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Hilary Halba

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Senior Lecturer
MA (Otago), DipTchg

Office – 2 Trent Ave, Dunedin
Tel 64 3 479 8925
Email hilary.halba@otago.ac.nz

Research Interests

Hilary's research interests include:

  • Bicultural theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • The study of acting methodologies
  • Actor training
  • Verbatim and documentary theatre
  • New Zealand post colonial theatre - theory and practice


Hilary has studied acting and the teaching of acting at the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, and is one of New Zealand's only accredited teachers of the Meisner Technique.
She contributes to international theatre journals and presents regularly at national and international conferences. In 2010, Hilary and Professor Stuart Young were keynote speakers on documentary & verbatim theatre at the "Acting with Facts" conference at the University of Reading, UK. In 2009, she was guest co-editor of the Australasian Drama Studies journal special edition (issue 55), focussing on the theatre of Aotearoa and the Pacific.

She is a founder member of southern bicultural theatre collective Kilimogo Productions, and has directed a number of works for this company.

She continues to investigate the artistic practice of the actor, and has acted through New Zealand as well as in Europe and the USA. She is a founder member of Wow! Productions Trust, a Dunedin professional theatre collective. Hilary has worked on numerous Wow! Productions as an actor, including Dancing at Lughnasa, Twelfth Night, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love and Arcadia. In 2010, with Quartett Theatre Company, Hilary completed a European tour of New Zealand playwright Gary Henderson's Skin Tight (as director) and Mo and Jess Kill Susie (as actor). Hilary has also appeared in over 25 professional theatre productions in New Zealand, most recently In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl, Play by Samuel Beckett and Jumpy by April de Angelis for the Fortune Theatre (Dunedin), Backwards in High Heels by Stuart Hoar for Circa Theatre (Wellington) and Winston’s Birthday by Paul Baker for the Court Theatre (Christchurch). She was named Best Female Performer in the 2012 Dunedin Theatre Awards for her role in Samuel’s Beckett’s Play (Fortune Theatre, Otago Festival of the Arts) and Dunedin's best actor of 2003 by the NZ Listener for her role in Three Days of Rain (Greenberg, USA).

Supervisions

  • Fran Kewene, MA, The creation of Documentary and Verbatim Theatre, co-supervision with Associate Professor Stuart Young
  • Kiri Bell, MFA. “Exploring a range of theatrical techniques to make fact-based theatre”, co-supervision with Dr. Janis Balodis.

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Publications

Halba, H. (2015) " Poetry, Politics, the Past and the Present: Interweaving Maori Postcolonial Theatre with Brecht in Kilimogo’s Production of Apirana Taylor’s Whaea Kairau: Mother Hundred Eater." Journal Of New Zealand and Pacific Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.133 – 148.

Halba, Hilary, and Bronwyn Tweddle. (2015) " Re-Framing Pākehā Narratives: Interweaving Māori-ness into Performances of Two Plays by Gary Henderson." In Casey, M. (ed.) Embodying Transformation: Transcultural Performance. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing.

Halba, H. (2014) "Cleansing the Tapu: Nature, Landscape and Transformation in Three Works by Māori Playwrights." In Maufort, M. & Dawes, B. (ed.) Enacting Nature: Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance. Brussels: Peter Lang.

Halba, H. & Young, S. (2014) "Theatre as an Artistic Intervention in Post-Trauma Situations: Hush: A Verbatim Play About Family Violence." in Barnes, H. and Coetzee, M-H. (ed.) Applied Drama/Theatre as Social Intervention in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Halba, H. (2012) “’Play, but don’t play games!’: The Meisner Technique Reconsidered.” Theatre Topics, Vol. 27, No. 2.

Halba, H. (2012) “Robert Lord’s New York: Big and Small, Notes on Life and Art.” Australasian Drama Studies, 60, pp. 33-41.

Halba, H. & McCallum, R. (2011) “Tū Taha, Tū Kaha: Transcultural Dialogues.” Australasian Drama Studies, 59, pp. 60-87.

Halba, H. (2010). Performing identity: Teaching bicultural theatre in Aotearoa. Australasian Drama Studies, 57, 22-37.

Halba, H. (2009). The flames of hope: The representation of prophecy in two New Zealand plays. Australasian Drama Studies, 55, 44-58.

Halba, H. (2009). Creating images and telling stories: Decolonising performing arts and image-based research in Aotearoa/New Zealand. About Performance, 9, 193-211.

