Maryrose Casey is an Associate Professor with the Monash Indigenous Centre. Her research focuses primarily on racialised performances as a site of cross cultural communication and negotiation between communities. Within this focus, her interest is in the initiation and presentation of public performances framed as cultural representations and the ways in which those representations are read and understood and translated into the historical record and social memory through narratives of culture and race. Her interests include both practices within formal performance frames such as theatrical contexts and informal frames such as on the street. Her work bridges performance studies, cultural history and ethnography.
Associate Professor Casey has published extensively on racialized performances in Australia from settlement to the present. Her research has been recognised by a range of national and international awards, fellowships and grants. These include:
- Rob Jordan Prize, 2014. Australasian Association for the study of Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies award for the best book of drama, theatre and performance studies scholarship of the previous 2 years, co-winner. (awarded to Telling Stories ASP 2012) citation: http://www.adsa.edu.au/prizes/rob-jordan-prize/
- Rob Jordan Prize, 2006. Australasian Association for the study of Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies award for the best book of drama, theatre and performance studies scholarship of the previous 2 years. (awarded to Creating Frames: Contemporary Indigenous Theatre, UQP, 2004) citation http://www.adsa.edu.au/prizes/rob-jordan-prize/
- Walter McRae Russell Award, 2005. Association for the Study of Australian Literature award for the best work of literary scholarship in the previous 2 years (co-winner). (awarded to Creating Frames: Contemporary Indigenous Theatre, UQP, 2004)
Awards for Articles
- Marlis Thiersch Award 2014: Honourable Mention. Australasian Association for the study of Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies (ADSA) award for the best article or chapter. ‘Conditions of Recognition: social aesthetics and Aboriginal Australian performance’ Aesthetics, 23 (1) 2013. Citation http://www.adsa.edu.au/prizes/marlis-thiersch-prize/
- Marlis Thiersch Award 2010: Short listed. ADSA award for the best article or chapter. ‘Theatre or Corroboree, what’s in a name? Framing Indigenous Australian nineteenth century commercial performance practices’ in Creating White Australia, (eds) Jane Carey and Claire McLisky, University of Sydney,
- Marlis Thiersch Award 2010: Short listed. ADSA award for the best article or chapter. ‘Ngapartji Ngapartji: Telling Aboriginal Australian Stories’ in Get Real: Documentary Theatre Past and Present. (eds) Chris Megson & Alison Forsyth, Palgrave Macmillan 2009.
- Marlis Thiersch Award 2008: Short listed. ADSA award for the best article or chapter. ‘Carnivalising Sovereignty: Containing Indigenous Protest within the ‘white’ Australian nation’, About Performance 7 2007
Awards for Research
- Dean of Arts Early Career Researcher of the Year Award 2010, Monash University
- Award for Excellence in Early Career Research 2009: Special Commendation Dean of Arts Early Career Researcher of the Year Award, Monash University.
- Award for Excellence in Early Career Research 2007: Honourable Mention. Dean of Arts Early Career Researcher of the Year Award, Monash University.
- Dwight Conquergood Award, 2006. Performance Studies international ECR/artist award for work around cultural performance that approaches ‘ethnographic research as an ethical act, an act of performative witnessing’.
- Buffalo Bill Centre of the West, Resident Fellow 2012-2013
- Australian Research Council Future Fellowship 2011 (2011-2015)
- Monash Research Accelerator Program 2011-12
- National and State Libraries of Australasia Fellowship, 2005
- ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship 2004, (2005- 2007)
Casey undertook her PhD with the Theatre and Drama program at La Trobe University graduating in 2002. Her previous positions have been with the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University, The Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland and the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland.
She has made a substantial contribution to academic administration. She has been the Director of the Theatre, Performance and Music HDR program and held a variety of positions in relation to postgraduates, research and the ERA. She is currently the research co-ordinator for MIC.
She supervisors PhD and MA candidates from practice as research streams in the creative arts to traditional theses examining racialized practices.