Dr Bernadette Cochrane


School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Bernadette Cochrane joined UQ in 2014 as a Lecturer in Drama in the School of Communication and Arts. She has taught on historical and contemporary drama, dramaturgical theory and performance-making. Her current teaching responsiblities include particular reference to European theatre of the twentieth-century, and directing and dramaturgy. Bernadette, as part of the UQ Drama team, was received the 2018 Award for Programs that Enhance Learning for the "UQ Drama: Building Pathways to Creative Careers" project. In 2016, again as part of the UQ Drama team, she received a Commendation for Teaching Excellence, Prior to joining UQ, Bernadette was a freelance arts worker with a particular focus on directing. Bernadette completed her dramaturgical PhD at the University of Queensland in 2013.

Her co-edited anthology New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice was published by Methuen in 2014. She is a major contributor to The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Directors and Directing, edited by Maria Delgado and Simon Williams. Bernadette is a member of the Translation, Adaptation, and Dramaturgy Working Group of the International Federation of Theatre Research. She is also a Board Member for the Migrant Dramaturgies Network - the international research network developed in partnership with New Tides Platform (UK) and the Centre for Theatre Research at the University of Lisbon, Portugal - which explores emerging dramaturgies of theatrical responses to migration in light of recent migration and shifts in global politics and economics. Bernadette is currently researching the intersection of live performance, cinema, institutional dramaturgies, and cultural production; and contemporary theatrical representations of Otherness.

Bernadette welcomes applications for higher research degree supervision in: directing, dramaturgy, Early Modern performance practice; twentieth century European theatre; theatre and digital humanities; and theatrical cultural production.

Research Interests

  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatre directing and directors
  • The live relay/the broadcast of arts events/digital humanities
  • Contemporary theatre practice
  • Adaptation
  • Theatre history

Research Impacts

2016 “Mediating Authorship: The Live Relay and Postdramatic Mediaturgies”. Invited speaker for the Postdramatic Mediaturgies conference which was part of the interuniversity project on "Literature and Media Innovation: The Question of Genre Transformations" for the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) (Brussels, Ohio State and Université du Québec à Montréal.)

2017 “(Re)mediating Remains of Authorship” . Invited speaker for “Theatre Workings” the public seminar series run by the Central School of Speech and Drama

2018 Board Member, Migrant Dramaturgies Network. An international research network composed of academics, theatre-makers and arts organisations. https://migrantdramaturgies.tumblr.com


  • Master of Arts (Shakespearean Studies), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2018). Blurring the lines: adaptation, transmediality, intermediality and screened performance. In The Routledge companion to adaptation (pp. 340-348) Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi:10.4324/9781315690254

  • Trencsényi, Katalin and Cochrane, Bernadette (2014). Foreword. In Katalin Trencsényi and Bernadette Cochrane (Ed.), New Dramaturgy: international perspectives on theory and practice (pp. xi-xx) London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2019). Live Screening: a dramaturgical nexus of popularity, populism, and urbanization. In: International Federation of Theatre Research, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, (). 8-12 July 2109.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2018). Aesthetics Squared: twenty-first century theatrical convergences and the ‘live relay'. In: Actors and Acting in the Twenty-First Century. In: Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Melbourne, Australia, (). 26-29 June 2018.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2018). Ethics, Agency, and the ‘Other’: plays resisting translation. In: Theatre and Migration: Theatre, Nation and Identity: Between Migration and Stasis, Belgrade, Serbia, (). 9-13 July 2018.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette and Ackhurst, Graham (2018). The Secret River: plays resisting translation. In: Translating for the Stage: Translating on the Stage, Oxford, United Kingdom, (). 12-14 January 2018.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2016). Remaindering the remains: the digital, the live, and the archive. In: International Federation of Theatre Research - Presenting the Theatrical Past: Interplays of Artefacts, Discourses and Practices, Stockholm University, (). 13-17 June 2016.

  • Trencsényi, Katalin and Cochrane, Bernadette (2014). New Dramaturgy. In: Theatre and Stratification. In Translation, Adaptation, and Dramaturgy Working Group at the annual conference of the International Federation of Theatre Research, Warwick, United Kingdom, (). 28 July-1 August 1 2014.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette and Bonner, Frances (2014). Slip sliding away: what changes with the live relay. In: From Theatre to Screen and Back Again, Leicester, United Kingdom, (). 19 February 2014.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2014). Wires, Strings, and Pipes: Automatous Perceptions of Hermione.. In: Shakespearean Perceptions. In Australia and New Zealand Shakespeare Association, Toowoomba, QLD, Australia, (). 2-4 October 2014.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2013). Dramaturgically modelling structure. In: Re-routing Performance. In International Federation of Theatre Research, Barcelona, Spain, (). 21-26 July 2013.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette and Lawrence, Alan (2012). Picture This: NT Live or Not. In: Mediating Performance. In International Federation of Theatre Research, Santiago, Chile, (). 22-28 July 2012.

Other Outputs

  • Cochrane, Mary (2013). Dramaturgy, playtext and structure PhD Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision