Dr James Douglas Seton Wenley
MA, PhD University of Auckland
I am a professional teaching fellow in English and Drama at the University of Auckland. I am the editor of Theatre Scenes, the Auckland theatre blog.
Research | Current
My recent PhD was on the topic 'Finding Ourselves: New Zealand Theatre's Overseas Experience'
Through my research I want to make a significant contribution to the understanding of New Zealand theatre, and provide some key learnings for future artists looking to position New Zealand productions in a global marketplace. There is a rich and diverse performance culture in this country, but few scholars in the field. I see my career calling as being the continued research into and promotion of theatre from New Zealand.
Teaching | Current
Drama 100/G: Taking the Stage: Presentation and Performance Skills
MBChB 311: Performing Medicine (Medical Humanities)
2016: Faculty of Arts Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
2016: Winner - University of Auckland Exposure Variety Showcase
2015; 2016: John Cowie Reid Memorial Drama Scholarship
2014: University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Doctoral Bursary
2014: Professor Terry Sturm Scholarship in NZ and Australian Literature
Areas of expertise
- New Zealand drama
- Writing for the stage
- Devised theatre
- Theatre criticism
- Theatre directing
- Shakespearean performance
- Medicine and performance
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Wenley, J. D. (2018). Finding ourselves: New Zealand theatre's overseas experience The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- Wenley, J. D. (2013). Rediscovering the landmark New Zealand plays: The formative period of New Zealand drama, 1948-1970 The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.