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Dr Suzanne Little

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Head of Programme, Theatre Studies
Senior Lecturer
PhD (QUT)

Tel 64 3 479 5084
Email suzanne.little@otago.ac.nz

Research Interests

Suzanne’s research interests include:

  • Framing and critical theory
  • Perception and reception in performance
  • Representations and the ethics of trauma and violence in performance
  • Actor training
  • Repetition and mobilities in performance
  • Performance and Practice as Research (PaR and PARIP)
  • Reflective Practice
  • Performing analysis

Suzanne has additional qualifications and experience in the visual arts and film and has worked as an actor, director, production designer, illustrator, voice coach and marketing manager. Her research has been published in international journals such as Performance Research and International Theatre Review as well as in a number of books. Suzanne presents papers at national and international conferences and is the current Vice President of The Australasian Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies Association (ADSA) – the peak representative body for the region. Suzanne is co-director of the interdisciplinary ‘Performance of the Real’ University of Otago Research Theme.

As a director, actor and/or designer, Suzanne’s productions include: William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, King John, Twelfth Night and multiple compilation shows; Caryl Churchill’s Vinegar Tom; the group devised clown show Who Nose Romeo and Juliet and Arthur Schnitzler’s Anatol and La Ronde.

Suzanne is the co-founder of two ongoing Australian theatre companies – Vena Cava and The Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and served as a co-artistic director before taking up her current position in New Zealand. She was awarded a PhD at The Queensland University of Technology for her thesis "Framing Dialogues - towards an understanding of the parergon in theatre" – an exploration and development of framing theory specific to theatre.

For further information, view Suzanne’s profile on Academia.edu: https://otago.academia.edu/SuzanneLittle

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Supervisions

  • Associate Supervisor – PhD via Practice as Research in Film and Media, “Cinematic Theatre / Theatrical Cinema – a blending of processes,” Ross Brannigan, Auckland University of Technology
  • Primary Supervisor - MFA in Theatre Studies, “Dark Matter,” Martyn Roberts

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Publications

Little, S. (2017). The witness turn in the performance of violence, trauma, and the real. In E. O'Toole, A. Pelegrí Kristić & S. Young (Eds.), Ethical exchanges in translation, adaptation and dramaturgy. (pp. 43-61). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004346376_004

Little, S. (2017). Migration, mobility and belonging. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference: Performing Belonging in the 21st Century. Retrieved from http://www.adsaconference2017.co.nz/

Little, S. (2017, June). Violence, performance and the audience. Verbal presentation at the Performance and Performativity of Violence Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Little, S. (2016). Dramaturgies of the left-behind: Mobility and stickiness in The Disappearances Project. Theatre Research International, 41(3), 245-257. doi: 10.1017/S0307883316000341

Little, S. (2016, July). Affective atmospheres and performance. Verbal presentation at the PSi #22: Performance Climates Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Commissioned Report for External Body

Wells, T., & Little, S. (2008). A critical analysis of 'The Best Thing' programme. Commissioned by Theatre in Health Education Trust. 5p.

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Performance

Jaffe, J. (director), Huber, R. (performer), & Little, S. (performer) (2007, 22-25, 27-31 March). Stage Blood, by Charles Ludlam, Globe Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Other Research Output

Little, S., (2010, April). Performance and Representation. Blue Oyster Performance Series in the Dunedin Fringe Festival. Dunedin, New Zealand. [Public Lecture].

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Chapter in Book - Research

Little, S. (2017). The witness turn in the performance of violence, trauma, and the real. In E. O'Toole, A. Pelegrí Kristić & S. Young (Eds.), Ethical exchanges in translation, adaptation and dramaturgy. (pp. 43-61). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004346376_004

Little, S. (2013). Aotearoa/New Zealand and practice as research. In R. Nelson (Ed.), Practice as research in the arts: Principles, protocols, pedagogies, resistances. (pp. 117-128). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Little, S. (2011). Practice and performance as research in the arts. In D. Bendrups & G. Downes (Eds.), Dunedin soundings: Place and performance. (pp. 19-28). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Little, S. (2011). Re-presenting the traumatic real: Douglas Wright's Black Milk. In A. Kolb (Ed.), Dance and politics. (pp. 233-254). Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.

