Dr Andrew Filmer

BA Hons Class 1 (Sydney); PhD (Sydney); PGCTHE (Cymru); FHEA

Dr Andrew Filmer

Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

Contact Details


I joined the department in February 2008 having previously taught at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney. I gained my PhD from the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney in 2006.

Additional Information

Co-convenor of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Theatre Architecture Working Group (from 2012 to the present). With Dr Juliet Rufford I have organised the Working Group meetings at the Barcelona (2013), Warwick (2014) and Hyderabad (2015), Stockholm (2016) and São Paulo IFTR conferences. In addition we curated the Shared Practice and Shared Pedagogies events at The 2015 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Further information on the working group is available on our blog site.

Member of the International Federation for Theatre Research.

Member of the Running Cultures Research Network.



My current research interests focus on two distinct projects: one exploring the multiple sites of encounter between theatre, performance and architecture and the other examining artistic engagements with contemporary running cultures. The first explores the relationships that exist between theatre, performance and architecture within an 'expanded field' of spatial and artistic practice, focussing on contemporary theatre projects and interdisciplinary practices and pedagogies. In the second I am interested in how contemporary artists are using running as a mode of aesthetic enquiry and expression to explore ideas of subjectivity, agency, collectivity and mobility, on how running functions as contemporary performance and social action, and what theatre and performance studies might gain by engaging with the aesthetics of sporting activity.

More broadly my research interests include issues of space, place, location and spectatorship in contemporary theatre and performance, especially the dramaturgical logics and spectatorial practices inherent in site-specific and located performance. Previously my research has focussed on theatre architecture, examining performers' experiences and practices in the backstage spaces of theatre buildings.

Research Supervision

  • Kieran Holland, 'Running and Performance: An embodied and performative examination of recreational distance running', PhD: in progress
  • Wei-Juei Hsieh, 'Bajiajiang as Religious Theatre: Belief, People and Transformation of a Ritual Practice', MPhil: successfully completed 2017
  • Dr Mike Brookes, 'On a clear day you can see for ever …: Mediation as form and dramaturgy in located performance' PhD by published works: successfully completed 2015
  • Polly Walker-Penn, 'Seeing Red: Re-imagining

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 15.00-17.00


Watching, waiting, listening: Audio Obscura and the perceptual ecology of non-placeFilmer, A. 2017 In : About Performance.14/15, p. 19-4021 p.
Coriolan/us and the Limits of 'Immersive'Filmer, A. 2017 Reframing Immersive Theatre: The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory. Frieze, J. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 289 -30214 p.
Dramaturgy and Architecture: Theatre, Utopia, and the Built EnvironmentFilmer, A. 2016 In : Studies in Theatre and Performance.36, 2, p. 196-1983 p.
Mindful Bodies: Theory and Practice in Undergraduate Theatre StudiesFilmer, A. & Ames, M. 2015
Framing Encounters: Users, Occupants, Spectators, ParticipantsFilmer, A. 2015
Architecting the Theatre MachineFilmer, A. 2015
Motion CaptureFilmer, A. 2015 Like the wind, p. 79-80
Performing Site-Specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice, edited by Anna Birch and Joanne Tompkins (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)Filmer, A. 2015 Performance Paradigm, 11
On the Move: Action, Location, RelationFilmer, A. 2014
Audio Obscura: Experiencing the Architecture of Audio PerformanceFilmer, A. 2014
Disrupting the 'Silent Complicity' of Parliamentary ArchitectureFilmer, A. 2013 In : Performance Research.18, 3, p. 19-268 p.
Materiality and Reverberation: Sensory immersion in Coriolan/us.Filmer, A. 2013
On the Move: The Performance of RunningFilmer, A. 2013
Design, Space and Performance in Australia and New ZealandFilmer, A. (ed.), Heckenberg, M. (ed.) & Tompkins, J. (ed.) 2012 In : Australasian Drama Studies.61
Re-imagining Suburbia with My Darling PatriciaFilmer, A. 2012 In : Australasian Drama Studies.61, p. 30-4718 p.
Purposeful assemblage: Practicing location in National Theatre WalesFilmer, A. 2012
Watching, Waiting, Listening: A Perceptual Ecology of Non-placeFilmer, A. 2012
Space and Actor FormationFilmer, A. & Rossmanith, K. 2011 In : Theatre Research International.36, 3, p. 228-23912 p.
Articulating the theatricality of architecture: The Persians at FIBUAFilmer, A. 2011
Making Space for PerformanceFilmer, A. 2010 In : Studies in Theatre and Performance.30, 3, p. 275-28713 p.
Place, History, AuthenticityFilmer, A. 2010
The 'dirty work' of the LieHadley, B., Rajak, J., Filmer, A., Caines, R. & Read, A. 2010 In : Performance Research.15, 2, p. 123-1297 p.
Place, History, AuthenticityFilmer, A. 2010
Duplicitous Sites: Misperforming ParliamentFilmer, A. 2009
Terrains of Power: Performing Parliamentary ArchitectureFilmer, A. 2009
Architecture, Audience and DesireFilmer, A. 2009
The place of theatre practice: training and aesthetic tradition at Belvoir StreetFilmer, A. R. 2008 In : Australasian Drama Studies.53, p. 111-12717 p.
Minding the Gap: The Performer in the WingsFilmer, A. R. 2008 In : New Theatre Quarterly.24, 2, p. 158-16912 p.
New Theatre Writing: Where Does The Money Go? A Statistical ReviewFilmer, A. 2007 Playwriting Australia.
Review of ‘Ethno-techno: Writing on Performance, Activism, and Pedagogy’ by Guillermo Gómez-PeñaFilmer, A. 2007 In : Australasian Drama Studies.50
Gay McAuley: A leading figure in Australian Performance StudiesFilmer, A. 2007 SemiotiX, 8
‘Implacing’ Theatre Practice: A Theoretical FrameworkFilmer, A. 2007
Sydney Style: The Performative Implications of ‘Found’ Theatre Space’Filmer, A. 2006
A Topography of Sydney Practitioner SpaceFilmer, A. 2006
The Sydney Opera House: Design, History and Theatrical HauntingFilmer, A. 2006 Patronage, Spectacle and the Stage. Eynat-Confino, I. & Sormova, E. (eds.). Prague: Art and Theatre Institute, p. 132-1419 p.
Within and Without: Containing the Heart of PQFilmer, A. 2005
Somewhere Between the Dressing Room and The Stage: Wrestling with the WingsFilmer, A. 2004
The Sydney Opera House: Design, History and Theatrical InhabitationFilmer, A. 2003