Gay McAuley lectured on theatre and film in the French Department at the University of Sydney before joining with others to establish Performance Studies as an interdisciplinary centre in the University of Sydney in 1989. Throughout the 70s and 80s she worked in Sydney to establish modes of collaboration between academics and theatre practitioners for teaching and research purposes, and in the 90s she pioneered the application of ethnographic methodologies to the study of rehearsal process. Her books Space in Performance (University of Michigan Press, 1999) and Not Magic But Work (Manchester University Press, 2012) both won ADSA’s Rob Jordan Prize in their respective years of publication.

Since her retirement from teaching in 2002, she has edited six issues of About Performance (2003 to 2010), convened an interdisciplinary research group and edited the collection of essays emerging from its work (Unstable Ground: Performance and the Politics of Place, Peter Lang, 2006), and undertaken several translation projects. She is currently living in London where she is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway University of London.

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