Dr Clare Irvine


School of Creative Industries (Drama)

Career Summary


Dr. Clare Irvine is a part time Creative and Performing Arts Lecturer in the School of Creative Industries at the University of Newcastle.  Prior to this Clare was the Senior Research Coordinator at the University of Melbourne where she managed a 13 industry-partner ARC Linkage Grant and was the Senior Researcher and Manager on consultancies with the Arts and Education sectors of the Victorian Government.  Dr Irvine has held positions with the Australia Council for the Arts and Local State Government and her creative practice focuses on contemporary arts practice with children and young people.  She has worked with the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Victorian Arts Centre, Malthouse Theatre, Queensland Theatre Company, the Brisbane Powerhouse and Maitland Regional Art Gallery. 

More recently Dr Irvine was a Researcher and a Community Strategic Planning Officer for The Smith Family where she developed a School Readiness Plan based in the methodology of Collective Impact for Aboriginal families starting school.  The program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Clare's PhD focused on innovation in Australian Cultural Policy and arts practice. 


  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle


  • arts partnerships
  • audiences
  • community development
  • contemporary performance
  • cultural policy
  • youth studies

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2014 - 1/06/2014 Research Officer The Smith Family
1/01/2011 - 1/11/2014 Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Creative and Performing Arts
1/02/2007 - 1/12/2011 Senior Research Coordinator The University of Melbourne
Education and Arts

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2014 - 1/12/2014 Community Strategic Planning Officer The Smith Family
3/04/2006 - 21/12/2007 Education Curator Maitland Region Gallery


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Arrighi G, Irvine C, Joyce B, Haracz K, 'Reimagining role and character : An approach to acting training for role-play simulation in the tertiary education setting', Applied Theatre Research, 6 89-106 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1386/atr.6.2.89_1
Co-authors Gillian Arrighi, Kirsti Haracz

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Arrighi G, Irvine C, Joyce B, 'Immersion, Spontaneity, Efficacy and the Actor: applying the actor to the pedagogical demands of the contemporary University', University of Sydney (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Gillian Arrighi

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 Masters Scenography: Investigating the Effect and Affect of Technology in Performance M Philosophy (Drama), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Clare Irvine


School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area


Contact Details

Email clare.irvine@newcastle.edu.au