Eliza Winstanley, Carte de visite, circa 1860. TCS 19, Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Eliza Winstanley, who died of diabetes and exhaustion in Sydney in 1882, is largely forgotten. But as a leading artist on Australia’s earliest stages she deserves a prominent place in our theatrical histories.
The Australian arts industry is fraught with extreme financial pressures, a highly casualised workforce and endemic competition.
In our competitive and underfunded arts sector, power relationships are ever present. To address power imbalances, major structural change is needed.
As another actor speaks of pressure to look the 'right' way, research reveals that this pressure is prevalent at all levels of the industry.
Amateur hour: a stunning performance by high-school teacher Yalitza Aparicio has earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 2019 Academy Awards.
Director Alfonso Cuarón's gamble on a non-professional has paid off. But how do amateur actors fare once the end credits have rolled?
The author running a theatre workshop with pupils from Bertrams Junior School.
Theatre, offers an experiential engagement with daily acts of placemaking.
Actors are often required to tap profound emotions in their performance, which is one of the reasons for poor mental health in the industry.
While we appreciate an actor's craft on the stage, the deep emotions they draw on in performance take their toll on mental health. Actors need to "take off" their characters to return to normal life.
Harvey Weinstein (third from left) faces allegations, but it’s not just a problem in showbiz.
The nature of the entertainment industry has always made some more vulnerable.
William Hartnell as the original Dr Who.
TV acting has evolved from the early performances of actors like William Hartnell. It's a more subtle craft and quite different from stage acting.
It’s a man’s world.
An expert who has spent 15 years researching the gender pay gap among actors explains.
Andy Serkis as Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes.
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Apes on film once wore monkey suits but today's actors are drawing on techniques of method acting to bring complex, motion captured simian characters to life.
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor.
Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th, and first female, Doctor Who, an announcement that has been a long time coming.
Sandra Bullock in Gravity (2013) portrayed a female protagonist well, but the industry has a long way to go.
Only 10% of films have a gender-balanced cast, and getting more women on screens starts with the screenwriters. The solution can be as simple as giving minor characters female names.
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They came from very different backgrounds, but both Olivia de Havilland and Kirk Douglas have both celebrated their 100th birthdays.
The really remarkable thing about Greig’s Malvolia is not that she is a woman. It is that Greig has completely re-conceived Shakespeare’s character.
We all need a little trip to La La Land.
Monroe never performed in a formal theatre production, despite many key people in her life encouraging her to do so.
Marilyn Monroe was a magnetic film star, but she had the potential to be a truly great stage actress. Clues in her life point to a missed chance: to escape the pressure of Hollywood and blossom as a serious thespian.
Host James Corden performs with all the nominees during the 70th annual Tony Awards.
On the surface – and when compared to the Oscars – the 2016 Tonys looked like a groundbreaking moment for diversity in entertainment. But when it comes to inclusion, Broadway has a long way to go.
The cast of the film ‘Spotlight’ reacts after they won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards.
From Chris Rock's opening monologue to red carpet hits (and misses), our experts analyze key moments from this year's Academy Awards.
An all-white affair?
Just one underrepresented minority was nominated for an Oscar this year. Is that too few? Let's look at the data.
Lear’s mordant images and sonorous cadences throb with dire warning and a sense of imminent catastrophe.
Lear's mordant images and sonorous cadences throb with dire warning and a sense of imminent catastrophe. So what's the play's key message, for current times, with Geoffrey Rush in the title role?