Associate Professor Serge Tampalini
Doctor of Philosophy (Murdoch University); Post Graduate Diploma in Drama in Education (Newcastle Upon Tyne UK); Diploma of Teaching [C.T.C]; Teaching Certificate [C.T.C]

Associate Professor In Theatre and Drama Studies

About me

I currently lecture in theatre and design studies, specialising in performance theory; aesthetics and theatre semiology; theatre design and direction; and actor training.

In 2006 I directed and designed the Peking Opera inspired production of Manuel Puig’s play The Kiss of the Spider Woman, and in 2008 was responsible for directing and designing the first professional WA production of Howard Barker’s Gertrude the Cry.

In 2010 I collaborated with Dr David Moody and Associate Professor Martin Mhando on the theatre production, Witness - a performance-as-research project which featured inter-disciplinary work of devised and improvised theatre.

In 2011 Dr Ralf Rauker (from Edith Cowan University) and myself were responsible for mounting a joint Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University production of Bertolt Brecht’s Baal.

A comprehensive documentation of my work may be seen at: wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~serge/

Teaching area

Graphic and Theatre Design; Performance Theory; Theatre Direction and Actor training.

 

Research areas

New media and contemporary technologies in performance/theatre work.

As an academic my research interest has been motivated by a cultural shift in the way we have come to recognize and use the power of media as active participants in our culture.

 

 

Current projects

I am currently on Long Service Leave and preparing for an exhibition of paintings and sculptures for December 2012.

Awards and grants

1987

  • $30 000 - Garuda Airways for The Tempest in Bali live performance work in Denpasar, Indonesia

1989

  • $20 000 – WA Alliance Française and the University of Western Australia, for the 1789…and all that Australia-wide theatre-in-education project

1989

  • $10 000 - Alliance Française in each Australian state for the national tour of 1789…and all that 

1990

  • $10 000 - Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs – Cultural Affairs Division, through the Italian Consulate in Perth for You can call me Nonno [Finita La Guerra] live performance work

1995

  • $12 500 – University Hassan II, Faculte Des Lettres et Des Sciences Humaines Ben M’Sik, Casablanca, Maroc for Living is a Horizontal Fall, Performance [Re]Search live performance work

1996

  • $1500 – The Blue Room Theatre, Perth for Disappeariences, Performance [Re]Search live performance work

2006

  • $2000 – Theatre Kwong, Perth [Additional $2000 in-kind corporate sponsorship] for Kiss of the Spider Woman live performance work 

2008

  • $2000 – The Blue Room Theatre, Perth, for Gertrude the Cry live performance work

2009

  • $2000 – Day to Day Living: June O’Connor Centre – workshops for mental health clients
  • $185 000 – ALTC funding for the teaching research project Remix, Mash-up, Share: Authentic Web 2.0 Assessment Scenarios and Criteria for Interactive Games and Digital Design
  • $18 000 – ALTC strategic research funds for the team-based multi-disciplinary project Critical Masses: Interpreting Maralinga

2010

  • $3000 – Social Science and Humanities Internal Research Grant Scheme for the Witness live performance work
  • $2000 – The Blue Room Theatre, Perth, for Witness live performance work

Professional and community service

Since 1983 I have established and run theatre workshops for writers and performers; designed and directed theatre productions for established and emerging companies and the National Theatre’s Theatre in Education Programme; and assisted in the organisation of international theatre conferences.

  • In 1983 I was a member of the organising committee for Writer/Performers Workshop’s – supported by the then Theatre and Literature Boards of the Australia Council, the Western Australian Arts Council and National Theatre Company
  • In 1986 I established the Perth Festival Fringe, and served as its Director for two years
  • From 1996 to 2003 I was the Australasian Vice-president on the Executive Committee of the International University Theatre Association [IUTA]
  • From 1998 to 2000, I was a member of the Festival of Perth Theatre Advisory Committee
  • In 2007 I was a member of the Blue Room Theatre selection committee

 

