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Robert Lewis

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Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis

Lecturer - Theatre & Voice

Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 4426 (phone)

Robert.Lewis@utas.edu.au

General Responsibilities

  • Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator
  • Honours Coordinator (Theatre)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Fundamentals of Voice and Body
  • Voice, Speech and Movement
  • Classical Performance
  • Classical Production
  • Devised Performance
  • Accents, Dialects and Performance
  • Speaking Texts
  • Effective Speaking
  • Movement for Performers

Publications

Dr Robert Lewis - Researchers Report (WARP)

Robert's research interest in the interdisciplinary practices of voice and movement has led him to embark on an ultrasound project which aims to measure abdominal muscle activity when vocalising in order to continue to develop voice and movement training methods that consolidate the voice and body.

Selected research projects:

  • Gesture Machine (researcher, 2004 – 2006): The Gesture Machine was a cross-disciplinary group that explored the meaning, impulses and reasons behind gestures through various art forms.
  • Voice Theatre Lab (Artistic Director and researcher, 2006 – present): Voice Theatre Lab is a practice-based research group focusing on physio-vocal training and performance. Initial stages of research involved investigating vocal integration with Butoh and Suzuki.
  • Ultrasound Project (researcher, 2012 – present): An ongoing project that examines muscular activity in the abdominal region, using ultrasound, when engaged in various vocal and physical actions. Collaborators include Dr. Marie-Louise Bird (UTAS) and Emeritus Professor Joan Melton.
  • Per.Sona Collective (Artistic Director and researcher, 2013 – present): Per.Sona Collective is a new performance-making group that developed from the Voice Theatre Lab.
  • Integrative Studies in Voice and Movement (Editor and researcher, 2013 – present): An online forum and publication opportunity for collaborative research in the areas of voice and movement integration in performance.
  • Laban Movement Analysis and Voice (researcher, 2013 – present): A collaborative project with Lucy Angell (Melbourne based Laban Movement Analyst) on the integration of voice with Laban Movement Analysis.

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

Papers and Essays
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].

Lewis, R 2011, 'Homo Fuge', Where the Image Meets the Body Symposium, Monash University [Melbourne, Vic].

Lewis, R 2011, 'Voice in Crisis', ADSA 2011 Conference: Transcultural. Transnational, Transformation. Australasian Association for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies Annual Conference, [ADSA], Monash University [Melbourne, Vic].

Lewis, R, 'The Gesture Machine', International Journal of the Humanities, 4 (1) pp. 39-44. (2006) [Refereed Article].

Lewis, R 2005 'Drama For Refugees', Drama Australia National Conference, Launceston, Tas.

Lewis, R 2005, 'Strengthening the actor's voice: Unifying contradictory and complementary elements in voice for actors and core strength training', Esk Journal, 1 (December 2005) pp. Online. [Refereed Article]).

Lewis, R, 'Hybrid Theatre: an exhibition. Stories concerning the community using multidisciplinary art forms and technology', Rhapsody 21C: The Future of University Museums and Art Galleries in the New Century, 25 - 27 May, 2005, Academy of the Arts, Launceston, pp. disc. [Refereed Conference Paper].

Lewis, R2004, St. Nicholas; Saints, sinners and storytellers, program essay, 14 July – 17 July 2004, Annexe Theatre, Launceston, Tas.

Lewis, R 2004, The international symbol for the politically oppressed: Lorca and Blood Wedding, program essay, 4 August – 7 August, 2004,Annexe Theatre, Launceston, Tas.

Major 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.

Robert's PhD focused on the notion of Physical and Conceptual Crisis and its affect on the voice.

