2018 ARC Discovery 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 performances.
Dominique taught acting at Screenwise, Griffith Uni, 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’Ecole de Theatré, Jacques Lecoq. His performance work has seen him on stages, screen and other locations throughout Australia. 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 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. In 2012 Dominique devised and applied a drama program for autistic and multiple disability students at Wairoa school in Bondi.
He has a B.Ed in drama/dance/philosophy from Deakin University (Rusden) and Dominique’s honours thesis is entitled “‘Beyond the confines of the body…’ are Waranggi masks or are masks part of what Waranggi are?” This research was the precursor to a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research at ANU.
Working, directing, devising and performing with masks 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.