BPA (UTAS), BA Hons (Monash), Grad Dip Dramatic Art (Voice Studies) (NIDA), Grad Dip Ed (Secondary) (RMIT), PhD (UTAS)
Dr. Robert Lewis is a Lecturer in Acting for Stage and Screen at the School of Communication and Creative Industries. Lewis previously lectured in the Theatre Program at the Theatre at the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania (UTAS). His PhD, which he completed in 2011 through UTAS, focused on intercultural performance training aesthetics. He is a director, theatre maker and voice and movement teacher who trained with Cicely Berry, Frankie Armstrong, Rowena Balos, Mike Alfreds as well as Butoh with Yoshito Ohno in Japan.
Robert has published theatre performances and training films through Contemporary Arts Media (Artfilms) and has also published various academic articles on the subject of voice and movement integration. He is the director of the Voice Theatre Lab and its associated company, Persona Collective, a performance group focusing on integrative practice and research.
Robert teaches first year voice and movement as well as a range of acting subjects for 2nd and 3rd year acting students enrolled in the Bachelor of Stage and Screen (Acting) degree. Robert also directs various student shows including the production that is a requirement for the 2nd year subject, The Actor and Process, which generally focuses on classical theatre. Robert also coordinates the Acting component of the Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries subject. The Acting students enrolled in this subject direct and act in their own student directed projects, which are staged as part of the SASS (Stage and Screen Showcase) Festival. Subjects include:
Robert's research interests and projects include:
Persona Collective is an ensemble of artists who explore intercultural, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and integrative practices in order to create new ways if working. The company situates itself in the realms of performance, media and visual arts to create new and reimagined classical, new, or established theatrical works. Persona's ongoing investigation is to explore the synthesis of performance, technology, immediacy and space. Persona are committed to:
The primary aim of this study is to determine differences between trained and untrained performers in abdominal muscle recruitment as determined by Real Time Ultra Sound (RTUS) during different vocalisation tasks. The secondary aim is to determine the impact of a short duration workshop on performance of abdominal muscles during vocalisation in an untrained performer.
Robert is a member of the International Federation of Theatre Research (Theatre and Architecture Working Group), the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.