Professor Anne Pender

Professor - School of Arts

Anne Pender

Phone: +61 2 6773 3248



Anne Pender is Professor of English and Theatre Studies and was Australian Research Council Future Fellow from 2012-2016.


BA (Hons) (ANU), GradDip (Macquarie), EdM (Harvard), PhD (UNSW)


Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Australasian Drama Studies Association

Consultancy Interests

Recent Projects

Australian Research Council Future Fellowship 2012-2016. Project Title: 'Players: The Lives and Work of the Actors Who Created the National Theatre of Australia 1950-2012'

Member of the National Advisory Board AustLit 2015

Member Reading Australia Educational Steering Group 2012 - Ongoing

Australian National Data Service Research Grant 2015, Digital Futures in the Arts:  Discovering and Preserving Australian Plays, The Campbell Howard Collection

Anne was DEEWR Visiting Distinguished Professor in Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2011-12

Australian Research Council Discovery Project 2008-2010 'Reverse Diaspora: Australian Expatriate Writers in Britain since the 1830's'

Australian Research Council Discovery Project 2007-2009 'A Study of Australia's most popular internationally-known comedian, Barry Humphries'

Australian Television Drama

Teaching Areas

English, Theatre and Performance, and Writing.

Research Interests

Contemporary Australian literature, theatre and performance; Twentieth century Australian literature, theatre and performance; Writing for television; British modernism.


Recent Publications

Anne Pender book covers

‘Players’, A Series of Biographical Essays, AustLit Online, 2016

  • ‘The Art of the Theatre: Helmut Bakaitis’
  • ‘Strindberg for Breakfast: Elspeth Ballantyne’
  • ‘Wendy Blacklock and the Transformation of Australian Theatre’
  • ‘I am a Camera: Julia Blake’
  • ‘Mr John Clarke: New Zealand Boy’
  • ‘The Barry Creyton Show’
  • ‘Max’s Method: Max Cullen’
  • ‘Mags: the Magic and Mesmerising Maggie Dence’
  • ‘The Boy’s Sheer Poetry: Alan Hopgood’
  • ‘Denise Scott: An Extraordinary Woman’
  • ‘Tony Sheldon: Child of the Theatre, Broadway Star’
  • ‘Henri Szeps: It’s My Party – Acting for Life’
  • ‘Strong Actor: Nick Tate’
  • ‘I’m Very Stella: Jacki Weaver

‘Learning to Act: Tony Sheldon’s Emotional Training in Australian Theatre’, Humanities, 5, 72, pp. 1-10, 2016.

‘Theatre Animals: Sumner Locke Elliott's Invisible Circus’, Australasian Drama Studies, 68, April, pp. 54-74, 2016.

Good Works: An Introduction, in Good Works, by Nick Enright, Currency Press, Sydney, pp. vii-xiii, 2015.

‘Worlds Within: Hayes Gordon, Zika Nester, Henri Szeps and the Transformations of Australian Theatre’, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 15, 3, pp. 1-12, 2015.

Actors and Heroes:  My Brother Jack and the Great War on Television, Metro Magazine, No 184, Autumn 2015, pp. 96-101.

Portraits of Actors:  Elspeth Ballantyne, Julia Blake and the Challenges of Biography, About Performance, No 13, 2015, pp.165-182, 2015.

'Eat, Pray, Laugh!': Barry Humphries, Reg Livermore and Cross-dressed Australian Burlesque, Australasian Drama Studies, Vol 63, October, pp. 69-83, 2013.

From a Distant Shore: Australian writers in Britain 1820-2012, by Bruce Bennett and Anne Pender, Monash University Publishing, 2013.

'Kerry Walker, Patrick White and the Faces of Australian Modernism', Coolabah (9), p. 75-87, 2012.

One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries, ABC Books, 2010.

"The Rude Rudiments of Satire‚: Barry Humphries‚ Humour", A Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour, ed. Peter Kirkpatrick and Fran de Groen, UQP, pp. 189-201, 2009.

Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright, co-edited with Susan Lever, Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York, 2008.

"Nick Enright: A Life in Theatre", Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright. ed Anne Pender and Susan Lever, Amsterdam/New York, pp. 17-26, 2008.

"Summer Rain: Sweet Nostalgia", (co-authored with Susan Lever) Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright. ed Anne Pender and Susan Lever, Amsterdam/New York, pp. 173-184, 2008.

"Modernist Madonnas: Dororthy Todd, Madge Garland and Virginia Woolf", in Women's History Review, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 519-533, 2007.

Christina Stead Satirist, Common Ground, Melbourne, 2002.