Halba, H. (2010, 14 October - 9 November). (performer) Mo and Jess Kill Susie by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), (14 October) Studio 77, Wellington, New Zealand; (21 October) Kulturzentrum Triangel, St. Vith, Belgium; (28 October) Consol Theater, Gelsenkirchen, Germany; (5 - 6 November) Studiobühne Essen, Essen, Germany; (9 November) Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Halba, H. (2010, 14 October - 11 November). (director) Skin Tight by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), (14 October) Studio 77, Wellington, New Zealand; (27 October) Consol Theater, Gelsenkirchen, Germany; (11 November) Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Halba, H. (2009, 12-22 March). (performer, researcher & writer) Hush. Erica Newlands, Simon O'Connor, Cindy Diver, Nadya Shaw Bennett, Danny Still (cast, researchers, writers), Stuart Young (researcher, writer, director), Martyn Roberts (designer & lighting operator), Mary Hopewell Theatre, College of Education, Dunedin, New Zealand. Also toured to Fortune Theatre Dunedin and Otago/Southland in February - March 2011.

Halba, H. (2009). Dialogues between cultures: Bicultural theatre practice in Aotearoa/Te Waipounamu (New Zealand). Proceedings of the Sixth International University of Exeter Conference: Researching Applied Drama, Theatre and Performance.

Halba, H. (2009). Poetry, politics and the past: Interweaving Maori postcolonial theatre with Brecht. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Studies Association.

Young, S., & Halba, H. (2009). Breaking the silence: Hush: A documentary theatre play on family violence. In M. H. Serôdio, M. Rosa, G. Filipe, et al (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Federation of Theatre Research Conference: Silent Voices, Forbidden Love: Censorship and Performance. IFTR.

Book Chapter

Halba, H. (2007). ″Let me feel the magic″. In M. Maufort & D. O’Donnell (Eds.), Performing Aotearoa: New Zealand theatre and drama in an age of transition (pp. 209-218). Brussels, Belgium: P.I.E. Peter Lang.

Conference Contribution - Other

Jaffe, J., Warrington, L., Halba, H., & Huber, R. (2006, June). Performance space as dialogic space [Panel Workshop]. Verbal presentation at the On Space Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2005, December). ″I thank thee for not being like other women″: The actor's body and the physical grotesque in Wedekind's Lulu. Verbal presentation at the (Trans)Figuring Bodies: 4th Annual Symposium Cultural Transformations Research Group, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Halba, H. M. (2003, December). Kilimogo Productions: Aspects of Bi-cultural threatre practice in Te Waipounamu. Verbal presentation at the Transforming Tradition - Cultures on the Move: Cultural Transformations Symposium 2, St Margaret's College.

Conference Contribution - Refereed

Halba, H. (2009). Dialogues between cultures: Bicultural theatre practice in Aotearoa/Te Waipounamu (New Zealand). Proceedings of the Sixth International University of Exeter Conference: Researching Applied Drama, Theatre and Performance. Retrieved from http://spa.exeter.ac.uk/drama/appliedconf/welcome.shtml

Halba, H. (2009). Poetry, politics and the past: Interweaving Maori postcolonial theatre with Brecht. Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the New Zealand Studies Association. Retrieved from http://www.nzsa.co.uk/conferences.htm

Young, S., & Halba, H. (2009). Breaking the silence: Hush: A documentary theatre play on family violence. In M. H. Serôdio, M. Rosa, G. Filipe, et al (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Federation of Theatre Research Conference: Silent Voices, Forbidden Love: Censorship and Performance. IFTR. Retrieved from http://firt2009lisboa.org/firt/poster/poster.html

Halba, H. (2007). Torture and Tango: Politics, socio-biology and the dance of intimacy in Stuart Hoar’s Backwards in High Heels. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://www.adsa.edu.au/conferences/past-conferences/2007/adsa2007abstractsandbios.pdf/view

Halba, H. (2006). The past is in front of us: Aspects of bicultural theatre practice in Te Waipounamu. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://www.adsa.edu.au/conferences/past-conferences/2006/adsa2006abstracts.pdf/view

Creative work

Halba, H. (2010, 14 October). (performer) Mo and Jess Kill Susie by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), Studio 77, Wellington, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2010, 21 October). (performer) Mo and Jess Kill Susie by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), Kulturzentrum Triangel, St. Vith, Belgium.

Halba, H. (2010, 28 October). (performer) Mo and Jess Kill Susie by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), Consol Theater, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Halba, H. (2010, 5-6 November). (performer) Mo and Jess Kill Susie by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), Studiobühne Essen, Essen, Germany.

