Dominique Sweeney


Performer, Director, Researcher, Lecturer in Stage and Screen Acting

  • Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research, ANU
  • B.Ed Drama/Dance/Philosophy, Deakin University (Rusden)

Dominique is a performer, teacher, creator and film-maker specialising in documenting performance practice. He researches and documents traditional Aboriginal public performances and works with how to best manage digital archives with Traditional Owners.

Dominique played Albert Facey in the Ch 9 miniseries “A Fortunate Life” and Dally Messenger in the BBC film “The First Kangaroos”. He is a core member and chair of the board of Theatre Kantanka and cofounder of Lichen Collective. Dominique studied for two years at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. He taught acting at Sydney Theatre School, Griffith, Charles Sturt, ANU, UWS, Macquarie and Sydney Universities and at the St.Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy.

Dominique project managed the AFTRS and Fred Hollows website builds and worked with Bush School as an Education Ranger in Centennial Park, Sydney. He devised and applied a drama program for autistic and multiple disability students at Wairoa School in Bondi. Dominique grew up on a cattle farm in North Queensland and he played viola, guitar and sang in the band “The Rails”.

His Ph.D. thesis and film “masked corroborees of the northwest” has been seen at International Film Festivals in Amsterdam, Moscow and Koper. The thesis is grounded in Northwest Australia looking at a range of corroborees that incorporate the use of masks connecting bodies to country, cultural knowledge and ancestors.


grants and appointments

Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

2018-2021 ARC Indigenous Discovery Aboriginal remote narrowcast TV and the audio-visual archive.

2018-2021 Think Big – Multi-national digital platforms enabling child and youth led health and wellbeing initiatives. VicHealth Sustainable Development Goals Partnerships Grant recipient.


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