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Steve Chinna

Dr Steve Chinna

Senior Honorary Research Fellow
English and Cultural Studies

Contact details
English and Cultural Studies
The University of Western Australia (M204)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2103
+61 8 6488 1030
Room G09, Arts Building, Perth campus
BA PhD Murd.
Key research
Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre and performance.
Creative writing for stage and screen.
Postmodern and modern theatre.
Print and on-line.

‘‘Laughing at Death’: Emotional Excess in The Duchess of Malfi in Performance’ in Performing Emotions in Early Europe, edited by Joanne McEwan, Anne Scott and Philippa Maddern (Brepols), in press.

‘The Elemental Gertrude: Howard Barker’s refashioning of Hamlet’s mother.’ ‘This Earthly Stage’: World and Stage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England. Ed. Brett D. Hirsch and Christopher Wortham. Turnhout: Brepols, 2010.

“The Cliff, or the Stinking Hospital Bed?: Howard Barker’s Gertrude (The Cry).” Published SALT online April 2009.

'When Salome Met Hamlet.' Playscript available for purchase and production. Australian Script Centre. 2008.

Performance: Recasting the Political in Theatre and Beyond. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2003. Series: Stage and Screen Studies Vol. 4. Ed. Kenneth Richards.

Divinations: Four Plays by John Kinsella. Ed. and introd. Steve Chinna. Cambridge: SALT, 2003. Includes Crop Circles, The Wasps, Paydirt by John Kinsella; Smith Street, by John Kinsella, Tracy Ryan and Steve Chinna.

Smith Street (Between Heaven and Hell). John Kinsella/Tracy Ryan/Steve Chinna. Published in Mudlark: An Electronic Journal of Poetry & Poetics. 2002.

Director - Theatre productions:

Howard Barker. The Europeans.(May 2016)
Thomas Middleton. The Revenger's Tragedy. (May 2015)
Shakespeare.Titus Andronicus (severely chopped). New Fortune Theatre (Oct. 2014)
Webster. The White Devil. (May 2014)
Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author. (May 2013)
The Changeling. Four scenes on the New Fortune Stage for the ANZSA Conference, UWA (Nov. 27-30, 2012)
Howard Barker and Thomas Middleton. Women Beware Women. (May 2012)
Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. The Changeling. (October 2011)
John Webster. The Duchess of Malfi. (May 2011)
Howard Barker. The Fence in its Thousandth Year. (May 2010)
Churchill and Lan A Mouthful of Birds (2008)
Shakespeare The History of King Lear (2007)
Howard Barker Seven Lears (2007)
Howard Barker Knowledge and a Girl (2006)
Anton Chekhov/Antonin Artaud/Samuel Beckett Clash (Anton in Antonin) (2005);
Howard Barker Gertrude - the Cry (2004);
Jean Genet The Balcony,
Caryl Churchill The Skriker (2003);
John Kinsella The Wasps (Cambridge UK, 2003);
Heiner Muller The Task (2002);
John Ford 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (2001);
Howard Barker Crimes in Hot Countries,
Oscar Wilde Salome (2000);
Nikolai Gogol The Government Inspector,
Shakespeare Richard III (1999);
Georg Buchner Danton's Death,
Shakespeare Titus Andronicus condensed (1997);
Heiner Muller Hamletmachine (1996);
Tourneur The Revenger's Tragedy (1995);
Samuel Beckett Rough for Radio II (1990).

Chinna. Corpses in the Cargo (Ghosts re-visioned) (2009);
When Salome Met Hamlet,
Clash (Anton in Antonin) (2005);
Encounters with the Alien (Dark Hearts) (1998);
Missionary Positions (1996);
The She-Wolf's Bloody Necklace (1995);
Love and Addiction: The Diary of a Cure (1994);
From Dreams of Reason (1992).
Kinsella/Ryan/Chinna, Smith Street (Between Heaven and Hell) (2001);

Recent conference presentations and workshops.
‘Speech falters speech flinches when horror lifts a fist to it’. Some other stage versions of Hamlet: Howard Barker’s Gertrude the Cry; Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine; Stephen Chinna’s When Salome Met Hamlet.’ Hamlet and Emotions – Then and Now Symposium, St Catherine’s College, UWA. April 10-11, 2017.
’Titus Andronicus on the New Fortune Stage.’ ANZAMEMS Conference, UQ, Brisbane. July, 2015.
Demonstrator/performer in ‘Meaning and Melody’ workshop with Prof. Andrew Lawrence-King, CHE conference, UWA. June 2013.
‘None so blind as those that will not see’: Misrecognition in The Changeling.’ANZSA conference. UWA, Perth, Nov. 2012.
‘Laughing at Death: The pleasures of excess in Revenge Tragedy with a special focus on The Duchess of Malfi’ PMRG/Centre for the History of the Emotions conference, UWA Perth, 2011.
Three-day workshop at Exeter University, UK, working with Howard Barker and The Wrestling School on the acting and presentation of his plays in performance. Aug. 2010.
‘Re-visioning Lear in Howard Barker’s Seven Lears: The Pursuit of the Good.’Howard Barker’s Art of Theatre conference, Univ. of Aberystwyth, Wales, 2009.
“From Facilitator to Dictator: Directing in a University Context.” Inaugural Theatre Director’s Conference, ANU, Canberra 2006.
“The Elemental Gertrude: Howard Barker’s Refashioning of Hamlet’s Mother.” PMRG Conference, UWA Perth 2006.
Funding received
1999-2006. UWA Chief Investigator on the Management Committee for the National Electronic Facility to Promote Research into Australian Performing Arts - AusStage - set up in November, 1999. Participating institutions: Flinders University, Univ. of Queensland, Univ. of New South Wales, Queensland Univ. of Technology, Univ. of New England, Univ. of Newcastle, La Trobe Univ. University of Western Australia.
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