DR Eddie Paterson

DR Eddie Paterson


  • Contemporary performance, Monologue, Live Art, Performance and Gaming



  • Eddie Paterson is Head of the Creative Writing program at the University of Melbourne. He lectures in scriptwriting for theatre, contemporary performance, new media and games. His research explores intersections between performance, politics and everyday life - with a focus on radical writing practices. His books include The Contemporary American Monologue (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Redactor (Whitmore Press, 2017 ), which was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Awards and the John Bray Award.

    His current ARC funded research is a Linkage project examining notions of aesthetic innovation in Australian arts and disability performance, known to collaborators as 'The Last Avant Garde', and a Discovery project with colleagues from Australia, the US and UK, 'Power and Politics: Revaluing Theatre in the 21st century'. Eddie is managing co-editor of Five Islands poetry press, and Development Officer for PSi (Performance Studies international).


Member of

  • PSi: Performance Studies International, Development Officer - Board Member. Member - Organising committee of 2016 PSi conference 2013 - 2020
  • University of Melbourne Theatre, Board Member. Board member 2010 - 2020
  • ADSA: Australasian Drama Studies Association. Member 2011 - 2019
  • FIRT: International Federation for Theatre Research. Member 2010 - 2018


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2013-2015 Singapore MOE (Ministry of Education) Academic Research Fund (AcRF), Administered by: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore PI: A/P Hallam Stevens. Collaborator: Dr Eddie Paterson, University of Melbourne, Australia. Title: Performances of life: the social, political, and economic contexts of biomedicine in Singapore, China, and Japan

    2013 - Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Grant, awarded to the 'Beyond Access' project, a collaboration between Arts Access Victoria, Dr. Winsome Roberts, Dr. Lachlan MacDowall and Dr. Paterson.

    2012 - University of Melbourne Faculty Research Grant on 'The Presidential Persona: Political oratory and performance'.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2008
  • BCA (hons), University of Melbourne 2002

Awards and honors

  • Project title: Performances of Life: the social, political, and economic contexts of biomedicine in Singapore, China and Japan., Singapore Academic Research Fund (AcRF), 2013
  • Project Title: Beyond Access - a collaborative project with Arts Access Victoria, Dr Lachlan Macdowell and Dr Winsome Roberts, Lord Major's Charitable Foundation, 2013
  • Australian Council for the Arts, 2008



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Areas of supervision: contemporary theatre and performance, monologue, live art, experimental writing, poetry and performance, scriptwriting, dramaturgical theory and practice, performance in everyday life, video games and narrative design.

    Current Primary RHD supervisions: Erika Cameron, PhD, Ursula Robinson-Shaw, PhD, Peter McCracken PhD, Micheline Lee PhD; Co-supervisions: Sarah Austin PhD, Jonathan Graffam, MA.

    RHD completions: Lisa Smithies, PhD 2018, Maya Mulhall, PhD 2017, Dominic Counahan MA 2017, Tobias McCorkell, PhD 2016, Matt Lacorcia, PhD 2015, Doug Hendrie, PhD 2015, Telford Mills, MA 2014, Ronnie Scott, PhD 2013, Andrew Harmsen, MA 2013