Ms Seema Devashri

Ms Seema Devashri

Project Coordinator

Graduate Research

Career Summary

Biography

Seema Seraphina Devashri is currently researching screenwriting empowered female protagonists under the guidance of Simon Weaving and Susan Kerrigan at the School of Creative Industries. Her research explores how to rewrite a female heroine to ensure she has agency throughout the narrative with a practice-based methodology that includes a feature length screenplay adaptation of The Little Mermaid (1837), a content analysis of the original text and two adaptations, and a professional learning journal that tracks the creative and development process. 

Using a conceptual framework derived from sociological and feminist theorists, this Masters of Philosophy project is influenced by the power of media and representation, the lack of empowered women on our screens, the pervasive influence of myth and the art of screenwriting, adaptation and character development. 

Seema is also a casual academic at both the School of Creative Industries and the School of Humanities and Social Science, teaching and marking in a variety of subjects that reflects her past professional experience throughout the communications sector and her academic experience within the arts. Subjects include professional writing, media storytelling, digital communication, journalism, communication and cultural studies, and film and television studies.

Prior to starting at the University of Newcastle, Seema spent a couple years learning the craft of screenwriting with Max Adams. She wrote two feature screenplays, Responsibility and Artificial Sweeteners, and five shorts, loglines of which can be viewed seraphinaswords.com/screenplays. She has a passion for the writing process and in developing the best possible script for the story.

Seema also freelances various creative and marketing services, including styling, social media management and event direction to businesses and venues in the Hunter region. Before turning to screenwriting after the birth of her son, she worked in PR and marketing for various brands and organisations, including CHOICE, ICE and multiple fashion labels, artists and venues. She has worked as a journalist for News Limited and as a freelance writer and editor at a variety of magazines and publications. She has launched several of her own creative ventures, which can be viewed on seraphinaswords.com/projects.  


Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Journalism & Mass Communication, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, San Diego - USA

Keywords

  • Screenwriting
  • adaptation
  • agency
  • character agency
  • character development
  • female protagonist
  • myth
  • writing

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) 60
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality 20
200212 Screen and Media Culture 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/1/2019 -  Academic Tutor

I am a casual academic in the School of Creative Industries and in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle. 

Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
31/10/2019 -  Research and Project Officer

I currently work with Associate Professor Kylie Shaw as her research and project officer.

Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
FMCS1100 Communication and Culture
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle
Academic Tutor 1/8/2019 - 31/12/2019
CMNS1090 Media Storytelling
School of Creative Industries | University of Newcastle
Academic Tutor 1/1/2020 - 31/7/2020
CMNS1000 Digital and Social Media
School of Creative Industries | University of Newcastle
Academic Tutor 1/8/2020 - 31/12/2020
CMNS1000 Introduction to Digital Communication
School of Creative Industries | University of Newcastle
Academic Tutor 1/8/2019 - 31/12/2019
CMNS1280 Introduction to Journalism
School of Creative Industries | University of Newcastle
Academic Tutor 1/8/2019 - 31/12/2019
CMNS1090 Introduction to Professional Writing
School of Creative Industries | University of Newcastle
Academic Tutor 1/1/2019 - 31/7/2019
FMCS1200 Film and Television Studies
School of Humanities and Social Science - Faculty of Education and Arts - The University of Newcastle
Academic Tutor 1/8/2020 - 31/12/2020
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Ms Seema Devashri

Positions

Project Coordinator
Graduate Research
Research and Innovation Division

Casual Academic
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

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