Professor Adrian Kiernander

Emeritus Professor - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Adrian Kiernander

Phone: +61 2 6773 3755



Adrian Kiernander was Professor of Theatre & Performance at UNE from 1993 to 2014. Prior to that he taught theatre and worked as a director at the University of Queensland and Victoria University of Wellington. He has been a regular theatre and opera critic for The Australian and The Bulletin. He has directed over 50 theatre and opera productions, and in 1984 received a French Government scholarship to study in France with Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil. He has published a book on the work of Mnouchkine and her company in the Cambridge University Press "Directors in Perspective" series. His current teaching and research interests include areas of nineteenth and twentieth century Australian theatre history, especially physical theatre and dance theatre, and representations of masculinity in Australian theatre. He is currently an Executive member of the Australasian Drama Studies Association, and Chair of the Council of Heads of Australian University Theatre Studies Institutions. He is a member of the editorial board of Australasian Drama Studies, and has served on the Drama Examinations Committee of the NSW Board of Studies.


MA, PhD (Auckland)


Selected Productions

Othello (Shakespeare) University of New England
(Lyly) University of New England and The Armidale School.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare) Wellington Summer Shakespeare
The Bakkhai (Euripides) University of Queensland.
Salome (Wilde) University of Queensland.
The Tempest (Shakespeare) University of Queensland.
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai) Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Stalwart the Bushranger (Harpur) University of Queensland.
The Ghost Sonata (Strindberg) University of Queensland.
Dreams in an Empty City (Sewell) Ad Hoc.
Masses and Man (Toller) University of Queensland.
Waituhi (Ross Harris) State Opera House, Wellington.
Recital I (Berio) Victoria University.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare) Victoria University.
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) National Opera of New Zealand.
The Soldier's Tale (Stravinsky) and Fanny Robin (Harper) Victoria University.
Hamlet (Shakespeare) Auckland University.
The Human Voice (Cocteau) New Independent Theatre.
The Balcony (Genet) Auckland University.
The Night of the Iguana (Williams) New Independent Theatre.
Creditors (Strindberg) Theatre Co-op.
Canterbury (Chaucer,adapt.) Auckland University.
A Game at Chesse (Middleton) Theatre Corporate.
The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising (Grass) Auckland University.