A/Pr Janet McDonald


A/Pr Janet McDonald
NameA/Pr Janet McDonald
Email Addressjanet.mcdonald@unisq.edu.au
Job TitleAssociate Professor (Theatre Studies)
QualificationsDipT BrisbaneCAE, BA QUT, MA QUT, PhD Arizona SU
DepartmentSchool of Creative Arts
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6006-4941
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Biography

Associate Professor Janet McDonald received her PhD from Arizona State University in 1999. She was a high school drama teacher from 1987-1995 and continues to support and research educational theatre/drama projects with young people in regional Queensland. McDonald was Head of School, Creative Arts (2008-2013) USQ, and, more recently the Associate Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Success for the School (2019-2023). McDonald has extensive experiencing in Chairing small-to-medium management committees, and positively affecting board governance; her work in enabling young people in the arts was recognised in her role as Chair of Youth Arts Queensland (2008-2012), the State’s former peak body for youth arts. She served as the USQ Representative on the Flying Arts Alliance Management Committee (2008-2012), President of the Arts Council Toowoomba (2016 – 2020) and as a member of the Queensland Museum’s Friends of Cobb&Co Group in Toowoomba (2013- 2021). She regularly assists Regional Arts Australia and Arts Queensland in assessing a wide variety of grants for use in enhancing the arts and communities of regional Queenslanders. In 2020, McDonald was co-winner of a USQ Research Excellence Award for quality publication success, and Team Leader on the inaugural Excellence Award for Leadership of Learning and Teaching at USQ (2021). She and her teaching partner, Dr Darryl Chalk are co-recipients of an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2009). She is a current member of the Board of Fellows of King’s College and a member of the King’s College Council, St Lucia, Brisbane.

Employment

PositionOrganisationFromTo
Associate Professor, Theatre StudiesSchool of Creative Arts, University of Southern Qld19992024

Expertise

L&T Theatre, embodiment, reflective practice, practice-led projects, body studies

Teaching

HDR supervisions

Fields of Research

  • 360299. Creative and professional writing not elsewhere classified
  • 360499. Performing arts not elsewhere classified
DipT
BrisbaneCAE
1987
BA
QUT
1992
MA
QUT
1994
PhD
Arizona SU
1999

Current Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCommenced
Exploring How Television Production is Delivered in Tertiary EducationPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2024
Martial Arts as Therapy Onscreen: Battles of the mind and body via affirming representation of martial art therapy interventions portrayed on screenPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
The Embodied Creative: The application of Shamanism in the Creative ProcessAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
Exploring how genuine arts integration can enhance quality learning experiences in the primary classroomAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
The State of Subsidised Youth Arts in Australia.Principal SupervisorDoctoral2021
The Application of Classical Verse Speaking Structures in the Training of an Actors VoiceAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2021
The process of adaptation in collaboration: How creating a libretto (adapted from a children's story with fairy tale elements) in collaboration with a composer informs and changes the writing process and the creative outcome.Associate SupervisorDoctoral2020
Fostering Child Artist Identity in the Home Learning EnvironmentAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2019
Lost Signifiers: A practice-led enquiry into the complex grief of parents of adult drug users using Art therapy to elicit and symbolise the unspeakable and then analyse in writing through a psychoanalytic framework to facilitate healing.Principal SupervisorDoctoral2019
Fandom Files: Fictocriticism, Fanfiction and Creative Writing PedagogyAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2019

Completed Supervisions

Research TitleSupervisor TypeLevel of StudyCompleted
The Impacts and Implications of Community Planning on Resilience in Rural and Regional CommunitiesPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
Jiu Jitsu as a Lived Body: A Triadic Composition of Embodied PracticePrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2023
THE CHALLENGE  OF  PINK :  SUBVERTING  THE CURRENT BREAST CANCER  AWARENESS  PARADIGM THROUGH VISUAL AND ORAL STORYTELLINGPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2022
Scratching the surface: self-portraits and self-representationPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2022
A film editor's point of view (POV): exploring 'planes of meaning' in film editing/makingPrincipal SupervisorDoctoral2020
Resilience and wellbeing through photography: How might images influence community capacity building?Principal SupervisorDoctoral2019
The Mother-Artist Model: Transforming maternal regionalism through art practice and creative communitiesAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2019
The relevance of dance in tertiary education: An Australian work-based perspectiveAssociate SupervisorDoctoral2018

Barracuda's Freak Bodies and Elite Swimming in Australia

Gildersleeve, Jessica and McDonald, Janet. 2022. "Barracuda's Freak Bodies and Elite Swimming in Australia." Journal of Australian Studies. 46 (1), pp. 98-111. https://doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2022.2027806

Connecting Art with the Curriculum: Providing Australian Regional, Rural and Remote Teachers with Professional Development through Visual Arts

Baguley, Margaret, Kerby, Martin, O'Toole, John, Farrer, Kerryanne and MacDonald, Janet. 2022. "Connecting Art with the Curriculum: Providing Australian Regional, Rural and Remote Teachers with Professional Development through Visual Arts." Australian Art Education. 43 (1), pp. 54-78.

