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Dr Fiona Graham

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Email f.graham (@gold.ac.uk)
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Dr Fiona Graham

Dr Fiona Graham is Convenor for the MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy at Goldsmiths College.  She also teaches the Text and Performance option for Theatre Making Level 3. Fiona worked for twenty years in British theatre as an actor, director and writer before moving to Auckland for eleven years in 2004. She was then employed as a freelance dramaturge and performance writer while teaching at Auckland University. Her theatre commissions include Passage (The Herald Theatre, Auckland 2010), Breaking China (which toured Britain with Theatre Centre in 2002 and played Singapore’s International Festival in 2004) and Legacy (which was written for Auckland’s Massive Theatre Company in 1998). Most recently she has worked as dramaturge with Otago University and Talking House Theatre Company on Be/Longing and Hush (verbatim theatre), with Red Leap Theatre Company on Paper Sky and Sea (physical theatre),with playwright Mei-Lin Hansen on The Mooncake And The Kumara, with Winning Productions on I Wanna Be --- Ponsonby (ambulatory performance) and Carol Brown on 1000 Lovers and the Pah Collective (site specific performances). 

Presentations and exhibitions

Fiona returned to Auckland in March 2015 to work on two shows for Auckland Festival;

For two years she worked with the writer Mei-Lin Hansen to develop THE MOONCAKE AND THE KUMARA. The play explores first relationships between the Maori and Chinese communities in New Zealand. 

PAH is a multimedia site specific collaboration between the choreographer Carol Brown, the composer Gillian Whitehead and the painter Star Gossage. As dramaturge Fiona facilitated their collaborative performance vision and the dramaturgy of the work.

Featured works

Article

The PA Collective: Developing Dramaturgical Intersections, Collaborations and Performing Layers of Place Post-Empire
Graham, Fiona & Brown, Carol 2016. The PA Collective: Developing Dramaturgical Intersections, Collaborations and Performing Layers of Place Post-Empire. Contemporary Theatre Review, ISSN 1048-6801

Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand Community Theatre Project
Graham, Fiona. 2009. Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand community theatre project. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2(2), pp. 209-216. ISSN 1753-5190

Book

Catalyst For Change: The Interventions of the Dramaturge
Graham, Fiona. 2017. Catalyst For Change: The Interventions of the Dramaturge. New Zealand: Playmarket.

Book section

The Nomadic Dramaturge: Negotiating subjectivity, cultural translation and dramaturgical composition
Graham, Fiona. 2016. The Nomadic Dramaturge: Negotiating subjectivity, cultural translation and dramaturgical composition. In: , ed. Translation, Adaption and Dramaturgy: Ethics in Dialogue, Ethics in Action. Rodolpi.

Research Interests

Dr Fiona Graham's PhD examined the methodologies of the dramaturge in performance development and she is currently developing this research for a book to be published by Playmarket in 2017: Catalyst For Change: The Interventions of the Dramaturge.

Publications

Performance

PAH by the Pa Collective, Multimedia Performance, Auckland Festival 2015 The Mooncake and the Kumara by Meilin Hansen, Auckland Festival 2015 HUSH and BE\LONGING verbatim performances by Talking House Theatre Company, National Tours of New Zealand 2015
Fiona, Graham. 2015. PAH by the Pa Collective, Multimedia Performance, Auckland Festival 2015 The Mooncake and the Kumara by Meilin Hansen, Auckland Festival 2015 HUSH and BE\LONGING verbatim performances by Talking House Theatre Company, National Tours of New Zealand 2015. In: "PAH / THE MOONCAKE AND THE KUMERA/ HUSH and BE/LONGING", Fiona Graham, New Zealand, Throughout New Zealand.

Article

The PA Collective: Developing Dramaturgical Intersections, Collaborations and Performing Layers of Place Post-Empire
Graham, Fiona and Brown, Carol. 2016. The PA Collective: Developing Dramaturgical Intersections, Collaborations and Performing Layers of Place Post-Empire. Contemporary Theatre Review, ISSN 1048-6801

Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand community theatre project
Graham, Fiona. 2009. Dramaturge as Midwife: The Writing Process within a New Zealand community theatre project. Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 2(2), pp. 209-216. ISSN 1753-5190

Book

Catalyst For Change: The Interventions of the Dramaturge
Graham, Fiona. 2017. Catalyst For Change: The Interventions of the Dramaturge. New Zealand: Playmarket.

Book Section

The Nomadic Dramaturge: Negotiating subjectivity, cultural translation and dramaturgical composition
Graham, Fiona. 2016. The Nomadic Dramaturge: Negotiating subjectivity, cultural translation and dramaturgical composition. In: , ed. Translation, Adaption and Dramaturgy: Ethics in Dialogue, Ethics in Action. Rodolpi.