DR Richard Sallis

DR Richard Sallis


  • Arts education (drama/theatre)
  • Gender education (ethnodrama, performativity, masculinities)
  • International Education partnerships (intercultural perspectives)
  • Schooling (boys' education, gender, sexualities)



  • Dr Richard Sallis (B.Ed, M.Ed, PhD) lectures in drama/theatre education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Richard is the joint coordinator of the Master of Teaching Primary Arts course at the University and he specializes in arts (drama) education. He is the Chair of the Theatre Board of the University. Between 2008 and 2011 he worked as a lead researcher on the four-year Australian Research Council (ARC) funded TheatreSpace project looking at the theatre-going habits of young people. Currently he is involved in two education-based research projects. One looks at how Arts subject associations meet the needs of Primary teachers and the other is an investigation into the relationship between visual and performing artists and Primary school pedagogy. Richard is the Director of International Liaison, for Drama Australia, the drama educators� association of Australia and has worked closely with IDEA (International Drama/theatre and Education Association) with a particular focus in the Asia-Pacific region. He is an arts curriculum writer and examiner for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. His Masters (2004) and PhD (2010) studies looked issues of gender identity, drama education and ethnographic performance. His Masters was the recipient of the Freda Cohen Award for the most meritorious Masters thesis in education (2005) and Fred Knight Research Scholarship (2005). He was the 2012 recipient of the American Alliance for Theater Education, Distinguished Dissertation Award for his PhD The Drama of Boys: an ethnographic study and its performance. In July 2013 Richard accepted a 3-year appointment as the Director of Publications for IDEA (International Drama/theatre in Education Assoication).   


Member of

  • International Drama/theatre in Education Association. Director of Publications 2013 -
  • Arena Theatre Company. Board member 2010 -
  • Australian Children's Theatre Foundation. Member of the council 2009 -
  • Drama Tasmania. Member of the Executive 2007 -
  • Drama Victoria. Life member 2003 -
  • Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Chair of the writing panel, Theatre Studies 1999 -
  • Drama Australia. Director of International Liaison 1998 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • M.ED, University of Melbourne 2004
  • BEd, Deakin University - Rusden 1981

Awards and honors

  • AATE Distinguished Dissertation Award, American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), 2012
  • Fred Knight Award 2005, University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Freda Cohen Award, University of Melbourne, 2005
  • Life Member of Drama Victoria, Drama Victoria, 2005
  • Best new Australian Publication for Drama/Theatre teacher and/or secondary students. 'Acting Smart' - Richard Sallis, Jane Bird and Mark Bailey, Drama Victoria Award, 2001



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available to be the lead (or assistant) supervisor for candidates enrolled in a Masters of Education and doctoral candidates (D.Ed and PhD). Specialty fields: Arts education; Drama education; performed-research (ethnodrama); gender, sexualities and education; transnational education; curriculum and assessment.