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Dr. Linda Lorenza

PhD (University of Sydney), M.A. (Theatre) UNSW, Grad Cert. Gifted Education (UNSW), B.A. (Linguistics) Macquarie University, Grad Dip. Education (UNE)
Head of Course - Theatre, Lecturer - Acting and Theatre
School of Education and the Arts
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE), Creative Arts Research Training Academy (CARTA)
Mackay Ooralea
G22 - 11
About Me

Dr Linda Lorenza is qualitative researcher and arts practitioner whose interests are in the performing arts, arts education, and applied arts in health and rehabilitation contexts.

Linda joined CQU in 2019. She is Head of Course for the Bachelor of Theatre degree in which she lectures in acting and theatre studies.

Linda completed her PhD in arts education and curriculum policy at the University of Sydney in 2018. She is recognised for her work in the Australian arts industry at Bell Shakespeare and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. While at Bell Shakespeare she was involved in the Theatrespace longitudinal research study into the influences on young people's attendance at theatre. Her more recent research interests include arts specialist teachers' responses to curriculum change in the arts, the impact of COVID-19 on performing arts tuition in the tertiary sector, undergraduate students' responses to applied theatre projects and overseas collaborative performance experiences.


Linda completed her undergraduate degree in Linguistics at Macquarie University, working in Speech Technology research before studying Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium and later with the Juilliard School. She has performed locally and overseas. Linda taught drama and music in schools for more than a decade and was previously Head of Education for Bell Shakespeare. Linda expanded the theatre company’s educational and outreach programs. Identifying the ongoing need for teacher professional development she initiated the Bell Shakespeare Regional Teacher Mentorship in 2007, and in 2009 secured a partnership with the University of Sydney enabling teachers to include this training in the Masters of Education. Linda also secured government funding to pilot Shakespeare programs in Juvenile Justice centres, another program Bell Shakespeare continues today.

Appointed the Senior Project Officer for the Arts by the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA) Linda facilitated the development of the first national arts curriculum in Australia. The curriculum in five artforms: dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts, was endorsed by all States and Territories for implementation from 2015. Linda has been a Director /Producer with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra where she oversaw the emerging artists program, programmed and produced concerts for schools, families and regional communities and initiated the Young Ambassadors program. In her determination to make symphonic music accessible she enabled primary teachers to perform Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with the orchestra using paper lunchbags!

Linda is an active advocate for arts access and education in regional Australia. In her determination to help people access the arts Linda enabled a Shakespeare program for Mission Australia and has collaborated with the Law faculty at CQU in a social innovation applied theatre project to assist the Darumbal Youth Network in Rockhampton. 

Linda Lorenza was the Councillor for Musical Theatre and Opera for Music Australia, the peak body she represented on the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) Council until the organisation sadly folded in 2021 due to loss of federal funding. Linda continues to advocate for arts education through her teaching and research.

Universities Studied At

University of Sydney

University of NSW

University of New England

Macquarie University

Universities Worked At

University of Sydney

Western Sydney University

Media Citations

  • Federal arts funding package, Radio interview with Paul Culliver, ABC Capricornia, June 25, 2020
  • War in our World, student production, Radio interview with Paul Culliver, ABC Capricornia, June 22, 2020
  • ‘A Mackay CQU lecturer has broken through the Zoom barrier’, War in Our World, Student online production, 7 News Mackay, May 26, 2020
  • Federal budget and the Arts industry, The Morning Bulletin, April 24, 2020

Previous teaching

School of Education, Western Sydney University 2015

Faculty of Education, University of Sydney, 2010

The Macdonald College of Performing Arts, 2002-2005

Professional Experience

Director, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Head of Education, Bell Shakespeare

Senior Project Officer, The Arts, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

Professional Memberships

Music Australia


Drama Australia


Head of Course, Bachelor of Theatre

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3999 Other Education
  • 3901 Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 3699 Other creative arts and writing
  • 3604 Performing arts
  • 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Hybrids and New Creatures: Responding to Place and Environment through Writing New Opera Libretti in Regional Queensland
Associate Supervisor
Master of Arts
Performance Anxiety and 'Post Dramatic' Stress.....Is Feldenkrais the Answer? 
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy - Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Music Performance

Studies In Creative Arts And Writing

Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Music Therapy

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