DR Siobhan Murphy

DR Siobhan Murphy


  • Dance, Performance, Practice-led Research, Memory



  • Siobhan Murphy is a dance artist and academic based in Melbourne. Her dance career began with the Deutsche Oper Ballet in Berlin in 1992, performing classical and contemporary repertoire. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Spanish at the University of New South Wales in 2000 while beginning her independent choreographic practice. In 2009 she completed a practice-led PhD in Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Her live performance works are small-scale, intimate events, often taking place in unusual venues. More recently her practice has focused on dance screen works for single channel and gallery installation outcomes. Siobhan has received grants from philanthropic, state and federal arts bodies. At Melbourne University, Siobhan teaches in the Masters in Choreography program in the Faculty of the VCA and MCM, and undergraduate dance history. Siobhan's coursework subjects include body/time/space as experienced in choreographic and stage design practice, and the use of writing as a complimentary and illuminating modality for research in performance. She supervises practice-led theses in performance at an Honours, Masters and PhD level. She has published three book chapters on the nature of writing in practice-led research in performance.   


Selected publications

  • 2014

    • Research Book Chapters

  • 2012

    • Book Chapters



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • Grad Dip, University of Melbourne 2003
  • BA, University of New South Wales 2000


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Siobhan Murphy's primary supervision expertise is in practice-led research in dance. Her own research ranges across dance, memory and portraiture. Current and past Masters and PhD supervision projects range across dance improvisation, philosophy and dance, kinaesthesia and intercultural dance practices. She also supervises candidates in other performing arts disciplines and in visual art.