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Dominique Sweeney

Researcher and Lecturer in Stage and Screen Acting

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2018-2020 ARC Indigenous Discovery grant recipient.

2018-2020 Think Big – Multi-national digital platforms enabling child and youth led health and wellbeing initiatives. VicHealth Sustainable Development Goals Partnerships Grant recipient.

Dominique lectures in Stage and Screen Acting at Charles Sturt University.

He is a performer, creator and film-maker specialising in documenting performance practice. In particular he researches and documents traditional Aboriginal public performances and works with how to best manage that digital archive for and with the Traditional Owners.

Dominique taught acting at Griffith, ANU, UWS, Macquarie and Sydney Universities and at the St.Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy. He taught and directed at Sydney Theatre School. His education included two years in Paris at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. His performance work has been on stages, screen and other locations throughout Australia and internationally. Dominique is a core member and chair of the board of Theatre Kantanka, a company that specialise in site specific performance (www.kantanka.com.au). He also works with Fine Line, a Lecoq based ensemble.

Dominique grew up on a cattle farm in North Queensland. He has two sons and he and his partner run a family travel publishing company Itchee Feet . He project managed the AFTRS and Fred Hollows drupal website builds and worked as an Environmental Education Ranger in Centennial Park, Sydney working with Bush School. In 2012 Dominique devised and applied a drama program for autistic and multiple disability students at Wairoa School in Bondi.

Dominique has a B.Ed in drama/dance/philosophy from Deakin University (Rusden) and his Ph.D. is in Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research from ANU. His Ph.D. thesis and film is entitled “masked corroborees of the northwest” which 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.

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