Dr James Douglas Seton Wenley

MA, PhD University of Auckland

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Professional Teaching Fellow


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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36831
  • 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.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/20036

Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 6, Room 611
New Zealand

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