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Dr Vahri McKenzie

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9780 7809, Email:, Campus: South West, Room: BU5.137
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7809
Campus: South West  
Room: BU5.137  


Vahri is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University's South West Campus.

Awards and recognition

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2016 - ECU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Engagement in Learning and Teaching

Research Areas and Interests

  • Theories and practices of writing
  • Theories and practices of contemporary performing arts
  • Artistic research design and methodologies
  • Artistic responses to science and technology


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in English, The University of Western Australia, 2004.


Recent Research Grants

  • New Work in the House - Commissioning,  Bunbury Regional Theatre Inc,  Grant,  2017 - 2018,  $15,000.
  • The Other Writing Group,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $3,644.
  • Case Studies and Vignettes: A social work - arts collaboration,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $12,470.
  • Only the Envelope: An artistic exercise in data retention investigates our complicity in sharing personal information in the public sphere,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016 - 2017,  $4,555.
  • Moving Knowledge: using memory and music to investigate choreographic processes,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2014,  2014 - 2015,  $5,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • McKenzie, V., (2017), Dancing With a Bullet: Moving into Memory with Music. Performing the Remembered Present: The Cognition of Memory in Dance, Theatre and Music, 197-223, London, New York, Methuen Drama.

Journal Articles

  • McKenzie, V., (2018), Only the Envelope: artistic interpretations of eye-tracking imagery. Journal for Artistic Research, 15(n/a), n/a, Society for Artistic Research, DOI: 10.22501/jar.332658.
  • Boxall, K., McKenzie, V., Henderson, G., Aishath, S., Mazza, D., (2018), Reimagining social work case studies: a social work—creative writing collaboration. Social Work Education, 37(7), 881-894, London, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2018.1458831.
  • McKenzie, V., (2017), Only the Envelope: Opening Up Participation, Surveillance, and Consent in Performance. Performance Matters, 3(2), 57-71, Vancouver, Canada, Simon Fraser University.
  • McKenzie, V., (2017), Only the Envelope: An Artistic Exercise in Data Retention. PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research, 1(2), Article 5, Boulder, Colorado, USA, University of Colorado Boulder.
  • McKenzie, V., (2017), Placing knowledge in the body: Western Australian choreographers dancing With a Bullet. Brolga: an Australian journal about dance, 41(December), online.
  • McKenzie, V., (2014), Underscore Alchemy: Extending the Underscore for creative artists. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 6(2), 159-173, Bristol, UK, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/jdsp.6.2.159_1.
  • McKenzie, V., (2014), Extending Underscore Alchemy. Brolga: an Australian journal about dance, December(39), 35-42, Braddon, ACT, Ausdance National.

Conference Publications

  • McKenzie, V., (2016), Entering the Regional Scene with a Contemporary Lysistrata. Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect. Proceedings of the Australasian Association for Drama Theatre & Performance Studies, 1(June 21-24 2016), 57-67, Artworx.

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • McKenzie, V., (2017), Beer-n-Bubs. Crush: Stories about love , Rundle Mall, South Australia, MidnightSun Publishing.
  • McKenzie, V., (2016), Likes to Measure. Newcastle Short Story Award Anthology 2016, Newcastle, NSW, Hunter Writers Centre.
  • McKenzie, V., (2016), Only the Envelope., The Archive Room, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries [BRAG], Bunbury W.A., Alisa Blackeney [BRAG Exhibitions Curator].
  • McKenzie, V., Pilla, S., (2015), Nurture. Artists at the Helm, Bunbury Regional Art Galleries.
  • McKenzie, V., (2015), Underscore Alchemy: Extending the Underscore for Creative Artists. Contact Improvisation Newsletter, Northhampton, MA, USA, Contact Collaborations.
  • McKenzie, V., (2014), A visceral kind of understanding. dancewest, Perth, Australia, Australian Dance Council - Ausdance WA.
  • McKenzie, V., (2014), Freedom in surrender. dancewest, September 2014, Perth, Australia, Australian Dance Council - Ausdance WA.
  • McKenzie, V., (2014), Against the grain. Gargouille, Melbourne, Australia, Sarah Wreford and Adriane Howell.
  • McKenzie, V., (2013), Philogyny #2. Poetry d'Amour 2014: Love poems, Inglewood, WA, WA Poets Inc..
  • McKenzie, V., (2013), I Shine, Not Burn. Knitting and other stories, Witchcliffe, WA, Margaret River Press.
  • McKenzie, V., (2015), Lysistrata (Director). Lysistrata, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.
  • McKenzie, V., Lehrer, J., Ben-Ary, G., McKee, A., (2014), Telephone. inConversation, Spectrum Project Space, Lyndall Adams, Christopher Kueh & Renée Newman-Storen.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Belonging: A Place For, And In, Children's Poetry
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  No-one Was Watching. A Collection Of Short Fiction -and-stories Beyond The Gates. An Exegesis.
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