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Contact details +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 43342

Dr Rand Hazou PhD, Drama Prel, BA

Senior Lecturer

School of English and Media Studies

 In 2004 Rand was commissioned by the UNDP to travel to the Occupied Territories in Palestine to work as a theatre consultant running workshops for Palestinian youths. In 2009 Rand was awarded a PhD in Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University. His thesis examined the latest wave of political theatre in Australia dealing with Asylum Seekers and Refugees. In 2011 Rand was awarded a Cultural Leadership Skills Development Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to develop The 7arakat|Harakat Project, involving a series of theatre-related initiatives between Australia and Palestine. As part of this grant, Rand travelled to Palestine in October 2011 to participate in an internship with Al-Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah. In November 2012 Rand convened 'The 7arakat Conference: Theatre, CUltural Diversity and Inclusion' which was hosted by La Trobe University. The conference explored practice, research and advocacy in the performing arts with a particular focus on Palestinian Theatre, Arab/Australian Theatre, and Applied Theatre with refugee/migrant groups. The conference brought together theatre-makers, scholars, creative producers and community development workers to examine issues of exclusion in the performing arts sector and the theatre's role in providing networks of participation and social inclusion. For more information visit: www.latrobe.edu.au/7

Rand is a theatre practitioner and scholar with experience working in a variety of contexts. His knowledge of theatre theory combined with practical experience as a theatre facilitator ensures that he brings a developed awareness of ‘practice’ into the seminar room and of ‘critical thought’ into the studio. His research interests lie in theatre that addresses exclusion and engages with issues of social justice. His research interests include 'Applied Theatre' and 'Intercultural Performance' as well as a keen interest in forms of 'Documentary Theatre'. He has a developing research profile related to Palestinian Theatre specifically, and Arab Theatre more generally.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 9 414 0800 I Internal ext. 43342
    Location: AT2.62, Atrium.
    Campus: Auckland

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theatre and Drama - La Trobe University (2009)
  • Masters Preliminary in Theatre and Drama - La Trobe University (2004)
  • BA with Majors in Theatre and Drama, Media Studies, and Geography. - University of Queensland (1998)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

My research interests lie in theatre that addresses human rights and engages with issues of social justice. In 2009, I was awarded a PhD in Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University. My thesis examined the latest wave of political theatre in Australia dealing with Asylum Seekers and Refugees. I have an abiding interest in Refugee Theatre. I am also interested in the fields of Applied, Community, and Intercultural Theatre. I have a developing research profile related to Palestinian theatre specifically, and Arab theatre more generally. I am also developing a research interest in contemporary approaches to performance in New Zealand/Aotearoa.

I have a developing research profile related to Palestinian theatre specifically and Arab theatre more generally. In 2004 I was commissioned by the UNDP to travel to the Occupied Territories in Palestine to work as a theatre consultant running workshops for Palestinian youths. I also travelled to Palestine in October 2011 to participate in an internship with Al-Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah. In November 2012, I convened The 7arakat Conference: Theatre, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, which was hosted by La Trobe University. The conference explored practice, research and advocacy in the performing arts with a particular focus on Palestinian Theatre, Arab/Australian Theatre, and Applied Theatre with refugee/migrant groups. My most recent research explores the production of Handala by Palestinian theatre company Al-Rowwad in the Aida refugee camp, which is published in Refugee Performance: Practical Encounters (University of Chicago Press, 2013). 

I was previously lead researcher on the transnational teaching and learning project entitled e(LAB)orating Performance. The project was a collaboration between Massey University, UWC Mahindra College (India), the University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). This pilot project was funded by the Brown University International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) on 'Theatre and Civil Society’. The project sought to facilitate creative engagements by students enrolled at participating institutions to foster conversations around performance praxis and collaborative pedagogies. Research from the pilot project was published in the peer-reviewed journal Research in Drama Education.

I am also developing a research interest in contemporary approaches to performance in New Zealand/Aotearoa. In 2013, I was the lead researcher on a theatre collaboration with the Auckland-based Massive theatre company. The collaboration was funded by the Massey University Strategic Innnovation Fund (SIF). The project saw the company’s 2012 production The Brave performed at the Massey Albany campus. The project focused on the generation of knowledge around contemporary theatre practices in New Zealand using Massive Theatre praxis as a case study, and the use of theatre and performance as a pedagogical tool to explore issues around male identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Research associated with this project is ongoing.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404): Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190400): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)

Keywords

  • Refugee and Asylum Seeker theatre. My PhD thesis Acting for Asylum (2009) examined the resurgence of political theatre in Australia engaging with Asylum Seekers and Refugees between 2000-2005. 
  • Applied theatre. Theatre addresses human rights and engages with issues of social justice. 
  • Documentary theatre and intermediality.
  • Intercultural and cross-cultural theatre.
  • Palestinian theatre specifically and Arab theatre more generally. 
  • A developing research profile on contemporary approaches to performance in New Zealand/Aotearoa. 
  • Theatre performance and pedegogy.

