Photograph of Dr Andrew Filmer.Dr Andrew Filmer

Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance
BA Hons Class 1 (Sydney); PhD (Sydney); PGCTHE (Wales); FHEA


Office: S07 Parry-Williams Building
Phone: 01970 628487
Fax: 01970 622831


Curriculum Leader for Drama, Theatre and Performance

Teaching Areas

Module Co-ordination:

  • TP10120 Studying Theatre 1
  • TP30120 Analyzing Performance
  • TP21120 Improvisation
  • TP33420 Performance And Architecture 

Contributor to: 

  • TP10220 Studying Theatre 2
  • TP10520 Performance Workshop
  • TP10640 Production Project
  • TP36040 Dissertation
  • TPM0130 Theoretical Practices
  • TPM0430 Research Practices
  • TPM0660 Research Project


My research interests focus broadly on issues of place, space, location and spectatorship in contemporary theatre and performance, especially the dramaturgical logics and spectatorial practices inherent in site-specific performance and the multiple sites of encounter between between performance and architecture. Previously my research has focussed on theatre architecture, examining performers’ experiences of the backstage spaces of theatre buildings. Currently I am developing a research project exploring the performance of running.


I joined the department in February 2008 having previously studied for my PhD in the Department of Performance Studies at the University of Sydney.

Additional Interests

Co-convenor of the Fédération Internationale pour la Recherche de Théâtre / International Federation of Theatre Research (FIRT / IFTR) Theatre Architecture Working Group (2012 to the present). For further information on the working group please visit:




Filmer, A. 2013. Disrupting the 'Silent Complicity' of Parliamentary Architecture. Performance Research 18 (3) pp. 19-26. 10.1080/13528165.2013.818309 Other



Filmer, A. 2012. Re-imagining Suburbia with My Darling Patricia. Australasian Drama Studies 61 pp. 30-47.


Filmer, A. 2012. Purposeful assemblage: Practicing location in National Theatre Wales. Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 30/03/2012 - 01/04/2012.

Special issue

Filmer, A., Heckenberg, M., Tompkins, J. 2012. Design, Space and Performance in Australia and New Zealand. Australasian Drama Studies 61 Other



Filmer, A., Rossmanith, K. 2011. Space and Actor Formation. Theatre Research International 36 (3) pp. 228-239. 10.1017/S0307883311000460


Filmer, A. 2011. Articulating the theatricality of architecture: The Persians at FIBUA. International Federation Theatre Research Architecture Working Group Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic, 01/01/2011.



Filmer, A. 2010. Making Space for Performance. Studies in Theatre and Performance 30 (3) pp. 275-287. 10.1386/stap.30.3.275_1


Filmer, A. 2010. Place, History, Authenticity. Regional Spaces, National Stages: Performance beyond London 1945-2010 Symposium, Reading, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 17/09/2010.

Filmer, A. 2010. Place, History, Authenticity. Theatre and Performance Research Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 01/01/2010.



Filmer, A. 2009. Architecture, Audience and Desire. International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 01/01/2009.

Filmer, A. 2009. Duplicitous Sites: Misperforming Parliament. 15th Performance Studies International Conference, Zagreb, Croatia, 24/06/2009 - 28/06/2009.

Filmer, A. 2009. Terrains of Power: Performing Parliamentary Architecture. Living Landscapes – An international conference on performance, landscape and environment, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 18/06/2009 - 21/06/2009.



Filmer, A.R. 2008. Minding the Gap: The Performer in the Wings. New Theatre Quarterly 24 (2) pp. 158-169. 10.1017/s0266464x08000134

Filmer, A.R. 2008. The place of theatre practice: training and aesthetic tradition at Belvoir Street. Australasian Drama Studies 53 pp. 111-127.



Filmer, A. 2007. Gay McAuley: A leading figure in Australian Performance Studies. SemiotiX Other

Book/Film/Article review

Filmer, A. 2007. Review of ‘Ethno-techno: Writing on Performance, Activism, and Pedagogy’ by Guillermo Gómez-Peña. Australasian Drama Studies 50


Filmer, A. 2007. ‘Implacing’ Theatre Practice: A Theoretical Framework. International Federation for Theatre Research Theatre Architecture Working Group symposium, Prague, Czech Republic, 01/01/2007.



Filmer, A. 2006. A Topography of Sydney Practitioner Space. 2006 Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies conference, Sydney, Australia, 04/07/2006 - 07/07/2006.

Filmer, A. 2006. Sydney Style: The Performative Implications of ‘Found’ Theatre Space’. 1st International Symposium on Environment, Behaviour and Society, Sydney, Australia, 09/02/2006 - 11/02/2006.



Filmer, A. 2005. Within and Without: Containing the Heart of PQ. 2005 Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies conference, Wagga Wagga, Australia, 04/07/2005 - 07/07/2005.



Filmer, A. 2004. Somewhere Between the Dressing Room and The Stage: Wrestling with the Wings. 2004 Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 30/06/2004 - 03/07/2004.



Filmer, A. 2003. The Sydney Opera House: Design, History and Theatrical Inhabitation. International Federation for Theatre Research Scenography Working Group conference, Prague, Czech Republic, 01/01/2003.