Dr Lara Stevens
Research Fellow in Theatre and Performance Studies
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Dr Lara Stevens is a MSSI Research Fellow and a lecturer and researcher in the School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts. She is a theatre and performance studies scholar with specialisations in political theatre, ecofeminist performance art and ecological theatre and performance. Lara is passionate about ecofeminism, particularly the work of Australian pioneers of ecofeminist thought – Val Plumwood, Freya Mathews, Ariel Salleh and Deborah Bird Rose. Lara has taught courses on ecofeminism in the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy and run high school workshops. On 10 and 11 May 2019, Lara will perform a one-woman live art piece – Not Now, Not Ever – as part of the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival. The show explores the nature of the human-animal and the political animal through the live performance of breast feeding on stage and imagines the future for women on a warming planet.
Lara is the author of the book Anti-War Theatre After Brecht: Dialectical Aesthetics in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), editor and translator of Politics, Ethics and Performance: Hélène Cixous and the Théâtre du Soleil (Re.press, 2016), and co-editor of Feminist Ecologies: Changing Environments in the Anthropocene (Palgrave, 2018) with Peta Tait and Denise Varney. A full list of her publications can be found here.