Empire Youth Arts: a 10 year overview. A commissioned report

Palani, Ari, McDonald, Janet and Wedmaier, Jeanette. 2021. Empire Youth Arts: a 10 year overview. A commissioned report. Toowoomba, Australia. Empire Theatre.

Performance 'Training' in the Dirt: Facilitating Belonging in a Regional Community Musical Theatre Event

Burton, David and McDonald, Janet. 2021. "Performance 'Training' in the Dirt: Facilitating Belonging in a Regional Community Musical Theatre Event." Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 12 (3), pp. 425-439. https://doi.org/10.1080/19443927.2021.1943508

'Mad, Muddy, Mess of Eels': Modern Theatre and Patrick White's Sensuous Dramaturgy

McDonald, Janet. 2021. "'Mad, Muddy, Mess of Eels': Modern Theatre and Patrick White's Sensuous Dramaturgy." Gildersleeve, Jessica (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Australian Literature. New York; London. Routledge. pp. 75-82

The clown and the king: undergraduate actor training and wellbeing

McDonald, Janet, Alderdice, Scott and Cutcliffe, Katrina. 2019. "The clown and the king: undergraduate actor training and wellbeing." Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 10 (1), pp. 68-84. https://doi.org/10.1080/19443927.2018.1494036

Creating a community of practice in a practice-led PhD

Peters, Sarah A. and McDonald, Janet A.. 2019. "Creating a community of practice in a practice-led PhD." Machin, Tanya M., Clara, Marc and Danaher, Patrick A. (ed.) Traversing the doctorate: reflections and strategies from students, supervisors and administrators. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 217-235

Combat cinematography: interpreting the cinematographic form of combat realism

Maddock, Daniel. 2019. "Combat cinematography: interpreting the cinematographic form of combat realism." Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 447-465

The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States, and Australasia

Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet (ed.) 2019. The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States, and Australasia. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan.

The theatre of war: rememoration and the horse

McDonald, Janet. 2019. "The theatre of war: rememoration and the horse." Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 535-551

Write Propaganda, Shut Up or Fight: Philip Gibbs and the Western Front

Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and MacDonald, Abbey. 2019. "Write Propaganda, Shut Up or Fight: Philip Gibbs and the Western Front ." Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 219-236

Australian war memorials: a nation reimagined

Kerby, Martin, Bywaters, Malcom and Baguley, Margaret. 2019. "Australian war memorials: a nation reimagined." Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 553-573

Conclusion

Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet. 2019. "Conclusion." Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 575-576

Introduction: Artistic and Cultural Responses to War

Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet. 2019. "Introduction: Artistic and Cultural Responses to War ." Kerby, Martin, Baguley, Margaret and McDonald, Janet (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of artistic and cultural responses to war since 1914: the British Isles, the United States and Australasia. Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-20

Landscape and memory: an exhibition at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery

Kerby, Martin and McDonald, Janet. 2018. "Landscape and memory: an exhibition at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery." Australian Art Education. 39 (2), pp. 236-267.

Landscape and memory: Frank Hurley and a nation imagined - Contemporary Art Exhibition - [Catalogue]

Kerby, Martin and McDonald, Janet. 2018. Landscape and memory: Frank Hurley and a nation imagined - Contemporary Art Exhibition - [Catalogue]. Toowoomba, Australia.

'It Came Upon a Midday Clear - The Battle of Jerusalem 1917' artwork featured in the group exhibition Landscape and memory: Frank Hurley and a nation imagined

Baguley, Margaret, Kerby, Martin and McDonald, Janet. 2018. 'It Came Upon a Midday Clear - The Battle of Jerusalem 1917' artwork featured in the group exhibition Landscape and memory: Frank Hurley and a nation imagined. Toowoomba, Australia.

Harnessing the Bohemian: artists as innovation partners in rural and remote communities by Peter Skippington

McDonald, Janet Alison. 2018. "Harnessing the Bohemian: artists as innovation partners in rural and remote communities by Peter Skippington." Journal of Australian Studies. 42 (1), pp. 132-133. https://doi.org/10.1080/14443058.2018.1426335

Iced vovos: a one act play [Play script]

McDonald, Janet and Baker, Dallas. 2018. Iced vovos: a one act play [Play script]. United kingdom. Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.1080/14790726.2017.1417446

Wellbeing and arts education: opportunities for increasing advocacy

McDonald, Janet Alison, Aprill, Arnold, Mills, Deborah and Kerby, Martin. 2017. "Wellbeing and arts education: opportunities for increasing advocacy." Australian Art Education. 38 (1), pp. 93-107.

Wellbeing in classroom arts collaborations

McDonald, Janet, Aprill, Arnold and Mills, Deborah. 2017. "Wellbeing in classroom arts collaborations." Barton, Georgina and Baguley, Margaret (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of global arts education. United Kingdom. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 383-398

The museum diorama: caught between art and history

Kerby, Martin, MacDonald, Abbey, McDonald, Janet and Baguley, Margaret. 2017. "The museum diorama: caught between art and history." Australian Art Education. 38 (2), pp. 354-371.

