- Physical Theatre
- Contemporary Performance
- Directing and Devising
- Creative Entrepreneurialism
- High Performance
- Health and Wellbeing
- cultural translation
- transcultural performance
- innovation studies
- physical theatre
- Japanese theatre
- contemporary performance
Dr Lynne Bradley joined the School of Communication and Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the role of lecturer in drama in February 2017.
Lynne Bradley has worked in the performing arts and education sectors in Australia and abroad for the past 30 years as an award-winning director, performer, actor–trainer, lecturer and pioneer in the fields of physical theatre and contemporary performance. In 1992 she co-founded Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre which went on to become one of Queensland’s leading innovative arts organisations, specialising in immersive and site-specific performance work and transcultural and cross-cultural projects between Australia and Asia.
As a director of physical theatre, music theatre and contemporary performance, Lynne’s productions were showcased in national and international festivals and won a number of awards including: Matilda Awards for Cabaret (Best Musical) and The Tempest (Best Independent Production), and short-listed nominations for Zeitgeist (Total Theatre Award, Edinburgh Fringe) and Macbeth: As Told By the Weird Sisters (Helpmann Award). Her adaptation of The Tempest was published by Playlab and is staged regularly by schools and universities around Australia.
As an actor–trainer specialising in movement and physical theatre Lynne has worked at renowned Australian acting institutions including WAAPA, NIDA and QUT, as well a large number of universities nationally and internationally. Lynne’s specialty areas include the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Butoh dance-theatre (which she introduced to Queensland in 1992) and the Viewpoints (which she introduced to Australia in 1998 after studying with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York).
As a lecturer and tutor Lynne has taught and directed regularly at the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. She also designed and coordinated the Zen Zen Zo Creative Entrepreneur Internship Program (2004–2014), which produced some of Australia’s leading contemporary performance artists.
Lynne’s past research has investigated the subversive potential of the body in physical theatre, as well as explored emerging forms in contemporary performance practice. Her recent research has been focused on innovation and investigating cultural translation and transcultural arts exchange.
- Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies
- Arts Queensland Peer Assessment Panel
Awards / Fellowships
- Lord Mayor's Performing Arts Fellowship, 1999
- Matilda Awards, 2009 and 2011
- Helpmann Award nomination, 2002
- Edinburgh Fringe Total Theatre Award shortlisted, 2009
- Australian Postgraduate Scholarship (2014–2016; 1996–1999)
- American Field Scholarship (1983–1984)
|Grant/Project name||Investigators||Funding body and A$ value||Year(s)||Focus of research|
|In the Company of Shadows||Lynne Bradley||Arts Queensland ($59,000)||2015–2016||Transcultural performance / cultural translation|
|My Sublime Shadow||Lynne Bradley and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre||Australia Council for the Arts ($15,000)||2010||Butoh, cabaret, and marginal spaces|
|The GAIA Project||Lynne Bradley, Zen Zen Zo and Dairakudakan||Arts Queensland ($15,000)||2009||Transcultural performing arts collaborations / environmental sustainability|
|Small 2 Medium Organisations||Lynne Bradley and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre||Arts Queensland (110,000 annually)||2005–2014||Physical theatre / site-specific and immersive contemporary performance practice|
|Sub-Con Warrior 1||Lynne Bradley and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre||Arts Queensland ($29,000)||2006||Immersive, site-specific and intimate theatre / digital technologies|
|Sub-Con Warrior 2.0||Lynne Bradley, Simon Woods and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Australia Council for the Arts ($50,000)||Australia Council for the Arts ($50,000)||2008||Immersive and site-specific theatre|
|Wicked Bodies||Lynne Bradley and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre||Australia Council for the Arts ($30,000)||2003–2004||Subversive potential of the body in physical theatre|
|Lord Mayor's Performing Arts Fellowship||Lynne Bradley and Simon Woods||Brisbane City Council ($20,000)||1999||Traditional and contemporary Japanese dance theatre|
|Steel Flesh||Lynne Bradley and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre||Arts Queensland ($29,000)||1999||The live performance body, cyberculture and virtual reality|