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Journal - Research Article

Little, S. (2016). Dramaturgies of the left-behind: Mobility and stickiness in The Disappearances Project. Theatre Research International, 41(3), 245-257. doi: 10.1017/S0307883316000341

Little, S. (2015). Repeating repetition: Trauma and performance. Performance Research, 20(5), 44-50. doi: 10.1080/13528165.2015.1095923

Little, S. (2011). In and out of tune with reality: Opposed strategies of documentary theatre. Double Dialogues, 14.

Little, S. (2010). Creating the reflective student-practitioner. Australasian Drama Studies, 57, 38-53.

Little, S., & Martin, J. (2001). Framing this troubled island. NJ, 25(2), 57-64.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Little, S. (2017). Migration, mobility and belonging. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference: Performing Belonging in the 21st Century. Retrieved from http://www.adsaconference2017.co.nz/

Little, S. (2011). Floods and earthquakes: The transformation and performativity of trauma cultures. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference: Transcultural. Transnational. Transformation: Seeing, Writing and Reading Performance Across Cultures. Retrieved from http://www.adsa.edu.au/conferences/past-conferences/2011

Little, S. (2010). The traumatic body in performance. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference: Stripping Bare. Retrieved from http://www.adsa.edu.au/

Little, S. (2009). Documentary theatre/performance: Boom or bust. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://www.adsa.edu.au/conferences/past-conferences/2009

Hart, S., & Little, S. (2008). Reflections in collaboration / collaborating on reflection: Engaging the student voice. In C. Bond & R. Spronken-Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching at Otago Conference. (pp. 18). Dunedin, New Zealand: HEDC, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Little, S. (2008). The power and treachery of place in performance. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Annual Conference. Retrieved from http://www.adsa.edu.au/conferences/past-conferences/2008/pdf2ADSA-Prog-v6.pdf/view

Little, S. (2007). Re-presenting the traumatic 'real'. 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

McAuley, G., Sweeney, D., Emerson, R., Card, A., Little, S., Ginters, L., & Seton, M. (2006). ″Eftermaele″: That which remains after the event [Panel discussion]. 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

Little, S. (2006). Precarious practice: Re-representing the 'real'. 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

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Little, S. (2017, June). Violence, performance and the audience. Verbal presentation at the Performance and Performativity of Violence Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Little, S. (2016, July). Affective atmospheres and performance. Verbal presentation at the PSi #22: Performance Climates Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Little, S. (2016, June). Resilience? Precarity and affective labour. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference: Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect, Brisbane, Australia.

Little, S. (2016, November). Uncertain mobilities, representation and The Container. Verbal presentation at the Performing Precarity Conference: Refugee Representation, Determination and Discourses, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Little, S. (2015, October). Mobility, immobility, and The Disappearances Project. Verbal presentation at the Performing Mobilities Symposium, Melbourne, Australia.

Little, S. (2015, June). Towards a sociology and ethics of acting. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference: Revisiting The Players Passion: The Science(s) of Acting in 2015, Sydney, Australia.

Little, S. (2015, November). The 'document' and 'flesh' of memory remains in trauma performance. Verbal presentation at the Memory Research in Aotearoa, New Zealand Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

O'Donnell, D., Little, S., & Rogers, M. (2014, June). Publish or perish? Verbal presentation at the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference: Restoring Balance: Ecology, Sustainability, Performance, Wellington, New Zealand.

Little, S. (2014, June). Restoring balance: Including theatre among art forms that can 'think' politically. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference: Restoring Balance: Ecology, Sustainability, Performance, Wellington, New Zealand.

Little, S. (2013, July). Expect everything: Careers in 21st century academia. Invited presentation at the Australian Drama Studies Association (ADSA) Postgraduate Workshop, Adelaide, Australia.

Little, S. (2012, July). Complicity and desire in violent spectatorship. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) Conference: Compass Points: The Locations, Landscapes and Coordinates of Identities, Brisbane, Australia.

Little, S. (2011, July). Reflective practice: Perspectives, professional practice. Invited presentation at the Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ) Forum: Reflecting on Practice, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Little, S. (2011, June). Floods, hurricanes and earthquakes: The transformation and performativity of trauma cultures. Verbal presentation at the Department of Music & Theatre Studies Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Little, S. (2010, June). Passing strange: Shakespearean performance training in a university. Verbal presentation at the Australia & New Zealand Shakespeare Association Conference: Drawing out Shakespeare: Shakespeare & Learning Then & Now, Sydney, Australia.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Little, S. (2004). Framing dialogues: Towards an understanding of the Parergon in theatre (PhD). Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. 453p.

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