Dr Hannah Banks

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Dr Hannah Banks


Lecturer, Theatre and Performance

PhD Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, BA (Hons) Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, BA Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington

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Dr Hannah Banks


Hannah is a theatre practitioner and academic originally from Aotearoa New Zealand. She has been teaching in tertiary education since 2011 and has worked as an actor, director, writer, producer, and production manager. She is one of the co-founders and creative directors of the award-winning theatre company My Accomplice, who have made over 20 productions together since forming in 2009. She has performed and toured all around Aotearoa New Zealand, including performances in the New Zealand Fringe Festival, Dunedin Fringe Festival, and New Zealand Comedy Festival. She completed her PhD in Theatre in 2018 at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. This ground-breaking research explored women in devised theatre in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Victor Emeljanow Bursary – to assist an Early Career Researcher to attend and present at the ADSA conference, 2019
  • PGSA Victorias Award for Post-Graduate Teaching, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, 2017
  • The Champion Accolade for Outstanding Performance, Chapan Tripps Theatre Awards, 2014
  • Victoria Graduate Award, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, 2010

Key recent research publications

  • Banks, Hannah. “A Stage of Our Own: Women Devising in New Zealand.” Why Devise?
    Edited by Heather Fitzsimmons-Frey, Nicola Hyland, and James McKinnon. Commissioned Book Chapter. Deadline: 30th July 2019, 4500 words, editing.
  • Banks, Hannah. “The Politics of Process: Revolution.” Performance Paradigm, “Performing Southern Feminisms.” Edited by Emma Willis and Caroline Wake. Currently
    under peer review. Article submitted in June 2019.
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