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. C. (2017). 'A rare opportunity to fail': STAB's legacy of theatrical experimentation. Australasian Drama Studies (70), 86-112.
  • 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
  • Willis, E. (2016). Metatheatre and Dramaturgies of Reception in Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present... Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 4 (1), 196-211. 10.1515/jcde-2016-0015
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35656
  • Willis, E. C. (2015). Dark Tourism: Dramas of Absence. 6 October - 6 October 2015. "Hitler Oaks, Dark Tourism, Holocaust Memorial Spaces: Ann Shelton, Emma Willis, Miri Young. City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27822
  • Willis, E. C. (2015). Remembering scenes of violence: stylization and abstraction of violence on stage. Testimony Between History and Memory, 121, 56-67. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27510
  • Willis, E. C. (2015). Book review: Trauma and Affective Spill - Performing Feeling in Cultures of Memory by Bryoni Trezise, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2014. Cultural Studies Review, 21 (2), 253-260. 10.5130/csr.v21i2.4647
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27800
  • Willis, E. (2015). Third term and dramatic character - 'it's going to have to remain complicated'. Paper presented at “Theatre and Spectatorship” 24th Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE), Barcelona. 4 June - 7 June 2015. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27748
  • Willis, E. C. (2015). Review of "Falling and Other Short Plays" by Angie Farrow. Australasian Drama Studies (66), 291-296. Related URL.

Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
New Zealand