This paper explores a number of visualisation tools at use in the theatre and performance field, including AusStage, IbsenStage, my own visualisation project, Ortelia, and several other tools. More specifically, it outlines the research potential that can emerge from using such tools to augment how we document, analyse, recover, and discuss performance. Digital tools and techniques have become invaluable in my own research on spatiality and location, reformulating research possibilities for me as they facilitate a better understanding of performance, theatrical activity, engagement, collaboration, and the movement of people and productions from one location to another, thus assisting to reinforce the spatial significance to theatre.

Join us for a drink, after the seminar, at St Lucy’s


Professor Joanne Tompkins

Joanne Tompkins is Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Queensland. She is the co-author of Post-Colonial Drama (with Helen Gilbert); Women’s Intercultural Performance (with Julie Holledge); and A Global Doll’s House: Ibsen and Distant Visions (with Holledge, Jonathan Bollen and Frode Helland); and author of Unsettling Space: Contestations in Contemporary Australian Theatre (2006) and Theatre’s Heterotopias: Performance and the Cultural Politics of Space (2014). She is co-editor, with Anna Birch, of Performing Site-Specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice (2012), and has co-edited special issues of Contemporary Theatre Review on site-specificity (with Birch) and on the politics and practices of editing (with Maria Delgado). She is editor of Theatre Journal. She has been involved with the database resource, AusStage, since its inception, and she has produced an interdisciplinary, innovative research tool called Ortelia to enable the analysis of theatre and gallery spaces through computer-based heritage visualisation.

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

The seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in Room 601 in the Michie Building (#9).

Semester 2, 2017 Seminars & Workshops


Friday, 11 August

Technologies for the Analysis of Communication

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Dan Angus

Friday, 18 August

Hotel October: The Deaths and Dates of Jacques Derrida and Walter Benjamin

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Prof. John Schad
(Department of English Literature and Creative Writing, Lancaster University)

Friday, 1 September

The Writer on the Road

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr James Cowan

Friday, 15 September

Birds of a feather? Trump, Chavez and the populist communication style in times of discursive disruption

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Elena Block


Friday, 29 September

Making Hollywood Mobile: Labour in Global Film and Television Production

Room 740, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Kevin Sanson
(School of Communication, QUT)
Friday, 13 October

The Datafication of Religious Media:
Pulpit Plagiarism and the Spiritual Commons in American Sermons

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Andrew Ventimiglia
(TC Beirne School of Law, UQ)
Friday 27 October

Cirrus: Innovative, Digitally Engaged Assessment for High Level Thinking

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Natalie Collie, Dr Jennifer Clement, Kerry Kilner
Friday, 3 November

"The State of Fun": How Singapore's Fun Campaigns Legitimise an Emerging Casino Economy

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Juan Zhang

Friday, 10 November

Historical Moods in Film

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Robert Sinnerbrink
(Macquarie University)


Level 6, Michie Building (#9)
Room 601