Same but different: growing new audiences for the performing arts in regional Australia

Scollen, Rebecca. 2015. "Same but different: growing new audiences for the performing arts in regional Australia." McDonald, Janet and Mason, Robert (ed.) Creative communities: regional inclusion & the arts. Bristol, United Kingdom. Intellect Books. pp. 219-235

Art in response to crisis: drought, flood and the regional community

Mason, Andrew. 2015. "Art in response to crisis: drought, flood and the regional community." McDonald, Janet and Mason, Robert (ed.) Creative communities: regional inclusion & the arts. Bristol, United Kingdom. Intellect Books. pp. 121-134

Artist-run initiatives as liminal incubatory arts practice

McDonald, Janet Alison. 2015. "Artist-run initiatives as liminal incubatory arts practice." McDonald, Janet Alison and Mason, Robert (ed.) Creative communities: regional inclusion & the arts. Bristol, United Kingdom. Intellect Books. pp. 207-218

Introduction [to Creative communities: regional inclusion & the arts]

McDonald, Janet and Mason, Robert. 2015. "Introduction [to Creative communities: regional inclusion & the arts]." McDonald, Janet Alison and Mason, Robert (ed.) Creative communities: regional inclusion & the arts. Bristol, United Kingdom. Intellect Books. pp. 2-10

Creative communities: regional inclusion & the arts

McDonald, Janet and Mason, Robert (ed.) 2015. Creative communities: regional inclusion & the arts. Bristol, United Kingdom. Intellect Books.

Three perspectives on a collaborative, whole-of-program process of curriculum change

Hammer, Sara, McDonald, Janet and Forbes, Melissa. 2014. "Three perspectives on a collaborative, whole-of-program process of curriculum change." Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability. 5 (1), pp. 47-62.

Tall tales and other adventures (Exhibition Catalogue)

Batorowicz, Beata, Pedersen, Courtney, McDonald, Janet, Scollen, Rebecca, Campbell, Ashleigh and Callaghan, Catharine. 2014. Tall tales and other adventures (Exhibition Catalogue).

Fostering an interdisciplinary learning environment through core 3rd-year courses in a revised BCA

McDonald, Janet. 2009. "Fostering an interdisciplinary learning environment through core 3rd-year courses in a revised BCA." Wilson, Stephanie and Watson, Karin (ed.) Curriculum development in studio teaching. Sydney, Australia. Australian Learning and Teaching Council Limited. pp. 29-36

Cultural catchments project final report

McDonald, Janet. 2008. Cultural catchments project final report. Toowoomba. University of Southern Queensland.

Muscular christians and drama faggots: observing a queering pedagogy beyond the binary in all-boys schools

McDonald, Janet. 2007. "Muscular christians and drama faggots: observing a queering pedagogy beyond the binary in all-boys schools." Journal of Artistic and Creative Education. 1 (2), pp. 5-23.

Comfort the disturbed.... disturb the comfortable: queering pedagogy and transmutations

McDonald, Janet. 2007. "Comfort the disturbed.... disturb the comfortable: queering pedagogy and transmutations." Beyond Tolerance: 2007 Diversity in Education One Day Conference. Lismore, Australia 24 Aug 2007

Living data in the Lower Balonne: cultural enablement or cultural imposition?

McDonald, Janet. 2007. "Living data in the Lower Balonne: cultural enablement or cultural imposition?" Studies in Learning Evaluation Innovation and Development. 4 (1), pp. 79-90.

Boys at gender-play inside the muscular Christian ideal

McDonald, Janet. 2007. "Boys at gender-play inside the muscular Christian ideal." Boyhood Studies. 1 (1), pp. 84-94.

Queering the representation of the masculine 'West' in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain

McDonald, Janet. 2007. "Queering the representation of the masculine 'West' in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain." Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review. 3 (2), pp. 79-85.

Balancing the 'town and gown': the risky business of creating youth theatre in regional Queensland

McDonald, Janet. 2006. "Balancing the 'town and gown': the risky business of creating youth theatre in regional Queensland." International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning. 2 (2), pp. 6-13.

Cultural Catchments Project

McDonald, J.. 2006. Cultural Catchments Project. Toowoomba, Australia.

Playful trangressions: male drama teachers in elite boys' schools

McDonald, Janet. 2006. "Playful trangressions: male drama teachers in elite boys' schools." Kiernander, Adrian, Bollen, Jonathan and Parr, Bruce (ed.) What a man's gotta do?: masculinities in performance. Armidale, NSW, Australia. University of New England. pp. 136-151

Que-rious impositions: reflections on the pedagogy at the core of a regional youth theatre in Queensland, Australia

McDonald, Janet. 2005. "Que-rious impositions: reflections on the pedagogy at the core of a regional youth theatre in Queensland, Australia." NJ Drama Australia Journal. 29 (2), pp. 83-90.

QUE project

McDonald, Janet. 2005. QUE project.