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 2

Research Outputs

Book

Hazou, RT. (2017). Performing the Precariat: Acting for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Aotearoa New Zealand’. In S. Groot, C. Van Ommen, B. Masters-Awatere, & N. Tassell-Matamua (Eds.) Precarity: Uncertain, Insecure and Unequal Lives in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 241 - 253). Auckland: Massey University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2015). Anti-transcultural performance: Flashmobbing the Cape Town Opera’s production of 'Porgy and Bess’. In M. Casey (Ed.) Embodying Transformations: Transcultural Performance. (pp. 181 - 200). Melbourne: Monash University Press
[Chapter]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2012). Encounters in the aida refugee camp in palestine: Travel notes on attending alrowwad theatre’s production of handala (2011). In Refugee Performance Practical Encounters. (pp. 129 - 156).
[Chapter]Authored by: Hazou, R.

Journal

Hazou, RT. (2017). Performing Noncitizenship: Asylum Seekers in Australian Theatre, Film and Activism. By Emma Cox. London: Anthem Press, 2015. Pp. vii + 202 + 28 illus. £25.00/$40.00 Pb.. Theatre Research International. 42(2), 200-201
[Book Review]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2016). Real men at play: Massive company's the brave. Australasian Drama Studies. (68), 97-117
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2016). Performing Digital: Multiple Perspectives on a Living Archive. Australasian Drama Studies. (68), 209-213
[Book Review]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2015). Dreaming of Shakespeare in Palestine. Research in Drama Education. 20(2), 139-154
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Cloete, N., Dinesh, N., Hazou, RT., & Matchett, S. (2015). E(Lab)orating performance: transnationalism and blended learning in the theatre classroom. Research in Drama Education. 20(4), 470-482
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2011). Hypermediacy and credibility in documentary theatre: The craft of make-believe in théâtre du soleil’s le dernier caravansérail (2005). Studies in Theatre and Performance. 31(3), 293-304
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2011). Intermedial voices: Documentary theatre and the refugee experience in Version 1.0’s 'CMI'(A certain maritime incident). Platform. 6(1), 5-23 Retrieved from https://www.rhul.ac.uk/dramaandtheatre/documents/pdf/platform/61/4intermedialvoices.pdf
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2011). Dys-appearance and compassion: The body, pain and ethical enactments in Mike Parr’s 'Close the Concentration Camps’. Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre and Performance. 1(2), 153-166 Retrieved from http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2011). Staging hidden stories: Australian theatre and asylum seekers. Double Dialogues. 3, 1-1 Retrieved from http://www.doubledialogues.com/index.htm
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2009). Refugee advocacy and the theatre of inclusion. About Performance. 9, 67-85
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2008). Refugitive and the theatre of dys-appearance. Research in Drama Education. 13(2), 181-186
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2014). Denise Varney, Peter Eckersall, Chris Hudson, and Barbara Hatley, 'Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific: Regional Modernities in the Global Era' (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Performance Paradigm. (10), 126-130Retreived from http://www.performanceparadigm.net/
[Book Review]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2014). Rebellious mirrors: Community-based theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand by Paul Maunder. Australasian Drama Studies. 64(June)Retreived from http://www.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/research/journals/australasian-drama-studies/issues/issue-64
[Book Review]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2012). Cynthia E. Cohen, Roberto Gutiérrez Varea and Polly O. Walker [EDS], acting together: Performance and the creative transformation of conelict. volume I: Resistance and reconciliation in regions of violenge [Oakland, CA: New Village Press, 2011]. Australasian Drama Studies. , 193-196
[Book Review]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2010). 'Performance in Place of War'[Book review]. Australasian Drama Studies. , 241-243
[Book Review]Authored by: Hazou, R.

Conference

Hazou, RT.Theatre in Prison: Paremoremo and Social Change. . Massey University, Albany
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT., Forster, M., & Mclennan, S.Encountering Group Work in Tū Rangaranga. . Massey University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Forster, M., Hazou, R., McLennan, S.
Hazou, RT.Belonging Behind the Bars. . AUT University, Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT.Performing Manaaki in New Zealand Refugee Theatre?. . Otago University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT.Palestine and the Performance of Credibility. . Stockholm University, Sweden
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT.Performing Marginalised Masculinity and Male Identity: Massive Company’s The Brave (2013). . The University of Auckland, