Theatre, Performance and Music
The Theatre, Performance & Music Graduate Research Program at Monash offers one of the most comprehensive graduate research programs in the fields of theatre, performance and music in Australia. Other than the conventional thesis-only PhD, the Program houses three practice-based doctoral programs: PhD (Theatre Performance); PhD (Music Composition); PhD (Music Performance). All of the graduate research courses in the TPM Program are designed to inspire scholarship that knows no borders and provides students with the opportunities to engage with the industry and community. They offer a progressive, holistic and culturally diverse program excelling in classical, jazz and popular music performance, composition, gender and performance, performance theory and practice, autoethnography as well as an internationally renowned reputation for research in ethnomusicology and musicology.
Program disciplines and supervisors
Theatre and Performance
Maryrose Casey Indigenous and First Nations performance; Australian theatre history; social and political performance
Stuart Grant Performance philosophy / phenomenology; site-specific performance (butoh / bodyweather); musical theatre
Fiona Gregory Theatre historiography; gender and sexuality in performance; celebrity and identity; Shakespeare studies
Jane Montgomery Griffiths Ancient Greek and Roman drama; feminist theatre; new writing (including playwriting); acting; directing
Stacy Holman-Jones Performance and live art; performativity and performative writing; feminist and Queer theory; new materialisms; ethnography and autoethnography; narrative performance; performance poetry
Felix Nobis Playwriting and script development; traditional and contemporary storytelling; performance practices
Robert Burke Practice-based artistic research; improvisation; jazz; saxophone
Kenji Fujimura Classical performance; piano; music education; music and health
Elizabeth Sellars 18th and 19th century classical violin performance; interpretation of Australian, English, Italian, Romanian and French violin music
Paul Williamson Jazz studies; improvisation; flow; trumpet
Cat Hope Digital music notation; electronic music; Australian music
Thomas Reiner Music composition; music semiotics; music and psychoanalysis
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
John Griffiths Medieval and renaissance music; historical performance practice; Spanish music
Margaret Kartomi Ethnomusicology; Music/dance/theatre of Southeast Asia; organology (study of musical instruments) and culture contact
Jonathan McIntosh Identity, movement and music in ethnomusicology and anthropology
Adrian McNeil Interdisciplinary ethnomusicology
Paul Watt 19th century music; biography and life-writing; street music / busking / noise.
Research programs and centres
Opportunities and support
Throughout your PhD, we actively support you in contributing to and participating in relevant conferences and a range of professional activities.
You will be trained in critical and analytical thinking, and supported to develop innovative research designs and methodologies, while also undertaking relevant coursework.
Program Director and Milestone Panel Chair for Music
Milestone Panel Chair for Theatre Performance
Graduate Research Administrator