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Dr Hannah Banks

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

  • Lecturer, Creative Industries
  • School of Business and Creative Industries
+6 17 5459 4768
Office location
Sunshine Coast
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.

Hannah 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 Richard Campion Accolade for Outstanding Performance, Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, 2014
  • Victoria Graduate Award, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, 2010

Potential Research Projects for HDR and Honours Students

  • Theatre and performance
  • Feminist performance
  • Alternative creative practices

Research areas

  • Aotearoa New Zealand Theatre Studies
  • Feminist Devising Methodologies
  • Practice as Research

Teaching areas

  • Creative Industries
  • Theatre and Performance

Hannah's specialist areas of knowledge include Theatre and Performance, Devised/Collaborative Theatre, Acting, Directing, Feminist Theatre, Aotearoa New Zealand Theatre Studies.

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