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Dr Anne Thompson

Dramaturge

In 2008 Anne Thompson was appointed Director of the Drama Centre at Flinders University. She has been a contemporary dancer, choreographer, teacher, journal editor, academic, reviewer, dramaturge and director. She was a founding member of Dance Works. She co-founded the theoretical journal, Writings On Dance, with Elizabeth Dempster and Jude Walton and taught contemporary dance in a variety of tertiary performance programs in Victoria. She then focussed on teaching movement for actors at the Victorian College of Arts Drama School and became Head of Movement in 1990. During this time she continued performing and choreographing in the emerging independent dance scene in Melbourne. In 1995 she moved to Adelaide to complete a MA in Directing at Flinders University with Julie Holledge. She went on to attain a PhD and to teach in the Drama Centre as well as work in the theatre industry as a dramaturg and director, primarily in visual and physical theatre, with independent artists and small companies (Terrapin, Snuff Puppets). She has had an ongoing relationship with ADT as a dramaturge. In 2001 she co-founded the Eleventh Hour Theatre project in Melbourne with William Henderson. The award winning company has focused on juxtaposing poetic and dramatic language in theatre performances and reframing classic texts. In 2008 they presented their award winning version of Beckett’s End Game in the Melbourne International Festival and in 2010 they presented their award winning version of Shakespeare’s King John in the Adelaide International Festival.