Dr Chris Hay

Lecturer

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
chris.hay@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53246

Overview

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

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • The project seeks to examine the pre-history of live performance subsidy in Australia, broadly construed as the period between the Guthrie Report in 1949 and the establishment of Whitlam’s Australia Council for the Arts in 1975. Within this period, the project focusses on the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, the first organisation tasked with distributing government funding in order to establish a national performance culture. The project will explore whether understanding the architecture of the first attempts at live performance subsidy can help address the contemporary crisis of arts funding in Australia. Full details about the application procedure for the position can be found through UQ’s Graduate School, and prospective applicants can contact me (chris.hay@uq.edu.au) to discuss the project and their proposal further. As part of the application process, candidates will be invited to craft a 1000-word research proposal, which sets out their proposal investigation and its relationship to the wider project. Potential PhD topics include:

    • The history of the Elizabethan Theatre building in Sydney as a synecdoche for the wider challenges faced by the Trust;
    • The supplanting of the Arts Council of Australia and the various National Theatre movements in favour of the Trust; or
    • The Trust’s efforts to support dance, the decline of the Borovansky Ballet and the establishment of the Australian Ballet.

    Eligibility: Australian and international candidates who meet UQ’s minimum level of academic achievement. Duration: Three years, full-time, with the possibility of two six-month extensions in approved circumstances. Scholarship value: Living stipend of A$28,092 per annum tax free (2020 rate), indexed annually, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Deadline: The scholarship is open until filled; the successful candidate must commence by 14 April 2021.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Carniel, Jessica and Hay, Chris (2019). Conclusion—Eurovision—Australia Decides. 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!”. 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. 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. New directions in teaching theatre arts. (pp. 157-173) edited by Anne Fliotsos and Gail S. Medford. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-89767-7_10

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • The project seeks to examine the pre-history of live performance subsidy in Australia, broadly construed as the period between the Guthrie Report in 1949 and the establishment of Whitlam’s Australia Council for the Arts in 1975. Within this period, the project focusses on the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, the first organisation tasked with distributing government funding in order to establish a national performance culture. The project will explore whether understanding the architecture of the first attempts at live performance subsidy can help address the contemporary crisis of arts funding in Australia. Full details about the application procedure for the position can be found through UQ’s Graduate School, and prospective applicants can contact me (chris.hay@uq.edu.au) to discuss the project and their proposal further. As part of the application process, candidates will be invited to craft a 1000-word research proposal, which sets out their proposal investigation and its relationship to the wider project. Potential PhD topics include:

    • The history of the Elizabethan Theatre building in Sydney as a synecdoche for the wider challenges faced by the Trust;
    • The supplanting of the Arts Council of Australia and the various National Theatre movements in favour of the Trust; or
    • The Trust’s efforts to support dance, the decline of the Borovansky Ballet and the establishment of the Australian Ballet.

    Eligibility: Australian and international candidates who meet UQ’s minimum level of academic achievement. Duration: Three years, full-time, with the possibility of two six-month extensions in approved circumstances. Scholarship value: Living stipend of A$28,092 per annum tax free (2020 rate), indexed annually, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). Deadline: The scholarship is open until filled; the successful candidate must commence by 14 April 2021.