Dr Bernadette Cochrane

Senior Lecturer

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Bernadette Cochrane joined UQ in 2014 as a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance in the School of Communication and Arts. She has taught on historical and contemporary drama, dramaturgical theory and performance-making. Her current teaching responsiblities include particular reference to European theatre of the twentieth-century, and directing and dramaturgy. Bernadette, as part of the UQ Drama team, was received the 2018 Award for Programs that Enhance Learning for the "UQ Drama: Building Pathways to Creative Careers" project. In 2016, again as part of the UQ Drama team, she received a Commendation for Teaching Excellence, Prior to joining UQ, Bernadette was a freelance arts worker with a particular focus on directing and dramaturgy. Bernadette completed her dramaturgical PhD at the University of Queensland in 2013.

Her co-edited anthology New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice was published by Methuen in 2014. She is a major contributor to The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Directors and Directing, edited by Maria Delgado and Simon Williams. Bernadette is a member of the Translation, Adaptation, and Dramaturgy Working Group of the International Federation of Theatre Research. She is also a Board Member for the Migrant Dramaturgies Network - the international research network developed in partnership with New Tides Platform (UK) and the Centre for Theatre Research at the University of Lisbon, Portugal - which explores emerging dramaturgies of theatrical responses to migration in light of recent migration and shifts in global politics and economics. Bernadette is currently researching the intersection of live performance, cinema, institutional dramaturgies, and cultural production; and contemporary theatrical representations of Otherness.

Bernadette welcomes applications for higher research degree supervision in: directing, dramaturgy, Early Modern performance practice; theatre and the digital humanities; liveness in contemporary performance, and theatrical cultural production.

Research Interests

  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatre directing and directors
  • The live relay/the broadcast of arts events/digital humanities
  • Contemporary theatre practice
  • Adaptation
  • Theatre history

Research Impacts

2016 “Mediating Authorship: The Live Relay and Postdramatic Mediaturgies”. Invited speaker for the Postdramatic Mediaturgies conference which was part of the interuniversity project on "Literature and Media Innovation: The Question of Genre Transformations" for the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) (Brussels, Ohio State and Université du Québec à Montréal.)

2017 “(Re)mediating Remains of Authorship” . Invited speaker for “Theatre Workings” the public seminar series run by the Central School of Speech and Drama

2018 Board Member, Migrant Dramaturgies Network. An international research network composed of academics, theatre-makers and arts organisations. https://migrantdramaturgies.tumblr.com


  • Master of Arts (Shakespearean Studies), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Lennox, Gabrielle and Cochrane, Bernadette (2021). Playing the field: an interdisciplinary approach to immersive theatre. Undergraduate research in theatre: a guide for students. (pp. 177-180) London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003023807-15

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2018). Blurring the lines: adaptation, transmediality, intermediality and screened performance. The Routledge companion to adaptation. (pp. 340-348) edited by Dennis Cutchins, Katja Krebs and Eckart Voigts. Abingdon, Oxon, United States: Routledge.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2018). Blurring the lines: adaptation, transmediality, intermediality and screened performance. The Routledge companion to adaptation. (pp. 340-348) Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781315690254

  • Trencsényi, Katalin and Cochrane, Bernadette (2014). Afterword: in lieu of a conclusion. New dramaturgy: international perspectives on theory and practice. (pp. 243-244) edited by Katalin Trencsényi and Bernadette Cochrane. London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury.

  • Trencsényi, Katalin and Cochrane, Bernadette (2014). Foreword. New Dramaturgy: international perspectives on theory and practice. (pp. xi-xx) edited by Katalin Trencsényi and Bernadette Cochrane. London, United Kingdom: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

  • Cochrane, Bernadette (2020). "Liminality" in Invisible Diaries. London, United Kingdom: Dramaturg's Network.

  • Trenscényi, Katalin, Cochrane, Bernadette, Carleton, Stephen and Kelly, Kathryn (2019). New dramaturgy: a roundtable. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

  • Bernadette Cochrane, Trencsényi, Katalin, Campbell, Alyson and Dorney, Marcel (2019). New dramaturgy: a roundtable. Melbourne, Australia: Victorian College of the Arts.

  • Cochrane, Bernadette, Trenscényi, Katalin, Campbell, Alyson, Carleton, Stephen, Dorney, Marcel and Kelly, Kathryn (2019). New Dramaturgies. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

  • Musca, Szabolcs, Parmiani, Lara, McFadden, Becka, Cochrane, Bernadette, Angelaki, Vicky, Jeffers, Alison, Correa, Graca and Paire, Roxanne (2019). Migrations: Harbour Europe. London, United Kingdom: Migrant Dramaturgies Network.

  • Cochrane, Mary (2013). Dramaturgy, playtext and structure. PhD Thesis, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, The University of Queensland.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision