press and the University of Hertfordshire Press rewards the highest achievement annually in theatre research.

Distinction.

2010Emeritus Professor of Drama
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Appointment of the University Council on the recommednation of the PVC (Education and Artsd)
1993Lansdowne Visitor
University of Victoria (Canada)
I was awarded the position of Lansdowne Visitor, an occasional award to recognise a distinguished research visitor. Amongst other responsibilities I delivered a public lecture entitled "Damned Whores and God's Police: contemporary Australian dramatic developments."

Recognition.

2008CONDA
City of Newcastle (Australia)
City of Newcastle Drama Award for Best Professional Direction "Waiting for Godot"
2006City of Newcastle Drama Award (CONDA)
City of Newcastle (Australia)
Recognition of Best Professional Direction by peer-review in the Newcastle region.
2003City of Newcastle Drama Award
Newcastle City Council (Australia)
The award recognised my contribution to theatrical excellence as a professional director in the Newcastle community
2000CONDA
Newcastle City Council (Australia)
City of Newcastle Drama Drama Award for Best Professional Direction

Invitations

Esternal Review, Master of Aviation Management
University of Newcastle, Australia (External Reviewer - Programs.)
2009
Australian College of Physical Education review
DEST, Australia (External Reviewer - Programs.)
2002
JMC Academy Program Accreditation review
DEST, Australia (External Reviewer - Programs.)
2005
JMC Academy review
DEST, Australia (External Reviewer - Programs.)
2005
New South Wales Vice-Chancellors' Specialist Representative, Accreditation Review Panel
DEST, Australia (External Reviewer - Programs.)
2007
"Performances behind the Wire"
University of Warwick, United Kingdom (Guest lecture)
2007

Collaboration

I am the General editor of the international, peer-reviewed e-journal "Popular Entertainment Studies." This is published twice a year and complements my work with ther IFTR's Popular Entertainments Working Group. I have a particular interest in late-Victorian and Edwardian theatre.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

My expertise goes back to my employment at the University of NSW where I was Head of Department from 1979-1982. From 1986 to 2001 I was Head of the Department of Drama at the University of Newcastle and additionally was Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1987 to 1990 when I chaired the Faculty Board. In these capacities I served on all the major university committees including Promotions, Research and Research Training, Since 2002 I have continued to serve on the university's Promotions Committee. Also I have been the Faculty of Education and Arts Assistant Dean (Community Relations) and am currently the Research and Research Training Convenor for the School of Drama, Fine Arts and Music.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • 19th century popular theatre
  • Chekhov
  • audience composition and reception
  • directing for the stage
  • farce
  • melodrama
  • popular theatre forms

Teaching expertise

I have taught widely across the Drama and Theatre studies spectrum from year 1 tutorials to post-graduate supervision. My teaching is informed by my professional practice as a theatre director and by my research interests especially into popular theatre forms. Similarly my background as an actor allows me to understand the process of personal creativity and development as well as to inculcate best practices in inter-personal communication.

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Highlighted Publications

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

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001Emeljanow VE, Davis J, Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing 1840-1880, Iowa Press, USA (2001) [A2]
2003Emeljanow VE, Roy D, Richards K, Richards L, Romantic and Revolutionary Theatre, 1789-1860, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 558 (2003) [A2]
2004Emeljanow VE, Davis J, 'Victorian and Edwardian Audiences', The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 93-108 (2004) [B1]
2001Emeljanow VE, Davis J, ''Wistful Rememberancer': the historiographical problem of Macqueen Popery', New Theatre Quarterly, XVII, 4 299-309 (2001) [C3]

Publications

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Book (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Arrighi GA, Emeljanow VE, Entertaining Children: the participation of youth in the entertainment industry, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 250 (2014) [A3]

Co-authors: Gillian Arrighi

2012Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, A World of Popular Entertainments: An Edited Volume of Critical Essays, Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, 279 (2012) [A3]

Co-authors: Gillian Arrighi

2012Emeljanow VE, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Pickering & Chatto, London, 411 (2012) [A3]
2003Emeljanow VE, Roy D, Richards K, Richards L, Romantic and Revolutionary Theatre, 1789-1860, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 558 (2003) [A2]
2001Emeljanow VE, Davis J, Reflecting the Audience: London Theatregoing 1840-1880, Iowa Press, USA (2001) [A2]
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Chapter (3 outputs)