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Research Fields

  • Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
  • Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
  • Art Theory and Criticism (190199)
  • Physiology (060699)
  • Microbiology (060599)
  • Biomechanics (110601)

Research Impact

  • The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance) (950105)
  • The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) (950104)
  • Arts and Leisure (950199)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (960502)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)
  • Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) (920408)

Publications

Total publications

40

Highlighted publications

(2 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2005Conference PublicationLewis R, 'Hybrid Theatre: an exhibition. Stories concerning the community using multidisciplinary art forms and technology', Rhapsody 21C: The Future of University Museums and Art Galleries in the New Century, 25 - 27 May, 2005, Academy of the Arts, Launceston, pp. disc. ISBN 1 86295 246 9 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Other Creative WorkLewis R, 'Fatherland', Academy of the Arts, Launceston, pp. 15 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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Journal Article

(4 outputs)
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2014Lewis R, 'Self Discovery through Voice and Body', International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 4, (1) ISSN 2220-8488 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2013Lewis R, 'Dark voices in revolt', Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 4, (3) pp. 368-380. ISSN 1944-3927 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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2006Lewis R, 'The Gesture Machine', International Journal of the Humanities, 4, (1) pp. 39-44. ISSN 1447-9508 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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2005Lewis R, 'Strengthening the actor's voice: Unifying contradictory and complementary elements in voice for actors and core strength training', ESK, 1, (December 2005) pp. Online. ISSN 1833-3281 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Lewis R, 'The Active Centre: Integrative Training for the Voice and Body', Contemporary Arts Media, online (2014) [Authored Other Book]

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2007Lewis R, 'Generate 06', Inveresk Play Series, launceston, pp. 12. ISBN 1833-3362 (2007) [Edited Book]

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
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2015Lewis R, 'Space, Shape And The Physic-Vocal Instrument', International Federation of Theatre Research, 6 -10 July, Hyderbad (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2005Lewis R, 'Hybrid Theatre: an exhibition. Stories concerning the community using multidisciplinary art forms and technology', Rhapsody 21C: The Future of University Museums and Art Galleries in the New Century, 25 - 27 May, 2005, Academy of the Arts, Launceston, pp. disc. ISBN 1 86295 246 9 (2005) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(23 outputs)
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2015Lewis R, 'The Possum', Mudlark Theatre and Theatre North, Earl Arts Centre, 1 (2015) [Performance]

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2014Lewis R, 'Savages', Junction Arts Festival, Elizabeth St. Car Park, Launceston (2014) [Performance]

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2014Lewis R, 'r&j + j&r', Annexe Theatre, Launceston (2014) [Performance]

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2013Lewis R, 'The Third Space', Contemporary Arts Media, Launceston, Tasmania, 1, pp. DVD: 90 min, book: 45 pages (2013) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2013Lewis R, 'The Trojan Women', Annexe Theatre, Launceston (2013) [Performance]

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2013Lewis R, 'The Photo', CentrStage Theatre/UTAS, Annexe Theatre, Launceston (2013) [Performance]

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2012Lewis R, Lewis N, 'When the Rain Stops Falling', CentrStage Theatre and Launceston Players, Annexe Theatre, Launceston (2012) [Performance]

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2011Lewis R, 'Profuge', Annexe Theatre, Launceston (2011) [Performance]

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2009Lewis R, 'The Oedipus Project ', University of Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Annexe Theatre Studio, University of Tasmania, Launceston (2009) [Performance]

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2008Lewis R, 'Dust (Director)', Academy of the Arts, Annexe Theatre (2008) [Performance]

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2008Lewis R, 'Dr Faustus', University of Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Annexe Theatre Studio, University of Tasmania, Launceston & National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney (2008) [Performance]

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2008Lewis R, '5 ', University of Tasmania, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Annexe Theatre Studio, University of Tasmania, Launceston (2008) [Performance]

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2008Lewis R, 'Frozen', Academy of the Arts, Annexe Theatre (2008) [Performance]

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2008Lewis R, 'From Wings to the Wall', Academy of the Arts, Academy Gallery (2008) [Curated Exhibition]

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2007Hammond PR, Lewis R, 'Tamar Tidings', Tamar river (2007) [Performance]

