Ms Jane Bergeron
BEd. (Drama) (London), MFA Theatre Education - Acting (Boston)
Senior Lecturer and Discipline Head

Email: Jane.Bergeron@nd.edu.au
Phone: 02 8204 4105

Biography
Jane Bergeron is foundation coordinator of the Theatre Studies program at UNDA Sydney. She is a 2012 recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Initiatives that Enhance Student Learning, and she was awarded a 2014 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Government's Office of Learning & Teaching.

Prior to moving to Australia in 2005, Jane worked in the UK and the US as an actor, director and theatre educator. For ten years, she was artistic director of Vintage Repertory Company in the US, staging over 40 productions of classic and contemporary American and European plays. Directing credits include plays by Chekhov, Pinter, Albee, Moliere, Mamet and Shakespeare.

Acting credits include My Fair Lady (Eliza), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie) and Twelfth Night (Viola), among many others. In 2010, Jane played Anne Askew in the world premiere production of On the Borderline at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London’s off-West End. Jane’s most recent performance work is Possessions which is the culmination of a three-year research project centred on the memoirs of two infamous Italian noblewomen, Hortense and Marie Mancini, who lived at the court of Louis XIV. Possessions, which she co-wrote and produced, debuted at Boston Playwrights' Theatre in the US in 2013, and at King Street Theatre in Sydney in 2014.
Teaching Area
Jane teaches and convenes the following units: Theory & Practice of Acting I; Theory & Practice of Acting II; Devised Production Workshop; Text-based Production Workshop; Fundamentals of Directing
Research Expertise and Supervision
Jane has supervised the following Practice-led Honours projects:
  • How Does a Director Create Meaningful Theatre? An Exploration through Harold Pinter's Family Voices, 2013
  • Suicide Through the Artistic Veil/Original Creative Work: Boy and Moon, 2012
  • Anorexia Nervosa: A Theatrical Exploration through Fairy Tales/Original Creative Work: Possessed, 2010

 

Research and engagement

Journal articles and proceedings
Bergeron, J. Playing Shakespeare, Journal of Education in the Dramatic Arts, Vol 12 No 2, 2006
Conference papers
Bergeron, J. & Quinn, C. The Illustrious Adventuresses: A Theatrical Exploration of the ‘Other’ Voice in Early Modern Europe, Seeing Writing and Reading Performance Across Cultures, ASDF Monash University, 2011

Bergeron, J. Acting Collaboratively, Material Inventions Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne 2010
Original Creative Works
Bergeron, J & Quinn, C. (2013) Possessions (Stage Play)
Live Performances
Bergeron, J & Quinn, C. (2014) Possessions. Escape Artists Theatre Co., King Street Theatre, Sydney, Australia

Bergeron, J & Quinn, C. (2013) Possessions. Escape Artists Theatre Co., Boston Playwrights Theatre, Boston, USA

Armand, C. (2010) On the Borderline. Directed by Clara Armand. Bloomsbury Theatre. London W.C.1, UK
Curated Exhibitions or Events
2014: Mediaeval Festival: Keeping Up with the Pilgrims: a multi-disciplinary event, coordinated along with Dr. Renee Kohler-Ryan (Senior lecturer, Philosophy), Dr Karen McCluskey (Senior lecturer and discipline head, History) and Mr. Michael Pigott (Lecturer, Theatre Studies). Throughout the semester, Philosophy, Theatre Studies and History students all focused on the central theme of pilgrimage through analysis of a common text: Geoffrey Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' (end 14th century). Final works presented at the festival included: mediaeval disputations (philosophy), digital media projects on relevant mediaeval objects (history) and a performance of the Canterbury Tales (theatre). Combining in-class learning, interdisciplinary exchanges and discipline-specific resources, the collaboration provided a successful model for cutting edge, interactive teaching and learning;

2007: Hosted Drama NSW: Riding the Wave Conference on the newly-established UNDA Sydney campus; delivered professional development workshop: Teaching Shakespeare; UNDA theatre students presented a performance of The Cagebirds to conference participants, all high school drama teachers;
In the Media
June 14th, 2013: The Boston Globe (art + performance editorial): Lives that Fuelled the 17th-century Rumor Mill, by Joel Brown;
Professional affiliations
Member: Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA)
Co-artistic Director: Escape Artists Theatre Company, New York/Sydney
Community Engagement
  • 2012: BEAMS Arts Festival Chippendale; organised and presented site-specific movement performance by UNDA theatre students; over 7000 people attended the event held in the Chippendale lanes;
  • 2011: Emcee: Chippendale Creative Precinct Quarterly Networking Event, UNDA Sydney campus;
  • 2011: Emcee: UNDA Annual Alumni Party: presented UNDA theatre production: "The Magic of Christmas", UNDA Sydney campus;
  • 2010: Emcee: UNDA Annual Alumni Party;
  • 2008: Steering Committee: City of Sydney Art and About Festival: "Chippendale Behind Closed Doors";
Awards
  • 2014 Winner: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, The Australian Government's Office of Learning & Teaching;
  • 2013: Boston Playwrights Theatre Black Box Fellowship (providing support for the development and production of new plays), Boston, USA;
  • 2012 Winner: Vice Chancellor’s Award for Initiatives that Enhance Student Learning;
  • 2012: Ko Festival of Performance, Amherst College, USA, Playwriting Residency
  • 2001-2003 Teaching Fellowship, Boston University College of Fine Arts, Boston, USA