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Janet lee is Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts. She originally trained in contemporary dance (New Dance and Bodyworks) before adapting her work for theatrical contexts. She worked as a physical theatre performer and puppeteer in Western Australia for over 10 years. Janet has a BA Hons in English Literature and Theatre Studies from the University of Western Australia and an MPhil in Performance from Victoria University, Melbourne.

She has performed in Conditions for Writing Home, The AnAliceist, Transistor: Waving at Marconi, Optical Wreckage, Dead Skin and the award winning, Cadence for Strange Arrangements Theatre company. As an Associate Artist with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre she co-directed and performed in Small Giants. For other companies she has performed as a stilt walker in Vaporise and character actor/puppeteer for Eat The Moon (Spare-Parts Puppet Theatre), The Yellow Wallpaper (Storydoor Theatre), Two Loud Slopey Chicks (Shirley Van Sanden) as well as her own solo show Sentimental Acts. She co-directed A Certainty Quotient and Drifters and the award winning, The Gold Bug for Strange Arrangements. In 1999 she was selected to be a representative on the West Australian Arts Council board.

Janet has been co-Artistic Director of Strange Arrangements Theatre Company since its Australian inception in 1996. Since relocating the company to the UK in 2003 she oversees all aspects of choreography and dramaturgy. Currently she is the dramaturg for Strange Arrangements latest work in development, Dust: it’s the little things that matter.

Janet has taught workshops for universities and professionals in movement, contact improvisation and puppetry in Australia and the UK.

Areas of expertise

  • Physical theatre especially contact improvisation and bodyworks approaches to movement
  • Feminism and the work of Helene Cixous especially feminism and gender studies in dance theatre
  • Puppetry especially dance puppetry and object puppetry
  • Adaptation, especially adapting short stories for stage and physical theatre contexts
  • Postcolonial discourses in performance analysis


Janet has written several articles for Animations Online in relation to dance puppetry and its particular dramaturgy. 


Since 2012 she has focused on developing her creative practice with Strange Arrangements in the UK, creating their new UK works: Drifters performed at the Little Angel’s ‘Firsts’ Festival in Islington, in 2013 and their current show in development as The Point Associate Artists, Dust: it’s the little things that matter that is due for completion by the end of 2014.

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