Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Dominique Sweeney

Dr Dominique Sweeney

Dominique is a lecturer in acting at CSU.

He taught and directed at Sydney Theatre School and worked as an Environmental Education Ranger in Centennial Park, Sydney.

In 2012 Dominique devised and applied a drama program for autistic and multiple disability students at Wairoa school in Bondi.
Dominique trained and works as a performer. His education included two years in Paris at L'ecole de Theatré, Jacques Lecoq. His performance work has seen him on stages, screen and other locations throughout Australia.

Dominique is a core member and chair of the board of Theatre Kantanka, a company that specialize in site specific performance (www.kantanka.com.au). He also works with Fine Line, a Lecoq based ensemble.

Dominique has a B.Ed in drama/dance/philosophy from Deakin University (Rusden) and in 2001 received 1st class honours for his thesis entitled "'Beyond the confines of the body...' Are Waranggi masks or are masks part of what Waranggi are?"

Working, directing, devising and performing with masks led to his Ph.D. thesis and film at ANU entitled "masked corroborees of the northwest".

The thesis is grounded in northwest Australia looking at a range of corroborees that incorporate the use of masks. It concerns performance objects that connect bodies to country, cultural knowledge and ancestors. Masks also reaffirm the political status of people in their country.

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 Dominique has been involved in numerous Film, Television and Theatre Performances and has produced, written and directed a number of works. Further details of these can be found in Dominique's CV.

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