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


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.


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


Book Chapters

Filmer, Andrew, ‘The Sydney Opera House: Design, History and Theatrical Haunting’ in Irene Eynat-Confino and Eva Sormova (eds) Patronage, Spectacle and the Stage (Prague: Prague Theatre Institute, 2006), 132-41.

Filmer, Andrew 'Coriolan/us and the limits of ‘immersive’’ in James Frieze (ed) Framing Immersive Theatre and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

Edited Journals

Focus Issue (co-edited with Miranda Heckenberg and Joanne Tompkins) of Australasian Drama Studies 62 October 2012, entitled 'Beyond the Fourth Wall: Design, Space and Performance.' 

Journal Articles

Filmer, Andrew, 'Disrupting the ‘Silent Complicity’ of Parliamentary Architecture’, Performance Research 18: 3, 2013, 19-26.

Filmer, Andrew, ‘Re-imagining Suburbia with My Darling Patricia’, Australasian Drama Studies 62 October 2012, 30-47.

Filmer, Andrew & Kate Rossmanith, 'Space and Actor Formation', Theatre Research International 36: 3, 2011, 228-239.

Filmer, Andrew, ‘Making Space for Performance’, Studies in Theatre and Performance 30: 3, 2010, 275-287.

Hadley, Bree, Jelena Rajak, Andrew Filmer, Rebecca Caines, and Alan Read, ‘The ‘Dirty Work’ of the Lie’, Performance Research 15: 2, 2010, 123-129.

Filmer, Andrew, ‘The place of theatre practice: training and aesthetic tradition at Belvoir Street’, Australasian Drama Studies 53 October 2008, 111-127.

Filmer, Andrew, ‘Minding the Gap: The Performer in the Wings’, New Theatre Quarterly 24: 2, May 2008, 158-69.


Filmer, Andrew, ‘New Theatre Writing: Where Does The Money Go? A Statistical Review’, Sydney: PlayWriting Australia, 2007.

Online (non peer-reviewed)

Filmer, Andrew, ‘Gay McAuley: A Leading Figure in Australian Performance Studies’, Semiotix 8, April 2007.

Book reviews

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, ‘Ethno-techno: Writing on Performance, Activism, and Pedagogy’ (New York: Routledge, 2005), in Australasian Drama Studies 50, April 2007.

Conference Presentations

‘Purposeful assemblage’: Practicing location in National Theatre Wales’ The Persians. Association for Welsh Writing in English Annual Conference, Gregynog, Wales, 2012

‘Articulating the theatricality of architecture: The Persians at FIBUA.’ International Federation for Theatre Research Theatre Architecture Working Group Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic, 2011.

‘Place, History, Authenticity’ Regional Spaces, National Stages: Performance beyond London 1945-2010 Symposium, University of Reading, United Kingdom, 2010.

‘Place, History, Authenticity’ Theatre and Performance Research Association Annual Conference Cardiff, Wales, 2010.

‘Architecture, Audience and Desire’ International Federation for Theatre Research Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 2009.

‘Duplicitous Sites: Misperforming Parliament’ Performance Studies International Conference 15, Zagreb, Croatia, 2009.

‘Terrains of Power: Performing Parliamentary Architecture’ Living Landscapes Conference, Aberystwyth, Wales, 2009.

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

‘A Topography of Sydney Practitioner Space’ Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies conference, Sydney, Australia, 2006.

‘Sydney Style: The Performative Implications of ‘Found’ Theatre Space’ 1st International Symposium on Environment, Behaviour and Society, Sydney, Australia, 2006

‘Within and Without: Containing the Heart of PQ’ Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies conference, Wagga Wagga, Australia, 2005.

‘Somewhere Between the Dressing Room and The Stage: Wrestling with the Wings’ Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 2004.

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

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: