Professor Denise Varney

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Dean, Faculty of Arts

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Denise Varney is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne. She teaches Australian Theatre and Performance, and Modern and Contemporary Drama and supervises PhD students in the English and Theatre Studies Program. Her areas of research specialization are Australian theatrical modernism, German and feminist theatre and performance. Her work is published in leading journals including Theatre Research International, Modern Drama, Contemporary Theatre Review and Performance Research. Her latest books are Performance Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave, 2017), co-edited with Elin Diamond and Candice Amich, and Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene with Lara Stevens and Peta Tait (Palgrave, 2018). She is the author of The Dolls’ Revolution: Australian Theatre and Cultural Imagination (with Rachel Fensham) 2005, and Radical Visions: The Impact of the Sixties on Australian Drama, 2011. She is the co-author of Theatre in the Asia Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (2013) and Governing Culture: Patrick White’s Theatre and the Adelaide Festival of Arts (Anthem Press, 2018).