Halba, H. (2010, 9 November). (performer) Mo and Jess Kill Susie by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Halba, H. (2010, 27 October). (director) Skin Tight by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), Consol Theater, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Halba, H. (2010, 14 October). (director) Skin Tight by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), Studio 77, Wellington, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2010, 11 November). (director) Skin Tight by Gary Henderson, with Martyn Roberts (designer), Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Halba, H. (2009, 12-22 March). (performer) Hush. Erica Newlands, Simon O'Connor, Cindy Diver, Nadya Shaw Bennett, Danny Still (cast, researchers, writers), Stuart Young (researcher, writer, director), Martyn Roberts (designer & lighting operator), Mary Hopewell Theatre, College of Education, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2009, 12-22 March). (researcher & writer) Hush. Erica Newlands, Simon O'Connor, Hilary Halba, Cindy Diver, Nadya Shaw Bennett, Danny Still (cast, researchers, writers), Stuart Young (researcher, writer, director), Martyn Roberts (designer & lighting operator), Mary Hopewell Theatre, College of Education, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2009, 7-8 May). (performer) The Proposal by Anton Chekhov. Hilary Norris, Ben Truman (cast), Stuart Young (translator), Martyn Roberts (lighting designer), Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2008, 1-8 March). (performer) Tracey and Traci devised by Barbara Power (also performer), Hilary Halba, & Clare Adams (also director). A site specific performance for WOW! Productions at the Polson Higgs Business Advisors building, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2007, 3 February-3 March). (performer) Backwards in High Heels by Stuart Hoar. Rachel More (director), Martyn Roberts (designer), Circa Theatre, Wellington, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2006, 5-22 October). (performer) Lines of Fire by Gary Henderson for WOW! Production, at the Otago Festival of the Arts. Lisa Warrington (director), Gareth McMillan (producer), Dunedin Railway Station, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2005, 20 May - 11 June). (Actor) Lulu, by Frank Wedekind, directed by Bronwyn Tweddle, Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2005, 2 - 24 September). (Actor) Gertrude in Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, directed by David O'Donnell, Fortune Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Halba, H. (2004, 30 June - 4 July). (dramaturg) About time to kill Jack Hunter, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Halba, H. M. (2004, 24 September - 9 October). (actor) Cherish by K. Duncum director Lisa Warrington produced by WOW! Productions, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand.

Halba, H. M. (2003, 14 February - 8 March 2003). (Actor) Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg, (Lisa Warrington director) Fortune Theatre, Dunedin.

Halba, H. M. (2003, 1 - 10 May 2003). (Director) Mauri Tü nä Hone Kouka, Globe Theatre, Dunedin.

Halba, H. M. (2003, 26 July - 16 August 2003). (Director) Mauri Tü nä Hone Kouka, Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North.

Halba, H. M. (2003, 18 & 19 September 2003). (Performer) Dream by Richard Huber, (director Lisa Warrington) Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin.

Halba, H. M. (2002, July). The Dangerous Wife - written by Richard Huber - World Premiere - a commissioned work for Lunchtime Theatre, University of Otago, Dunedin: Allen Hall Theatre, Theatre Studies.

Halba, H. M. (2002, November). (Performer) The Dangerous Wife re-written by Richard Huber as part of Sex/Death:The Huber Monologues, Fortune Theatre, Dunedin; Court Two Theatre, Christchurch.

Halba, H. M. (2002, Feb-May). (Director) Sexwise an educational performance and workshop by the Theatre-in-Health Education Trust (THETa)  for senior secondary school students, North Island Tour.

Halba, H. M. (2001, March). (Director) Homefires by Hone Kouka, Fortune Theatre Studio, Dunedin: Kilimogo Productions.

Halba, H. M. (2000, July). (Performer) Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, as Beatrice, directed by Lisa Warrington. Fortune Theatre, Dunedin.

Halba, H. M., & Huber, R. W. (2000, April). (Co-director, devisor) Supermarket, Lunchtime Theatre, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin.

Halba, H. M., & Huber, R. W. (1999, May). (Co-director, devisor) Airport! for Lunchtime Theatre, Dunedin: Allen Hall Theatre.

Halba, H. M. (1998). (Performer) WOW! Productions Arcadia by Tom Stoppard, Dunedin: Dunedin Public Art Gallery, June/July.

Halba, H. M., & Huber, R.W. (1998). (Co-director/devisor) Happy and Beautiful for Lunchtime Theatre, Dunedin: Allen Hall Theatre, May.

