Law, Humanities and The Arts


Margaret Hamilton

Current Positions:

Senior Lecturer, Theatre & Performance


Author of "Transfigured Stages: Major Practitioners and Theatre Aesthetics in Australia" (Rodopi 2011), Dr Margaret Hamilton specialises in research on contemporary theatre in Australia and abroad. Her research has encompassed the emergence of postdramatic theatre in Australia and currently focuses on main stage theatre as part of a project that analyses the prospect of artistic critique in the context of late capitalism. Dr Hamilton's work has been published in journals such as Contemporary Theatre Review, Theatre Journal, Sexualities, Australasian Drama Studies and Performance Paradigm, as well as several edited collections, including Rimini Protokoll Close-Up: Lektüren (2015). She is a Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council funded AusStage project.

Dr Hamilton completed her PhD (2006) at the University of New South Wales under the honorary supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans-Thies Lehmann, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt-am-Main. Her thesis is recognised as the first dissertation written on postdramatic theatre in Australia in Karen Jürs-Munby's English translation of Lehmann's book "Postdramatic Theatre" (Routledge, 2006). Prior to the University of Wollongong Dr Hamilton taught at the Institut für Anglistik and Amerikanistik, Potsdam Universität, Germany.

For a number of years Dr Hamilton worked as a consultant in international arts market development for the Australia Council for the Arts, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory body, and was assigned to the Public Diplomacy Team at the Australian Embassy, Berlin. In Berlin she developed and managed a major program of contemporary Australian arts and a subsidiary European touring program for the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australia International Cultural Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Research Grants and Projects

Australian Research Council (LIEF) Grant, Chief Investigator, (2017-2018) AusStage Phase 6 Visualising Venues in Australian Live Performance Research,

Australian Research Council (LIEF) Grant, Chief Investigator, (2014-2015) AusStage, Phase 5: Australian live performance and the world- global networks, national culture, aesthetic transmission

Research Interests:

Postdramatic theatre; contemporary Australian and European theatre directors; site-specific performance; international arts festivals and cultural policy.


2013: Major Works Completion Grant, Institute for Social Transformation Research, University of Wollongong
2006: URC Small Grant Scheme, University of Wollongong
1999: Australia/Germany Educational Development Fellowship, Australian German Association
1988: H E Beaver Memorial Prize for Communciations, Macquarie University

Research Students

  • Susan Broadway : Funny Feminists: The inspirations and subversions of female clowns in Australia now
  • Roselle Pineda : Blossoms from the death of the last summer’s bloom: Exploring the role of conflict and care in collaborative art practices in and with communities