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Performer, Director, Researcher, Lecturer in Stage and Screen Acting

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grants and appointments

2019 Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne

2018-2020 ARC Indigenous Discovery Aboriginal remote narrowcast TV and the audio-visual archive.

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 digital archives with 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.

In Far North Queensland Dominique grew up on a cattle farm and now has two sons. 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. For a number of years he played viola and sang in the band “The Rails”.

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Interdisciplinary Cross Cutural Research, Ph.D., Australian National University

External positions

Chair of Board, Theatre Kantanka

01 Dec 2006 → …

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Research Output 2007 2019

primary school

Festivals as creative pedagogy

Yekanians, S., Sweeney, D. & Lewis, R., 26 Jun 2019, p. 27-28. 2 p.

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract

cultural economy

Introduction to Tales from the Arabian Nights

Sweeney, D., 02 May 2019, Tales from the Arabian Nights. Currency Press

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperForeword/postscript

Arabian Nights
Open Access
training method


film festival
country of origin
film festival
country of origin
film festival
country of origin

Activities 2006 2019

  • 2 Advisory panel/policy group/board
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Workshop/course/forum
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar/presentation

Faculty of Arts and Education Learning and Teaching Symposium

Eleanor Stuart (Speaker), Robert Lewis (Speaker), Dominique Sweeney (Speaker)
27 Aug 201929 Aug 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Book Launch for Booranga Writers' Centre

Dominique Sweeney (Keynote speaker)
30 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic lecture/debate/seminar/presentationCommunity

Commedia Dell'Arte

Dominique Sweeney (Invited speaker)
25 Feb 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumIndustry

Theatre Kantanka (External organisation)

Dominique Sweeney (Chair)

Activity: Membership Advisory panel/policy group/boardIndustry

Theatre Kantanka (External organisation)

Dominique Sweeney (Chair)

Activity: Membership Advisory panel/policy group/boardIndustry

Press / Media