Dr Caroline Wake

Lecturer; Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow
BA (Hons Class I) PhD (UNSW)
School of the Arts & Media, Forced Migration Research Network


+ 61 2 9385 0720
Room 246E, Level 2, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Migration, Performing Arts and Creative Writing, Performance and Installation Art, Migrant Cultural Studies
Tags: Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage, The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)



I teach across theatre, performance, and media studies. 

In theatre and performance studies, I convene ARTS2121 Theatre and Current Events and have previously taught in ARTS1120 Introduction to Theatre and Performance, ARTS1121 Reading Performance, ARTS2121 Writing for Performance, ARTS2121 Critical Perspectives in Theatre and Performance, and ARTS3124 Performance Production 2: Collaborative Making.

In media, I have previously convened ARTS2091 Mobile Cultures and taught in ARTS2090 Publics and Publishing in Transition and ARTS3091 Advanced Media Issues: New Media, Cultural and Social Change.

I also give occasional guest lectures and seminars in courses such as ARTS3120 Studies in World Performance, ARTS3289 Documentary Film and HIstory, and ARTS4201 Uses of Theory.

Honours and prizes

I am the recipient of the 2014 Marlis Thiersch Prize for excellence in English-language articles anywhere in the world in the broad field of drama, theatre and performance studies. The article is "Between Repetition and Oblivion: Performance, Testimony, and Ontology in the Refugee Determination Process." Text & Performance Quarterly 33.4 (2013): 326-343 and is available here or here. The judges' comments are available here.

Affiliations and membership

Board Member

PSi (Performance Studies international) (2016-)


ADSA (Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama, and Performance Studies)
ASTR (American Society for Theater Research)
ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education)
FIRT (International Federation for Theatre Research)
MLA (Modern Language Association)

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External Grants

Australian Research Council, Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) (2017)
AusStage Phase 6: Researching Australian Live Performance: Venues, Visualisation, and Internationalisation (LE170100003, $465,000)
Lead by Flinders University of South Australia

Australian Research Council, Discovery Project (2016-18)
Power and Performance: Revaluing Theatre in the 21st Century (DP160100272, $137,455)
Lead by Murdoch University

Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellowship (2015-17)
Restoring the Contemporary: Remembering Live Art at The Performance Space (DE150100553, $327,849)