Robert Walton is “an original and talented thinker and theatre maker” (The Times, UK), who has created, directed and devised over 30 shows. His work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art.
A creative trailblazer, Robert has been credited with creating “the world’s first piece of iPad theatre” (The Independent, UK) and has toured his work in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.
Since relocating to Australia in 2011, he has continued to push creative boundaries and develop new and innovative collaborations and partnerships. Robert co-curated the season of Australian dance and performance works for Culture 2014, The XXth Commonwealth Games Glasgow to wide critical acclaim. In association with Arts House, Robert initiated In Your Hands, a three-year project with four teams of artists and app developers creating new hybrid art works exploring the potential of theatre on mobile devices in public space. With funding from the Australia Council for the Arts Robert co-created Vanitas, an artwork app for smartphones and cemeteries, which forms part of his ongoing research into ‘ubiquitous theatres’ at The University of Melbourne.
Robert trained as a theatre maker at Dartington College of Arts (England) and as a technologist in The University of Glasgow’s Master of Science in Information Technology (Software and Systems) programme. From 2004-2011 Robert was the Lead Programmer for New Work Network (UK), creating the world’s first social networking site for artists.
Robert co-founded and was the co-artistic director of two theatre companies in Glasgow, Reader Performance Group and Fish & Game. In Higher Education he has held the leadership roles of Associate Head of Performance and Programme Leader BA Contemporary Performance Practice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Head of Theatre and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Robert uses his platform as an academic and artist to explore creative partnerships as pathways for the shared creation and dissemination of knowledge, enabling alternative conversations and creative solutions for the grand challenges and wicked problems of our times.
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Transdisciplinary Form and Production: Reflections on Translation, Embodiment and Mobility (through Alma Mater, 2011)
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Conference Proceedings | 2013 | Interference as a Strategy for Art, published proceedings from the 2nd International Conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging at the Intersections of Art, Science and Culture
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Honours, Awards and Fellowships
The Webby Award - Nomination - Art & Experimental Mobile Sites & Apps
Feasibility Study Funding - Child of Now - Arts Centre Melbourne
PVI Collective and Blast Theory International Residency
Excellence in Teaching Award 2018 - Victorian College of Arts
Positive Champion Award - Received on behalf of The Victorian College of the Arts
Regional Training and Engagement Fund - FRISK: Festival of New Work (Natimuk)
Dean's Discretionary Fund - Delegation of students & staff to attend UNESCO International Theatre Institute Asia-Pacific Bureau of Drama Schools
Regional Training and Engagement Fund - FRISK: Festival of New Work (Natimuk and Benalla)
Digital Theatre Fund with Arts House Melbourne
Special Project Funding - ENUF is Enough project in collaboration with Living Positive Victoria
Regional Training and Engagement Fund - ‘Three Performances of Community’ project in partnership with Centre for Cultural Partnerships
Conference and Creative Research Activity Fund
Made in Scotland - Curated Edinburgh Festivals Showcase Fund
National Touring Fund
Creative Lab Residency 2005 (year long)
Creative Lab Residency 2004 (year long)
Dark Lights Commission
FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)
Lecturer In Theatre (Acting)
Victorian College Of The Arts
Artisitic Council Member
St Martin's Youth Art Centre, Melbourne
Curator, Hot: New Dance And Performance From Australia
Culture 2014 for The XX Commonwealth Games, Glasgow
Selection Committee For Kickstart Programme And Next Wave Festival Representing Theatre And Performance
Next Wave Curatorial Committee
Higher Education Academy
Co-Founder And Artistic Director
Fish & Game
Co-Founder And Artistic Director
Reader Performance Group
Teaching and Learning in Higher Arts Education
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Master of Science Information Technology
The University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Theatre
Dartington College of Arts