Doctoral and masters supervisions

  1. PhD – Tony Bonney. Dramaturgy, Didascalia and Entropy in Western Australian Theatre 1990 – 2010 
  2. PhD – Ellen Greenham. Neocosmicism: God and the Void
  3. PhD – Seth Merlo: Agent of Pleasure. The Function of Story in Popular Fictions
  4. PhD – Sarasa Krishan.  Seeing Music, Hearing Images, Painting Dance
  5. PhD – Rauri-Jack Hughes. Memory Authoring Writing — Writing Recalling Memory: Stories are Always Adaptations
  6. PhD – Josef Hewber. The Theatre of the Mind

Publications

Journals

  • Tampalini, S., (2010), Witness: A Director's Retrospective, IM Interactive Media, , 6, pages -.

Conference

  • Tampalini, S., (2006),Conference paper: Affective Space and the Environment,In: Space, Art and the Environment (SPARTEN) Conference (2006).
  • Tampalini, S., (2006),Affective Space - Looking Back,In: Space, Art and the Environment (SPARTEN) Conference (2006).
  • Tampalini, S., (2003),Conference paper: Theatre Studies as Refugee,In: .
  • Tampalini, S., (1999),The Role of the Actor; The Role of the Spectator,In: .
  • Tampalini, S., (1997),Conference presentation: Crossing Body Shadow,In: .

Live Performance and DVD Production

A comprehensive documentation of my live theatre research may be seen at: wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~serge/

2007

  • Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Affective Design: Theatre Productions. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [3 DVD set 270 min: fuckCRASH, Richard III ...A Bollywood Musical, and Wittgenstein...The Musical]
  • Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Affective Design: fuckCRASH. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [3 DVD set 140 min: Affective Space: Design - Theatre Productions (2 discs) and fuckCRASH]
  • Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Affective Design: Richard III…A Bollywood Musical. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [3 DVD set 140 min: Affective Space: Design - Theatre Productions (2 discs) and Richard III…A Bollywood Musical]
  •  Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Affective Design: Wittgenstein…The Musical. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [3 DVD set 140 min: Affective Space: Design - Theatre Productions (2 discs) and Wittgenstein…The Musical]
  •  Recording: Tampalini, Serge. Affective Space: Theory and Practice. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [3 DVD set 190min: Affective Space: Design - Theatre Productions (2 discs) and Affective Space…Looking Back]
  •  Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Performance [Re]Search: Crossing Body Shadow. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [DVD 90 min]
  •  Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Performance [Re]Search: Disappeariences. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [DVD 90 min]
  • Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Performance [Re]Search: Living is a Horizontal Fall. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [DVD 90 min]
  • Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Performance [Re]Search: Silent Moves. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [DVD 90 min]
  • Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Performance [Re]Search: Sound and Body Landscapes. Creative Arts Media, Fremantle [4 DVD set 360 min: Living is a Horizontal Fall, Disappeariences, Silent Moves and Crossing Body Shadow]

2008

  • Recording: Tampalini, Serge. Butoh – the Body Weather Farm Experience. Art Films – Contemporary Arts Media, Melbourne [DVD 40 minutes + pdf text]
  • Live performance: Gertrude the Cry, Howard Barker. Skylight Theatre Ensemble, Blue Room Theatre, Perth
  • Recording: Tampalini, Serge. Performance Re[Search: Sound and Body Landscapes. Insight Media, New York [4 DVD set 190 minutes]
  • Recording: Tampalini, Serge. Affective Space; Theory and Practice. Insight Media, New York [3 DVD set 120 minutes]
  • Live recording: Tampalini, Serge. Wittgenstein – the Musical. Insight Media, New York [DVD 90 minutes]

2009

  • Recording: Tampalini, Serge. Gertrude the Cry – Design and Staging. Art Films – Contemporary Arts Media, Melbourne [DVD 75 minutes]

2010

  • Live performance: Witness. David Moody and Martin Mhando. Ujamaa Theatre Collective. Blue Room Theatre, Perth
  • Diegetic Life Forms II Conference: Creative Arts Practice and New Media Scholarship,Murdoch University, Western Australia. Conference paper: Witness: A Case Study of the Research-Based-Devised Play for Writing and Production