Dr Linda Lorenza is a qualitative researcher and arts practitioner whose interests are in the performing arts, arts education, and applied arts in health and rehabilitation contexts. She is Head of Course for the Bachelor of Theatre and teaches theatre, acting and drama. Her professional career spans a number of fields including arts industry management, education policy development, research and academia. Her interdisciplinary research is predominantly associated with applied arts cutting across social innovation and change, regionality, rehabilitation and youth. She uses participatory action research methods and works across disciplines with collaborators from Schools of Business and Law, Social Education and the Arts, Health, Medical and Applied Sciences and Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences. Recently her participatory action research has focussed upon young people and social media.
Linda has considerable experience working within the Australian arts industry and in education policy and curriculum development. Her vast work experience includes Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Curriculum Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA).
Linda's involvement research came early in her career. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree in Linguistics at Macquarie University, she was employed as a research linguist in Speech Technology research, GLASS Consortium, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney.
Linda studied Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium and with the Juilliard School, having performed locally and overseas. She taught drama and music in schools for more than a decade prior to becoming Head of Education for Bell Shakespeare where she 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's applied theatre work included programs for Mission Australia and Young Carers. She successfully acquired government funding to pilot Shakespeare programs in Juvenile Justice centres in 2010, a program which continues today.
At 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. She 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.
University of Sydney
University of NSW
University of New England
University of Sydney
Western Sydney University
Commendation for the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Researcher – Early Career Research for 2022
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
Senior Project Officer/Curriculum Lead: The Arts, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
ACEA Australasian Corrections Education Association
ANATS Australia New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing
APRA/AMCOS Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society
Head of Course, Bachelor of Theatre
Curriculum connections for arts organisation teaching resources
I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:
At the level of Principal Supervisor
Curriculum and Pedagogy - Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Music Performance
Performing Arts and Creative Writing - Music Therapy