Welcome to the Centre for Theatre and Performance

  • We are the largest comprehensive theatre and performance program offered by an Australian university, enjoying a reputation as the most outstanding course of its kind in the country.

    Our degrees explore theatre and performance in theory and practice. We have two strands, one aims to create theatre-makers and the other explores different historical and contemporary performance traditions and practices. In both we focus on the study of the past, present and future of the performance.

    We strive to achieve a balance between performance opportunities and a challenging academic program.

    2013 Performance Season


Latest News

  • CTP is proud to present another season of free lunchtime theatre this April. Three for Free is now in its 5th year and this year we are offering our best season so far. Check the site, lock in the dates, grab your lunch and join us at the Alexander Theatre the first three Wednesday afternoons ... Read more
  • Head of CTP Dr Jane Montgomery Griffiths returns to the Malthouse Theatre in The Rabble’s adaptation of Frankenstein. Frankenstein / is Mary Shelley’s gothic novel adapted for a world that was once unimaginable – one in which life can be conceived in a laboratory instead of a womb. Doctor Frankenstein is a childless woman, a scientist obsessed ... Read more
  • 2014 brings a new direction to the Centre for Theatre and Performance.  There have been changes in Faculty structure, degree structure, even unit structure.  This document attempts to clarify some key questions for current students, potential students, graduates and for those who care about CTP. 1)      What’s going on with the BPA? In 2014 there will ... Read more