Halba, H. M. (1998). (Performer) Southern Belle's production of Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, Dunedin. Co-directed by Lisa Warrington & Richard Huber: Fortune Studio Theatre, November.

Halba, H. M. (1998). (Performer) A rehearsed reading of Miss Julie by Strindberg for Sweden Week, Dunedin.

Halba, H. M. (1998). (Kaiwhakahaere) Kilimogo Productions' inaugural Bi-cultural Performing arts Hui, Dunedin: Otakou Marae, October.

Halba, H. M., & Taylor, R. (1997). (Co-director) Nga Tangata Toa by Hone Kouka for Kilimogo Productions, Timaru: Timaru Playhouse, December.

Halba, H. M. (1997). "Chook Chook" by Fiona Farrell, Dunedin: Lunchtime Theatre, Allen Hall, April.

Halba, H. M. (1997). WOW! Productions Twelfth Night by Shakespeare, directed by Lisa Warrington. Dunedin: Allen Hall Theatre, May.

Halba, H. M. (1997). WOW's production of "Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love" by Brad Fraser, Manhattan Theatre, November.

Halba, H. M. (1997). "Nga Tangata Toa" by Hone Kouka for Kilimogo Productions, Dunedin: Globe Theatre, July.

Halba, H. M. (1996). Camelot School by J. Betts, Dunedin: Allen Hall Theatre.

Halba, H. M. (1996). Journey Into That Good Night. With the Bioethics Research center By BL Barta, Dunedin: Colquhoun Theatre.

Halba, H. M. (1996). Signing Off by R. Sarkies. (32mm short film). premiere, Dunedin, July: Regent Theatre.

Halba, H. M. (1996). The Ladies Maid: An Evening of Katherine Mansfield with Nigel Bunn by K. Mansfield, Dunedin, April: Globe Theatre.

Halba, H. M. (1996). Fish Heads by a. Taylor, Dunedin, May: Allen Hall Theatre.

Halba, H. M. (1996). Kapa Haka Blues with R. Taylor, by T. and G. Pohatu, Dunedin, August: Allen Hall Theatre.

Halba, H. M. (1996). Theatre News. With the Bioethics Research center By BL Barta, Dunedin: Colquhoun Theatre.

Halba, H. M., & O' Donnell, D. J. (1996). Waiora, Dunedin.

Johnson, H. M., Cheesman, S. M. M., Susila, J., Pohatu, T., & Halba, H. M. (1996). Waiora.

Journal Article - Other

Halba, H. (2008). [Review of the plays Number Two and Bare]. Australasian Drama Studies, 53, 217-220.

Halba, H. (2008). [Review of the play and what remains]. Australasian Drama Studies, 52, 211-213.

Halba, H. (2007). [Review of Plays 1: Small towns and sea, Horseplay, Flipside, Trick of the light]. Australasian Drama Studies, 50, 211-215.

Halba, H. (2007). [Review of Awhi Tapu and The Prophet]. Australasian Drama Studies, 51, 136-139.

Halba, H. (2006). [Review of the scripts Frangipani Perfume, Mapaki, Fresh off the Boat, and The Songmaker's Chair]. Australasian Drama Studies, 49, 110-112.

Halba, H. M. (1999). Negotiating the bi-cultural tightrope: Some thoughts on bi-cultural theatre practice in Te Waipounamu. Deep South Electronic Journal. Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/deepsouth/theatre.html

Halba, H. M. (1996). Evangelising the X-generation: Duncan Sarkies' Saving Grace, a review. Theatre News, 3(9), 14-15.

Journal Article - Refereed

Halba, H. (2010). Performing identity: Teaching bicultural theatre in Aotearoa. Australasian Drama Studies, 57, 22-37.

Halba, H. (2009). The flames of hope: The representation of prophecy in two New Zealand plays. Australasian Drama Studies, 55, 44-58.

Halba, H. (2009). Creating images and telling stories: Decolonising performing arts and image-based research in Aotearoa/New Zealand. About Performance, 9, 193-211.

Halba, H. (2008). Conversations between cultures: Aspects of bicultural theatre practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand. alt.theatre, 6(2), 14-19.

Other work

Halba, H., & Jaffe, J. C. (Eds.). (2009). Australasian Drama Studies, 55. (Special issue: A Sense of Place: Performing Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific) [Guest editor].

Thesis

Halba, H. (2006). Aspects of bicultural theatre praxis in Aotearoa/Te Waipounamu. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago, 265p.