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2011Emeljanow VE, 'Staging the pirate: The ambiguities of representation and the significance of convention', Pirates and Mutineers of the Nineteenth Century : Swashbucklers and Swindlers, Ashgate, Farnham, England 223-242 (2011) [B1]
2008Emeljanow VE, 'Victorian theatre posters', Found Treasures, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 40-43 (2008) [B2]
2004Emeljanow VE, Davis J, 'Victorian and Edwardian Audiences', The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 93-108 (2004) [B1]

Journal article (19 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Emeljanow VE, 'Editorial', Popular Entertainment Studies, 4 1-5 (2013) [C3]
2012Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, 'Entertaining children: An exploration of the business and politics of childhood', New Theatre Quarterly, 28 41-55 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Gillian Arrighi

2012Emeljanow VE, 'Editorial', Popular Entertainment Studies, 3 1-3 (2012) [C3]
2012Emeljanow VE, 'Editorial', Popular Entertainment Studies, 3 1-6 (2012) [C3]
2011Emeljanow VE, 'Editorial', Popular Entertainment Studies, 2 1-4 (2011) [C3]
2011Emeljanow VE, 'Victorian Pantomime: A collection of critical essays, ed. Jim Davis', Australasian Drama Studies, 58 247-250 (2011) [C3]
2011Emeljanow VE, 'Editorial', Popular Entertainment Studies, 2 1-4 (2011) [C3]
2011Emeljanow VE, 'Review of Victorian Pantomime: A collection of critical essays, ed. Jim Davis', Australasian Drama Studies, 58 247-250 (2011) [C3]
2010Emeljanow VE, 'Impact of the Modern: Vernacular Modernities in Australia 1870s-1960s [Book Review]', Australasian Drama Studies, 233-236 (2010) [C3]
2010Emeljanow VE, 'Editorial', Popular Entertainment Studies, 1 1-5 (2010) [C3]
2008Emeljanow VE, 'Toby Wilsher, The Mask handbook: A practical guide', Australasian Drama Studies, 52 221-223 (2008) [C3]
2005Emeljanow VE, 'McCormick, John, 'The Victorian Marionette Theatre'', Modern Drama, 48 850-852 (2005) [C3]
2005Emeljanow VE, 'Review of Alice May, Gilbert and Sullivan's First Prima Donna', Australasian Drama Studies, 46 145-147 (2005) [C3]
2005Emeljanow VE, 'Review of Theatre and Social Change', Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance, 2 73-76 (2005) [C3]
2004Emeljanow VE, 'Vallillo, Stephen and Chach, Maryann (eds) 'Pleasure Gardens/Their Championship Seasons: Acquiring, Processing, and Using Performing Arts Archives.' 'Performing Arts Resource'', Theatre Survey, 45 133-135 (2004) [C3]
2003Emeljanow VE, 'The Events of June 1848: the Monte Cristo riots and the politics of protest', New Theatre Quarterly, 19, Part 1 23-32 (2003) [C1]
2001Emeljanow VE, Davis J, ''Wistful Rememberancer': the historiographical problem of Macqueen Popery', New Theatre Quarterly, XVII, 4 299-309 (2001) [C3]
1998Emeljanow VE, Davis J, 'New Views of Cheap Theatres: reconstructing the nineteenth-century audience', Theatre Survey, 39 53-72 (1998) [C1]
1998Emeljanow VE, 'Erasing the Spectator: observations on nineteenth century lighting', Theatre History Studies, 18 107-116 (1998) [C1]
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Review (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Emeljanow VE, 'Lewis Waller', The New Dictionary of National Biography (2005) [D2]
2005Emeljanow VE, 'Genevieve Ward', The New Dictionary of National Biography (2005) [D2]
2005Emeljanow VE, 'Charles Dillon', The New Dictionary of National Biography (2005) [D2]
2005Emeljanow VE, 'Wilson Barrett', The New Dictionary of National Biography (2005) [D2]
2005Emeljanow VE, 'Stanley Houghton', The New Dictionary of National Biography (2005) [D2]
2005Emeljanow VE, 'Clement Scott', The New Dictionary of National Biography (2005) [D2]
1998Emeljanow VE, 'Victorian drama and theatre', Year's Work in English Studies (1998) [D1]
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Conference (8 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Emeljanow VE, 'Pierrots and Pierrettes: an Excursion into Concert Parties and their Female Impersonators during World War 1', Book of Abstracts. 2014 FIRT-IFTR World Congress, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK (2014) [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]
2012Emeljanow VE, 'Palliative pantomimes: Some excursions into the role of popular entertainments in prisoner of war camps during World War I', Book of Abstracts. IRT/IFTR Annual Conference, Santiago, Chile (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-authors: Gillian Arrighi

