Mr James Douglas Seton Wenley

Master of Arts in Drama (University of Auckland)


I am a Doctoral Candidate and Professional Teaching Fellow in the English, Drama & Writing Studies disciplinary area. I am the editor of Theatre Scenes, the Auckland Theatre Blog and a theatre critic for Metro Magazine.

Research | Current

Doctoral Candidate: "Finding Ourselves: New Zealand Theatre's Overseas Experience"

Through my PhD 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)
English 91P: Preparatory English (Unibound)


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.

Contact details

Primary location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 5, Room 544
New Zealand

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