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2007Lewis R, 'a dream play', The annexe theatre Inveresk (2007) [Performance]

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2007Lewis R, 'The death of light', The annexe theatre Inveresk (2007) [Performance]

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2007Lewis R, 'Dr Faustus', Annexe theatre (2007) [Performance]

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2007Lewis R, 'Voice and the core/White dark', The annexe theatre Inveresk (2007) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2007Lewis R, 'White Dark', The annexe theatre Inveresk (2007) [Performance]

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2007Lewis R, Hammond PR, 'Tamar Tidings', Tamar river (2007) [Performance]

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2006Lewis R, 'Erogenousicism ', The annexe theatre Inveresk (2006) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2006Lewis R, 'Cemetery - A Radio Play', Inveresk Play Series, Tasmania, Inveresk Play Series, pp. 12 (2006) [Performance]

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Other Creative Work

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2007Lewis R, 'The death of light', The annexe Inveresk, Launceston, pp. 1 (2007) [Catalogue]

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2005Lewis R, 'Fatherland', Academy of the Arts, Launceston, pp. 15 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Lewis R, 'Gesture Machine (Booth of Youth, A Hug Makes the World Go 'Round, Exerciser/Pizza Man)', Academy Gallery, Launceston, pp. 3 (2005) [Representation of Original Art]

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2005Lewis R, 'The Gesture: Non-verbal communication', Academy Gallery, Launceston, pp. 4 (2005) [Catalogue]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Lewis R, 'Sonorous Theatre - Dark Voices in Revolt: Uniting the core, proximity and the human voice in crisis' (2011) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Delbridge MJ, Lewis R, 'Theatre Talents in Town', The Examiner, Launceston, Jan 24 (2015) [Media Interview]

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2013Lewis R, 'Theatre Company Acts on its Brand', Examiner, Launceston, March 4 (2013) [Media Interview]

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2012Lewis R, 'University Students Tackle Shakespeare's ' 'Love Square'', The Examiner, The Examiner, Launceston, May 8, p. 1. (2012) [Newspaper Article]

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2012Lewis R, 'The Past is a Mystery in New CentrStage Play', UTAS Newsletter, University of Tasmania, Hobart, 1, 27 June (2012) [Internal Newsletter]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$7,452

Projects

The investigation of abdominal muscle activation in both trained and inexperienced actors during vocalisation (2015)$6,982
Description
Stage actors are trained to maximise their full breath in order to aid projection, resonance and overall breath capacity. It isalso practiced to recover the breath quickly but the impact on effort on the full abdominal muscles have not been fully investigated, as all theresearch conducted up to this day have focused on the physical sensation of the performer and external observations as opposed to examiningthe internal abdominal mechanism.The abdominal muscles are required to stabilise the spine as well as to control breath. They are also required to provide movement that are allkey aspects of physical and vocal expression for the actor. More in-depth knowledge on how these muscles work would benefit performertraining, performer health and ultimately, better performance.An investigation whereby the internal, core mechanisms of the performer (i.e., abdominal muscle activation} is needed to advance performerhealth and performance quality.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,982)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lewis R; Bird ML
Year
2015
Australian Association of Drama and Performance Studies Conference 28 June to 2 July 2011- Australia (May 2011) (2011)$470
Funding
University of Tasmania ($470)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lewis R
Year
2011
Investigation of physical and biological processes in the Antarctic sea ice zone spring using in-situ, aircraft and underwater observations (2010)$0
Funding
Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts ($0)
Scheme
Grant-Australian Antarctic Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Worby AP; Bose N; Lewis R; Lieser JL; Alexander P; King P
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Current

1

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
MastersThe Bastard Performer: Style and technique mixing in the new global landscape of theatre and performance art2014

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersAn Impulsive Gesture. Exploring Gesture as Embodied Imagination in Character Development
Candidate: Nicole Sylvia Jobson
2009