Dr Fiona Graham has been a theatre maker for more than thirty years working as an actor, director, writer, producer and dramaturge. This body of practice informs her role as Programme Director for the MA Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance and she also teaches BA Theatre Making Level 3. Her practice research is documented in Performing Dramaturgy (Playmarket, 2017) and a collection of plays Triptych: Three Plays Inspired by the Art of Paula Rego (Aurora, 2019).
Fiona's 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 Sightings (which was written for Auckland’s Massive Theatre Company in 2018).
Most recently Fiona 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, and with Carol Brown on 1000 Lovers and PAH(site-specific performances).
- PhD Theatre, University of Auckland
- MA Theatre, Goldsmiths, University of London
- BA Hons, English and Education, University of Oxford Brooks
Fiona has previously been employed as a theatre lecturer at Auckland University and De Montfort University leading courses in dramaturgy, writing and devising. This teaching weaves theory with practice to prepare theatre makers for an expanded practice.
Feminist performance, dramaturgy, performance development, new writing, site-specific performance, verbatim theatre and community theatre.
Areas of supervision
Fiona's supervision interests and expertise include dramaturgy, the role of the dramaturge in performance development, new writing, devising, verbatim theatre, site specific practice, New Zealand theatre and feminist methodologies.
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.
Graham, Fiona and Brown, Carol. 2017. 'The Pā Collective: Developing Dramaturgical Intersections, Collaborations and Performing Layers of Place Post-Empire'. Contemporary Theatre Review, 27(2), pp. 263-274. ISSN 1048-6801
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
Graham, Fiona. 2019. Triptych: Three Plays for Young People Inspired by the Art of Paula Rego. London: Aurora. ISBN 978-1-921430-23-9
Graham, Fiona. 2017. The Nomadic Dramaturge: Negotiating Subjectivity, Multicultural Translation, and Dramaturgical Composition. In: Emer O'Toole; Andrea Pelegrí Kristić and Stuart Young, eds. Ethical Exchanges in Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy. Leiden; Boston: Rodopi. ISBN 9789004346338