Linda completed her PhD in arts education and curriculum policy at the University of Sydney in 2018 and in 2019 Linda joined CQU. Linda is qualitative researcher who focusses on work related to the arts, arts education and applied arts. 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 teachers' responses to curriculum change in the arts, the impact of COVID-19 on performing arts tuition in the tertiary sector and undergraduate students' responses to overseas collaborative performance experiences.
Linda research interests are in the arts, arts education, and applied arts in health and rehabilitation contexts.
Linda is a unit coordinator on the Bachelor of Theatre degree in which she lectures in acting and theatre studies.
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 Lorenza is the Councillor for Musical Theatre and Opera for Music Australia, the peak body she represents on the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) Council. She is an active advocate for arts access and education in regional Australia.
University of Sydney
University of NSW
University of New England
University of Sydney
Western Sydney University
School of Education, Western Sydney University 2015
Faculty of Education, University of Sydney, 2010
The Macdonald College of Performing Arts, 2002-2005
Director, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Head of Education Bell Shakespeare
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Associate Supervisor
Curriculum and Pedagogy - Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Music Performance
Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Music Therapy