New Platform Paper 5 – Jeremy Neideck

Jeremy, a bald man with a beard, smiles into the camera.

Issue number 5 of New Platform Papers focuses on diversity and inclusion in the Australian Arts. Currency House talks with author, Jeremy Neideck about his paper Queer(y)ing the Australian Way of Life

Jeremy Neideck
Jeremy Neideck is a performance maker and academic who has worked in Australia and South Korea for almost two decades. His work explores new theories of performance by modelling inclusive social realities on stage that interweave cultures at the intersection of queer identities. Since 2014 his productions have been presented at international venues and festivals, including  Metro Arts, Brisbane Festival, the World Theatre Festival, the HiSeoul Festival, the Seoul International Dance Festival and the Namsan Drama Center.

His work includes 지하 Underground, co-written with Nathan Stoneham for Motherboard Productions which was nominated for a Matilda Award in 2014, Deluge, an experimental dance theatre work, and Shimchong: Daughter Overboard, a re-imagining of the traditional Korean tale of Shimchong which combined pansori, poetry, and political satire in a work of physical theatre.  

He currently works with Company Bad, an international collective of artists that explores transcultural collaboration and experiments with friendship as a methodology for facilitating arts and cultural projects.

He has been awarded scholarships by Aphids, the Australia-Korea Foundation, Asialink and Brisbane City Council and residencies at the National Art Studio of Korea, the National Changgeuk Company of Korea, and the Necessary Stage, Singapore.

As an academic he lectures and tutors in the areas of contemporary performance theory, post-dramatic theatre, queer identity in performance, intercultural studies, the history of Japanese theatre, Korean performance traditions, independent theatre production, event and festival production, directing, professional practice for actors and acting in the digital space. For a decade led physical actor training and movement direction in the Acting program at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and taught embodied practice and collaborative performance making for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, Dance and Drama before taking up his current position as the Course Coordinator of the Bachelor of Performing Arts at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University in Boorloo (Perth).

He is the co-convenor of the Queer Futures Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). Queer(y)ing the Australian Way of Life is the part of the research project Fabulous Heroes which has been awarded pilot funding by the ECU Early Mid-Career Researcher Grant Scheme.

Jeremy stands with his back to the camera in a black room He looks over his shoulder, pointing to an actor standing to the right of him. To his left are two stacks of yellow chairs

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