Degrees/Diplomas: MA Asian Studies, Monash University, Australia (1991), PhD in Japanese Studies (theatre), Monash University, Australia, (1999)
Peter Eckersall is a pioneering researcher in Japanese theatre and dramaturgy and contemporary performance. He previously taught at the University of Melbourne and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo, Rikkyo University, and the University of Copenhagen. Eckersall, who teaches courses on the performing arts in Asia and on theatre theory, is working on a project to theorize the work of Japanese media-performance pioneers Dumb Type.
Eckersall’s recent publications include We’re People Who Do Shows: Back to Back Theatre—Performance, Politics, Visibility (coedited with Helena Grehan, Performance Research Books, 2013); Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era (coauthored with Denise Varney, Barbara Hatley, and Chris Hudson, Palgrave, 2013); and Performativity and Event in 1960s Japan: City, Body, Memory (Palgrave, 2013). His current project New media dramaturgy: How new media transform the composition and reception of live performance is funded by the Australian Research Council. He is a visiting fellow in the Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures, Berlin; resident dramaturg for Not Yet It’s Difficult, a contemporary performance group based in Melbourne; and coconvenor of the Dramaturgy and Performance Studies Working Group at Performance Studies International (PSi), and was cofounder of Dramaturgies. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian studies from Monash University in Melbourne.