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Professor of Theatre and Drama, La Trobe University

Professor Peta Tait is an academic scholar and playwright with an extensive background in theatre, dramatic literature, performance theory and creative arts practice. She researches in the interdisciplinary humanities fields of emotions, body theory and gender identity. Professor Tait has authored 4 scholarly books, and edited and co-edited 3 further books, with 60 other publications including articles in Theatre Journal, Modern Drama and Performance Research. She is sole writer of 5 produced plays, co-writer of 2, and writer for 3 contemporary performances.

Professor Tait came to LTU in 1996 and was awarded a personal chair 2004. She was elected to the Executive Board of Performance Studies International 2005-2009, and her visiting professorships include NYU Performance Studies in 2000 and the University of Helsinki in 2010. She regularly receives international invitations to present on circus body phenomenology.

Recent books include the co-edited, The Routledge Circus Studies Reader (Routledge 2016), and Fighting Nature: Travelling Menageries, Animal Acts and War Shows (Sydney University Press 2016)


  • –present
    Professor of Theatre and Drama, La Trobe University