Jane Bergeron is the foundational Theatre Studies coordinator in the School of Arts and Sciences, where she teaches units in the theory and practice of acting, devised and text-based performance and directing. Prior to moving to Australia in 2005, she worked as an actor, director and theatre educator in the US for over twenty years, performing such roles as Eliza in My Fair Lady, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Viola in Twelfth Night. In May 2010, Jane played Anne Askew in the world premiere production of On the Borderline, at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London’s off-West end.
From 1990-2002 Jane served as artistic director of Vintage Repertory Company in Portland, Maine, staging over 40 professional productions of modern and contemporary European and American plays. Directing credits include plays by Chekhov, Pinter, Albee, Moliere, Mamet and Shakespeare.
Jane has conducted workshops and master classes for professional actors in both the UK and the US since 1986, and has presented numerous theatre-making workshops at seminars and conferences internationally since 1992. Investigations into the value of actor training as an interdisciplinary tool led Jane to develop Acting Collaboratively, an interactive professional development program for collaborative lawyers and other professionals, which she has facilitated both in Sydney and abroad. Jane’s current creative research project, The Illustrious Adventuresses, focuses around the lives of two infamous seventeenth century Italian noblewomen, to be staged in the US and then toured internationally in 2013.