Type of post: Association news item
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Posted By: Glen McGillivray
Status: Current
Date Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2019
Charles Sturt University and Queensland University of Technology Present



Queensland University of Technology are hosting the 2019 AusAct: Australian Actor Training Conference on Friday August 9 to Sunday August 11. This three-day conference, training and performance event is a presentation of actor training scholarship by researchers, practitioners and pedagogues working with original performer training methods developed within the Australian context. It is an event focusing on Australian actor training pedagogies and research and its relationship to place, space, land, environment, culture and technologies. The conference will provide an avenue for the sharing of original materials and knowledge in dialogue within the Australian performer training context. The conference aims to celebrate, interrogate and showcase actor training methods that have been created and developed in Australia. We invite individual papers (20 minutes duration), workshop sessions (up to 90 minutes duration) and panel presentations (60 minute duration).

The conference will have three main parts: ConferenceTraining and Performance.

In response to this theme, the 2019 AusAct conference calls for papers that consider how actor training can maintain its relevance in Australia, as well as drawing upon relevant methods, approaches and aesthetics that reflect contemporary and future Australian actors. Not only do we need relevant content material to reflect the ever-changing social climate, we need relevant artists who create works through which they can better connect to the world around them.

What do we gain for moving beyond the conventional methods and focusing on more relevant forms of training, and what is to gain or lose in ‘being relevant’?

Questions may stem from, but not limited to, the following points concerning being relevant in light of Australian performance pedagogies:
  • Relevance of Australian actor training
  • The relevance of training for performance
  • Relevance of international actor training methods in Australian performance practice
  • The development of relevant performance training in Australia
  • The relevance of place, space and environment in Australian actor training
  • The relevance of technology in performance training
  • The relevance of health and wellbeing in actor training
Professionals will be invited to propose workshops based on their research and practice. The material must be original and align with the conference themes.
Public performances by performance practitioners who identify as having a unique place in Australian performing arts industry through their development of new, original work, or original processes.

Performance practitioners, directors, teachers, academics, postgraduate students and performers are invited to attend to discuss and demonstrate their original pedagogies and methodologies that have been developed in Australia that have been inspired by the environment, land, the Australian performing arts industry, the Australian values and culture. This is also an opportunity to propose futures for Australian performer training methods.

Participants who are interested in presenting a paper, conducting a workshop or staging a performance must submit an abstract up to 250 words to both Robert Lewis: and Andrea Moor: Applicants who are interested in submitting an abstract for a workshop must clearly state the level of participation, e.g., beginners, intermediate or advanced, the aims and objectives of the workshop, influences/inspiration behind the work, and any other requirements needed. Applicants who are interested in staging a performance must indicate cast size, length of performance and any other helpful information. Technical requirements must be kept to a minimum. Abstract for papers, panel presentations and workshops due Friday April 5.

Presenters have the option to submit their papers to be considered for the peer reviewed Fusion Journal. Presenters will be invited to submit an article version of their conference paper for inclusion late 2019. This edition of the Fusion Journal aims to make a contribution to the field offering new insights into Australian acting pedagogies in the past and in the present. It will consist of a selected number of essays from submissions drawing on papers presented at AusAct 2019: BEING RELEVANT. This volume will aim to engage with national and international debates on the nature and practices of Australian actor training as research as a scholarly methodology and/or as pedagogical practice. An expression of interest form will be available through the conference website: Every contributor must also fill out a ‘Publication Expression of Interest’ form in order to indicate whether or not they would like to: have their paper published in the special edition of Fusion Journal without being double blind peer reviewed; have their paper double blind peer reviewed to be considered for publication in the special edition of Fusion Journal; submit creative works and or other projects of equivalent scope; only attend the conference and present without any publication outcome. Timelines, important dates and other information relating to the publication are listed in the ‘Publication Expression of Interest’ form at:

Call for proposals: Friday April 5
Monday May 13: Abstracts for papers, performances and workshops due
Monday May 27: Notification of acceptance
Early Bird Registrations Close: Sunday July 14
Full Registration: Monday July 15
Registrations close: Thursday August 1
Conference: August 9 – 11

September 6: Final papers submitted for publication

Early Bird: $340
Full: $420
Student/Concession: $280

For further information, please contact:

Dr Robert Lewis (Charles Sturt University)

Dr Andrea Moor (Queensland University of Technology)