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Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Cross-Cultural Research ANU

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 has been researching and filming 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 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. Dominique trained and works as a performer. 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 specialize in site specific performance (www.kantanka.com.au). He also works with Fine Line, a Lecoq based ensemble. He project managed enterprise Drupal website builds using Agile workflow.

With a B.Ed in drama/dance/philosophy from Deakin University (Rusden) Dominique in 2001 received first class honours for his thesis entitled “‘Beyond the confines of the body…’ Are Waranggi masks or are masks part of what Waranggi are?”. Working, directing, devising and performing with masks led to his Ph.D. thesis and film 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 that connect 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 2018

Norm and Ahmed

Sweeney, D. & Lewis, R., 2018

Research output: Non-textual outputs, including Creative WorksCreative Works - Live Performance


Introduction to Masked Corroborees of the Northwest

Sweeney, D., 02 Nov 2017

Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

Cultural Knowledge

I wonder… Indigenous Corroborees and Masked Dances in Northwest Australia

Sweeney, D., 2017, Building Sustainability with the Arts: Proceedings of the 2nd National Ecoarts Australis Conference 2016. Curtis, D. (ed.). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 377-384 7 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paper


The Human Glove

Sweeney, D. & Lewis, R., 28 Apr 2017

Research output: Non-textual outputs, including Creative WorksCreative Works - Live Performance

True Story

I wonder...

Sweeney, D., 2016, p. 0-0 1 p.

Research output: Other contribution to conferenceAbstract


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Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Commedia Dell'Arte

Sweeney, D. (Participant)
25 Feb 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media