Director, Writer, Live Artist and Teacher
Robert Walton is a collaborative artist whose work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. His practice is primarily concerned with the conception, development and production of new work created through dialogue and play. He is a committed teacher and considers the development of performance pedagogies to be part of his artistic practice. He regularly works as a dramaturg and mentor for a wide range of artists. Contact Robert here if you have an idea to run past him. He is very friendly.
Robert’s core studio practice is as a theatre director. However throughout his career he has also created interdisciplinary live art works that are more difficult to categorise including correspondence projects, durational performances, events for small groups or one-to-ones, interactive encounters and work with portable media devices. He has created performances and installations for theatres and galleries in Europe and Australia in addition to a range of pieces for less conventional sites including cafes, restaurants, bars, schools, youth hostels, gardens, national parks, public toilets, shops, supermarkets and streets.
Originally from Burnley in Lancashire, England, Robert studied Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, then lived in Glasgow, Scotland for ten years before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2011. In 2001 Robert co-founded Reader Performance Group and initiated, performed, co-wrote and co-directed all 16 of the group’s works until the company dissolved in 2004. In 2005 Robert co-founded Fish & Game and was co-artisitc director with long term collaborator Eilidh MacAskill until 2013. This website is a record of Robert’s projects since he moved to Australia in 2011.
Robert works in the Theatre Department of The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.