Dr Lynne Bradley

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Dr Lynne Bradley


Teaching areas

  • Physical Theatre
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Directing and Devising
  • Producing
  • Actor-training
  • Creative Entrepreneurialism
  • High Performance
  • Health and Wellbeing

Research areas

  • cultural translation
  • transcultural performance
  • innovation studies
  • physical theatre
  • Japanese theatre
  • contemporary performance

Program coordinator


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.

Professional memberships

  • 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)

Research grants

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
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