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-authors: Gillian Arrighi

2009Emeljanow VE, Davis J, 'The theatrical life and death of Wych Street', Sites of Performance: Mapping/Theatre/History Conference: Abstracts, Nottingham, UK (2009) [E3]
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-authors: Gillian Arrighi

2009Arrighi G, Emeljanow VE, Halton R, 'Conference editors', A World of Popular Entertainments Conference Proceedings, Callaghan, NSW (2009) [E4]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants14
Total funding$124,664

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2008 (3 grants)

Development of peer reviewed rich media annotation and publishing environment for the creative and performing arts$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

SchemeRole
Research Support SchemeInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020082008
GNo:37389987

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

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow, Doctor Gillian Arrighi
SchemeRole
Pilot GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,66620082008
GNo:G0189011

IFTR/FIRT Annual Conference, Chung-Ang University, Seol, South Korea, 14/7/2008 - 19/7/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0189133

2007 (1 grants)

International Federation for Theatre Research, Stellenbosch University SA, 10/7/2007 - 14/7/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0187770

2006 (1 grants)

FIRT World Congress August 7 - 11 2006$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0186487

2004 (1 grants)

American Society for Theatre Research, 18-21 November 2004, USA$2,065
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,06520042004
GNo:G0184836

2003 (1 grants)

Popular theatregoing in England 1880-1918$10,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$10,00020032003
GNo:G0182370

2000 (1 grants)

American Society for Theatre Research, USA 10-12 November 2000$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020002000
GNo:G0179855

1999 (1 grants)

Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference Philadelphia, USA.$1,468
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,46819991999
GNo:G0179081

1998 (1 grants)

IFTR XIIIth World Congress, UK 6-12 July 1998$1,344
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,34419981998
GNo:G0179788

1997 (1 grants)

Mid-America Theatre Conference, Chicago, USA, 13-16 March 1997$1,321
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,32119971997
GNo:G0179457

1995 (3 grants)

London Theatre Audiences: 1840-1878$71,000
Funding Body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow, Assoc. Prof J Davis
SchemeRole
Large GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$71,00019951997
GNo:G0175401

95 APP Visual Programming for Dramatic Arts$8,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow, Peter Eades
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,00019951995
GNo:G0175223

Development of an Interactive CD Encyclopaedia of the Theatre$5,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow
SchemeRole
Teaching Committee Teaching GrantsChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,40019951995
GNo:G0175877
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.5
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142017PhD (Drama)Co-SupervisorThe Camera Close-Up: Its Challenges for the Actor and its Relationship to intimate Space Violations
20132015M Philosophy (Drama)Co-SupervisorSmall-Scale Puppets within Australia
20122016M Philosophy (Drama)Co-SupervisorEvreinov and the Questions of Theatricality
20112017PhD (Drama)Co-SupervisorAustralian Physical Theatre

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2011M Creative Arts (Drama) [R]Co-SupervisorRandai as a Contemporary Dramaturgy: Obstacles and Insights from an Intercultural Transposition
2011PhD (Drama)Sole SupervisorThe Processes of Dramatic Adaptation: Three Playscripts with Commentaries and Annotations
2008PhD (Fine Art)Co-Supervisor"Relating to Country": Listening, Reflecting and Relating to Contemporary Aboriginal Stories From Won:arua Country in the Hunter Valley
2007PhD (Drama)Sole SupervisorA Circus and its Context: The Fitzgerald Brothers' Circus in Australia and New Zealand, 1888 - 1906
2006M Arts (Drama) [R]Sole SupervisorGoing to the Theatre. An investigation of factors affecting theatre attendance in Sydney's entertainment district from 1896 to 1920
2005Masters Performing Arts Not Elswr Clas
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorThe Neutral Mask
2004Masters Drama & Theatre Studies
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorThe neutral mask
2004PhD (Drama)Sole SupervisorDeviance and Disloyalty: Historiographical Discourses in Representations of the Cambridge Spies
2002M Creative Arts (Drama) [R]Sole SupervisorKelver Hartley (A Life in Progress). Researching the Eccentric
2001Masters Drama & Theatre Studies
University of Newcastle
Sole SupervisorKelver Hartley: a life in progress
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Emeritus Professor Victor Emeljanow

Work Phone(02) 4921 5002
Fax(02) 4921 6927
Email
PositionsConjoint Professor
School of Creative Arts
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Emeritus Professor
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaDrama
Office
SRR203A,
Social Sciences,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/victor-emeljanow