Dr Chris Hay


School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 53246


Chris joined UQ in 2017 as a Lecturer in Drama in the School of Communication and Arts. His teaching responsibilities include theatre history, performance production, and script analysis, and he is continuing his research project into the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust (AETT) and the origins of state-subsidised performance as an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow from 2020 to 2022. Chris joined UQ from the University of New England (UNE), where he had been Lecturer in Theatre Studies in 2017 and directed UNE's major production of Spring Awakening in his own translation. Between 2014 and 2016, Chris was Associate Lecturer in Performance Practices at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Sydney, where he taught into the theoretical components of the practice-led Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees.

Chris is also an Honorary Associate of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, where he earned his PhD in 2014 with a thesis entitled “Learning to inhabit the chair: Knowledge transfer in contemporary Australian director training”. This research was later published as the monograph Knowledge, Creativity and Failure (Palgrave, 2016). In 2017, Chris was also an Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, which funded his research into the spatial dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Other of his eclectic research interests include the Eurovision Song Contest, intracultural training and performance practice, and the cultural histories of arts institutions, and he welcomes applications for research higher degree supervision in any of these areas.

Research Interests

  • Theatre directing and directors
  • Creative arts pedagogy
  • Early Modern performance practice
  • Actors and actor training
  • Eurovision Song Contest
  • Australian theatre history


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Carniel, Jessica and Hay, Chris (2019). Conclusion—Eurovision—Australia Decides. In Eurovision and Australia (pp. 259-279) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-20058-9_13

  • Hay, Chris and Prior, Jacquelyn (2019). Introduction—“Good Evening, Europe—Good Morning, Australia!”. In Eurovision and Australia (pp. 1-14) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-20058-9_1

  • Hay, Chris (2019). Pyjama Fandom: Watching Eurovision Down Under. In Eurovision and Australia (pp. 239-258) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-20058-9_12

  • Hay, Chris and Landon-Smith, Kristine (2018). The intracultural actor: embracing difference in theatre arts teaching. In Anne Fliotsos and Gail S. Medford (Ed.), New directions in teaching theatre arts (pp. 157-173) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-89767-7_10

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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