Lecturer - Theatre & Voice
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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:
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.
Robert is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) (Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art – Voice Studies), University of Tasmania (BPA, PhD), Monash University (BA, Honours) and RMIT (Graduate Diploma of Education). Robert has published theatrical performances and training films through Contemporary Arts Media (Artfilms) and has published on the subject of voice and movement.
Robert is the director of the Voice Theatre Lab and its associated company, Per.Sona Collective, a performance group focusing on physio-vocal practice and research. Some of the productions include 'Dr Faustus', '5', 'Iam Nocte' (published on DVD, distributed through Artfilms), 'Tetractys', 'Alchemy', 'The Oedipus Project' and the training DVD 'The Third Space' which also features a comprehensive booklet of practical exercises.
He has worked at the National Theatre Drama School, St Martins Youth Theatre and the Victorian College of the Arts short courses and summer schools. He has directed and performed in many productions and voice coached for theatre, film and TV.
Authorised by the Head of School, Tasmanian College of the Arts
1 May, 2015