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AusAct 2024: Call for Proposals

2024 Theme: Invigorating Acting Pedagogies

The next AusAct conference will be held on the land of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, on Tuesday April 2 to Wednesday April 3, 2024, with a welcome and tour occurring on Monday April 1. WAAPA will also be hosting the 2024 Stanislavski and Place conference to be held April 4th and 6th. There will be a discounted registration if you are interested in presenting at both events.

The theme for 2024 is: ‘Invigorating Acting Pedagogies’

In response to this theme, the 2024 AusAct conference calls for papers that consider how actor training has been, or how it can be further invigorated in Australia and New Zealand, drawing upon relevant methods, systems, approaches, and aesthetics that reflect contemporary and future Australian and New Zealand actors. We need to revitalise and invigorate actor training to respond to contemporary and future challenges which reflect the ever-changing social climate. We need invigorated artists who can create works and share stories that speak to the ever-changing world around them. 

What do we gain from moving beyond the conventional methods and focusing on more invigorated forms of training, and what are the potential benefits or drawbacks that a process of invigoration presents? 

Questions may stem from, but not limited to, the following points concerning Invigorating Australasian acting pedagogies:

Jessica Hartley Keynote Presentation, QUT, 2019


Training

Participants will be invited to propose workshops based on their research and practice. The material must be original and align with the conference themes. 

Participants who are interested in conducting a workshop must submit an abstract up to 250 words to Dr Robert Lewis: robelewis@csu.edu.au

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. 

Abstract for workshops due January 22.

Workshop demonstration by Mark Seton, CSU, 2018


Abstract and Submission Information

Participants who are interested in presenting a paper and/or conducting a workshop must submit an abstract up to 250 words each to Dr Robert Lewis: robelewis@csu.edu.au.

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.

Deadline for paper and workshop proposals:  Thursday 22 February, 2024

Notification of acceptance: Thursday 29 February, 2024

All proposals must be submitted to: robelewis@csu.edu.au

In addition to the abstract submission, participants should also include the following information with their abstracts:

  • Dietary requirements (for catering purposes)
  • Paper and workshop requirements (e.g., sound system, projector, technical needs,
    etc.)
  • Short 100 – 150-word bio