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  • CTP First Year units Performance in Context I and Performance in Context II (ATS1287 and ATS1288) are now open for enrolment. These units provide a GATEWAY into the CTP Theatre Major, Theatre Minor and the Performance Minor. These units provide: a comprehensive overview of theatre history a performance-based engagement with texts an exploration and engagement with performance practices scholarly writing ... Read more
  • A new fully integrated Monash University theatre and performance course will bring together theory and practice in an intellectually stimulating and creatively inspiring environment.   Senior Lecturer in theatre and performance at Monash University Dr Jane Griffiths said the integration of the Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) theatre major would create a ... Read more
  • Congratulations to CTP Staff Member Dr. Felix Nobis whose new play ‘Boy out of the Country’ received rave reviews for its premiere season: “A play infused with the vitality of Aussie Idiom and melodrama that crackles with understatement and wit”   (THE AGE) “The story develops like a watercolour painting, adding depth and colour in subtle layers ... Read more
  • CTP Honours students present their performance investigations in the coming weeks.  Disregarding She written and directed by Thomas Lawton will be presented at the Drama Theatre, Performing Arts Centre on Friday 13th September.  Honours student Mitch Jones will be presenting The Syndicate at The Butterfly Club 11th – 15th September.   Read More... Read more
  • Performance Dates: Thursday 5 September – 1:00pm and 7:30pm Friday 6 September – 7.30pm Saturday 7 September – 7:30pm Presented by Centre for Theatre and Performance Written by Peter Houghton Directed by Anne Browning Bachelor of Performing Arts: Second Year Production A city teeters on the verge of anarchy. Inside, authorities attempt to tighten their control against the threat of ... Read more
  • A multi-arts project to celebrate the ways people from different cultural backgrounds preserve, share and pass on ideas about what matters to them. People who might not otherwise come to know each other from Clunes, Castlemaine and Footscray join a rolling conversation about culture and value. INSTALLATION OPENING: 6pm Thursday 29 August RSVP to morgan@footscrayarts.com EXHIBITION: 30 August ... Read more
  • Professor Peter Fitzpatrick, founding staff member of the Centre for Theatre and Performance and CTP Adjunct took out the top prize in this year’s national Biography Awards for his double biography, The Two Frank Thrings, published by Monash University Publishing. The judges described the book as ”a well-paced and clearly written biography in which the ... Read more
  • Free Public Lecture by Professor Roger Copeland of Oberlin College, US Thursday August 1st 2013, 6.30p Drama Theatre, Performing Arts Centre (building 68) Monash University Clayton. As Melbourne prepares to host  ‘Einstein on the Beach’, Professor Roger Copeland provides an introduction to and discussion of this seminal work and the extraordinary collaboration of Robert Wilson and ... Read more
  • The Disappearances Project, an intimate theatre work co-directed by CTP staff member, Yana Taylor, in which she also performs, received a Helpmann Award nomination in the ‘Best Regional Touring Production’ category. This piece explores the effects of long-term missing persons cases on family members and communities. It traces the trajectories of hope in the shattered lives of those left ... Read more
  • Monash is again represented at the prestigious R. E. Ross Trust Awards. PhD candidate and playwright Merrilee Moss has been highly commended for her play Oriel in the 2013 R E Ross Trust Playwrights’ Script Development Awards.  In the past the Script Development Award has been received by  staff members Jane Griffiths and Felix ... Read more
  • CTP MA candidate Peter Fraser is pictured here, making a short film based on a performance as a lizard. On Wednesday 6 March one of the windows of Offshoot was transformed into a film shoot. “Peter Fraser makes performances based on the sensations of the body. The focus is not on psychology or choreography but ... Read more
  • CTP Staff member Dr Yana Taylor has received terrific reviews for Version 1.0 The Disappearances Project, at the Brighton Festival. Selected as one of the Brighton Festival theatre highlights, it played on the opening night to a full house and received rave reviews. “Those are some of the issues raised by Australian company version 1.0 in ... Read more
  • Jane Griffiths’ Australian Research Council supported play, Sappho in 9 fragments, first played in a pub (The Stork), then an old brewery (Malthouse Theatre). Now it’s gone one better, and in a new UK production that has been critically acclaimed as ‘remarkable’, ‘outstanding’ and ‘inspirational’, is playing at London’s Rose Theatre on  the archaeological remains ... Read more
  • This year’s prestigious Greenroom Awards include nominations for two productions with strong CTP connections.  An Appointment with J Dark, which started life in 2011 as a CTP Honours project by student Melanie Jaime Walsh, is nominated for Outstanding Production in the Hybrid Category, and Jane Montgomery Griffiths’s adaption of  Dorothy Porter’s Wild Surmise at Malthouse ... Read more
  • In October CTP Senior Lecturer Will Peterson takes up a three-month post as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow within the Cultural Studies Cluster at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).  NUS is rated as the #2 university in Asia in the Times World University Rankings.  From to October, he ... Read more
  • About 400 people attended this year’s lunchtime theatre season! Now in its fourth year, Three for Free returned with a season of work created, performed, written and directed by graduates of our Bachelor of Performing Arts program. This season makes a popular contribution to the fabric of our campus community and provides graduates and staff with ... Read more
  • The Centre for Theatre and performance is delighted to welcome new staff member Yana Taylor. Yana comes to CTP with a wealth of experience as a researcher, dramaturg, teacher and performance maker.  Building on her extensive background in movement, improvisation and theatre, Yana has been intimately involved in experimental performance, critically engaging with artists in ... Read more
  • Telling Stories: Aboriginal Australian And Torres Strait Islander Performance by CTP staff member Associate Professor Maryrose Casey has been published by Australian Scholarly Publishing.   Synopsis Since the late eighteenth century, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander initiated performances have been an important part of cross-cultural communication in Australia. Over those years, at different points, these performances have achieved ... Read more
  • Dr Jane Montgomery Griffiths will play the lead role of Alex in Wild Surmise. Photo: Garth Oriander A dramatic adaptation of a verse novel by one of Australia’s most inventive poets will feature a Monash University staff member in the lead role. Dr Jane Montgomery Griffiths from the Monash Department of Theatre and Performance will play Alex in ... Read more
  • A collection of poems inspired by observations on different cultures and political philosophies by a Monash University academic has been shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The collection, Ashes in the Air, by Dr Ali Alizadeh from the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, deals with matters such as injustice and political violence, history ... Read more