Robert Walton is “an original and talented thinker and theatre maker” (The Times, UK), who has created, directed and devised over 30 shows. His work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. A creative trailblazer, Robert has been credited with creating “the world’s first piece of iPad theatre” (The Independent, UK) and has toured his work in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.
Since relocating to Australia in 2011, he has continued to push creative boundaries and develop new and innovative collaborations and partnerships. Robert co-curated the season of Australian dance and performance works for Culture 2014, The XXth Commonwealth Games Glasgow to wide critical acclaim.
In association with Arts House, Robert initiated In Your Hands, a three-year project with four teams of artists and app developers creating new hybrid art works exploring the potential of theatre on mobile devices in public space. With funding from the Australia Council for the Arts Robert co-created Vanitas, an artwork app for smartphones and cemeteries, which forms part of his ongoing research into ‘ubiquitous theatres’ at The University of Melbourne.
Robert trained as a theatre maker at Dartington College of Arts (England) and as a technologist in The University of Glasgow’s Master of Science in Information Technology (Software and Systems) programme. From 2004-2011 Robert was the Lead Programmer for New Work Network (UK), creating the world’s first social networking site for artists.
Robert co-founded and was the co-artistic director of two theatre companies in Glasgow, Reader Performance Group and Fish & Game. In Higher Education he has held the leadership roles of Associate Head of Performance and Programme Leader BA Contemporary Performance Practice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Head of Theatre and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Robert uses his platform as an academic and artist to explore creative partnerships as pathways for the shared creation and dissemination of knowledge, enabling alternative conversations and creative solutions for the grand challenges and wicked problems of our times.
This website is a record of Robert’s projects since he moved to Australia in 2011.
Who am I?
I am an Australian immigrant from the United Kingdom, born in England but of Welsh, Scottish and Manx ancestry living and working on land of the Boonwurung and Wurundjeri people of the Eastern Kulin Nation. I acknowledge, respect and seek to understand the 1000 generations of arts practice that has been danced, sung and shared in the place where I live. My pronouns are he, him and his.
- Rehearsing and performing sustainable and equitable futures
- Radical collaborations, the arts and ‘wicked’ problems, science and art
- Queering, unlearning, decolonizing, resisting and enriching everyday life
- Methods of imagining, knowing, collaborating, making, sensing and feeling
- Immersion, interactivity, play and dreams
- Fusing experimental performance, transmedia experience, live art and AI
- Museums, mobile devices, participation and site-specific adventures
- Animals, wilderness and space
I am currently researching ‘Ubiquitous Theatre: Performance at the site of the smartphone’ for a practice-led PhD at University of Melbourne that will be submitted in 2018.
I’m beginning a new project about the mass imagining of the next century. I’m looking for collaborators expert in: demographics, futurology, smartphones and AR/Mixed Realities. If that’s you, or you want to know more, please get in touch.
Bachelor of Arts with Honours
Dartington College of Arts
Master of Science
Information Technology (Software and Systems)
University of Glasgow
Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Robert works in the Theatre Department of The Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. In 2018 he will be teaching into the Masters of Directing for Performance and the Masters of Dramaturgy. Previously he worked at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Robert Walton’s production attains the fluid potency of a fever-dream
– The Age
A spine-tingling encounter
– The Guardian
A wholly new theatrical experience
– The List
The world’s first piece of iPad theatre. Eerie, unsettling and very, very clever.
– The Independent
An original and talented thinker and theatre-maker
– The Times
A brand new way of looking at the world
– The Stage