Dr Natasha Budd

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Dr Natasha Budd


Teaching areas

  • Directing for Theatre
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Performing Skills
  • Applied Performance
  • Devising Performance

Research areas

  • child performers in contemporary theatre practice
  • teacher-artistry
  • performance ethics
  • child performers in applied performance contexts


Natasha is a lecturer in Drama at the University of the Sunshine Coast. She is a theatre director and educator and has worked in a diverse range of environments including primary, secondary and tertiary education; applied performance and theatre for children and young people. She has directed youth festivals as well as touring productions and devised and implemented arts education programs across the state. Natasha is currently a board member of Backbone Youth Arts Queensland’s peak youth arts organisation.

Natasha’s research has focused on the development of a constructivist performance praxis for working with child performers in the theatre. Recent research has focused on children performing as simulated patients in the training of tertiary student nurses and the impact of the children’s performances on student learning.

Professional memberships

  • Board member:  Backbone Youth Arts
  • Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies
  • Drama Queensland


  • 2016 Advance Award for Learning and Teaching, University of the Sunshine Coast (Advancing the Student Experience)
  • 2015 Philip Parsons prize, Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) (recognising outstanding work in the field of performance as research)

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus
Acting for Health with Children Project leader N Budd, with P Anderson and P Harrison Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning and Teaching (C-SALT) 2015 The development of processes for the training and employment of child actors as 'simulated patients' within nursing and midwifery higher education
The Yonder Project Natasha Budd and Adrianne Jones Australia Council for the Arts (A$462,000) 2009–2011 Design, delivery and evaluation of a state-wide participative arts program designed for those communities with least access to the arts. The project engaged young children and their communities in the development of large-scale performances. It
linked schools, students and their families to the cultural infrastructure of their communities
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