Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Robert Lewis

 Robert Lewis

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.

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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:

  • Fundamentals of Voice and Movement
  • The Actor and Process
  • The Actor and Performance
  • Creative External Production
  • Studio and Location Practice
  • Industry and Internship Experience
  • Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries

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Robert's research interests and projects include:

Persona Collective

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:

  • exploring an eclectic range of actor training methods, with a strong emphasis on design, technology and   performance making;
  • creating new works using improvisation as key performance-making tools;
  • adapting and reimagining established works through the process of performance making and technology;
  • developing an ensemble of performers: dancers, singers, actors, theatre makers to work in a collaborative environment;
  • research through laboratory style training and workshop sessions;
  • performing works in theatrical and non-theatrical spaces.

Deep Muscles, Deeper Understanding

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.

Other

  • Intercultural performance training practices
  • Integrative practices (voice and movement integration)
  • Site specific and immersive theatre training and performance
  • Laban Movement System and voice integration
  • Suzuki Actor Training Method

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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.

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Journal Articles/Essays

  • Lewis, R 2017, 'Homo Fuge: Developing the physio-vocal methods of Voice Theatre Lab's early productions (2007 – 2011)', International Journal of Practice Based Humanities, vol. 1. no. 1, pp. 1 - 17.
  • Lewis, R 2017, 'Space, Shape and the Physio-Vocal Instrument', Interdisciplinary Voice Studies Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 57 - 66.
  • Lewis, R 2016, ''Two Houses' Both Alike in Dignity: Reimaging the classics through site-specific performance'. [blog] PAUST (Performance Architecture Urbanism Space Theatre) Blog. Available at: https://paustgroup.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/two-houses-both-alike-in-dignity-reimagining-the-classics-through-site-specific-performance/.
  • Lewis, R 2015, ''Crisis' revisited: Re-entering Dark Voices in Revolt'. [blog] Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Blog. Available at: http://theatredanceperformancetraining.org/2015/11/crisis-revisited-re-entering-dark-voices-in-revolt/#more-429.
  • Lewis, R 2014, 'Self Discovery Through Voice and Body', International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 4, no. 1 [Refereed Article].
  • Lewis, R 2013, 'Dark Voices in Revolt', Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal, vol. 4, issue 3 [Refereed Article].

Recent Conferences

  • Lewis, R 2015, 'Space, Shape and the Physio-Vocal Instrument', International Federation of Theatre Research Conference, University of Hyderabad, India.

Recorded Works

  • The Third Space, 2013, DVD. Distributed by Contemporary Arts Media, Melbourne. Directed by Robert Lewis.
  • Iam Nocte, 2010, DVD. Distributed by Contemporary Arts Media, Melbourne. Directed by Robert Lewis.
  • Dr Faustus / 5, 2008, DVD. Distributed by Contemporary Arts Media. Directed by Robert Lewis.
  • Voice and the Core/White Dark, 2007, DVD. Distributed by Contemporary Arts Media. Directed by Robert Lewis.

Books

  • Lewis, R 2014, The Active Centre, Contemporary Arts Media, Melbourne [e-book].
  • Lewis, R, Generate 06, Inveresk Play Series, Launceston. ISBN 1833-3362 (2007) [Edited Book].

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