The Process


Staging Australian Women’s Lives: Theatre, Feminism and Socially Engaged Art will significantly shift historical awareness of Australia’s women theatre makers’ contributions, by mapping their historical legacy through a co-designed approach. 


Researchers will work together with key figures in women’s theatre in Australia over the last 50 years to creatively determine what information and interfaces best document the spirit, concerns, tensions and interventions of womens’ theatrical contributions and legacies. The project will conduct a feminist analysis of these contributions. 

The research will be conducted through:

  • Focus groups will be held in four key locations (Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Northern Territory) either in-person or virtually.
  • In-depth interviews with interested participants (conducted after the focus groups).
  • A co-design workshop will be conducted either in-person or virtually in Melbourne. The workshop will contribute to designing the digital archive of participants’ contributions to Australian theatre history.
  • A live performance that showcases the widest possible range of work, voice and presence of women theatre makers in Australia.

The preservation, documentation, curation and publishing of this data will enable women theatre makers’ contributions to reach a diverse and global audience for the first time.

Researchers will combine participants’ contributions (personal histories, performance programs, scripts, photographs and rehearsal notes) with the project’s outputs (audio/video recordings of interviews, focus groups, co-design workshop and the live performance) to create an online collection and exhibition of research data. 

Please note the format of data collection methods will depend on evolving social distancing guidelines.