Dr Emma Creagh Ruth Willis

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Senior Lecturer


  • Lecturer in Drama

Research | Current

  • Contemporary theatre
  • Theatre and ethics
  • Spectatorship
  • Tourism and memorial studies
  • Dance theatre
  • Dramaturgy

My scholarly research lies at the intersection of contemporary performance, spectatorship and ethics.  I am interested in the role that theatre and theatricality play in our negotiations of subjectivity, community and responsibility in contemporary life.


Teaching | Current

DRAMA 718 Playwriting

ENGLISH 109 Drama on Stage and Screen

Areas of expertise

Drama, theatre, dancetheatre

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Willis, E. (2018). When acting becomes abuse: problems with playing the ‘part’ of the actor. Paper presented at ADSA 2018: Actors and Acting in the 21st Centiry, Victoria College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. 26 June - 29 June 2018. Related URL.
  • Willis, E. C. (2018). Catastrophes of the self: multiplied protagonists in YOUARENOWHERE and I’ll Never Love Again. Paper presented at American Dramaturgies for the 21st Century Engaging with the new millennium on stage, Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris, France. 14 March - 16 March 2018.
  • Willis, E. C. (2018). “Against the tidal forces of the day”: idiorrhythmy, syncopated subjects and the non-assimilative community in the work of Erika Vogt and Jérôme Bel. Text and Performance Quarterly, 38 (1-2), 78-94. 10.1080/10462937.2018.1461917
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42446
  • Willis, E. (2017). Killing the boss: A gendered reading of the vexed role and responsibility of authors in representing violence on stage. Paper presented at The Performance and Performativity of Violence: The Performance of the Real research Theme, University of Otago, New Zealand. 19 June - 20 June 2017.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38024
  • Willis, E. C. (2017). 'A rare opportunity to fail': STAB's legacy of theatrical experimentation. Australasian Drama Studies (70), 86-112.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35655
  • Stockwell, S., Mulholland, E., Foster, A., Pierce, R., Willis, E., & O'Neil C Firefly: Raw: Projects in development, 15/3/2017. [Theatre], (60 minutes), Auckland Arts Festival: 8 - 26 March, 2017, Herald Theatre, Auckland, New Zeland. Commissioning body: Auckland Arts Festival & Creative New Zealand
  • Bell, R., Johnston, M., Pierce, R., Mulholland, E., Willis, E., & Ranapiri-Ransfield, T. Meremere, 14/10/2016. (60 minutes), Tempo Dance Festival, Q Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand. Commissioning body: Creative New New Zealand
  • Willis, E. (2016). Against the tidal forces of the day: idiorrhythmy, communitas, and the syncopated subject in the work of Erika Vogt and Jérôme Bel. Paper presented at PSi 22: Performance Climates, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. 5 July - 9 July 2016.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35690

Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 6, Room 639
New Zealand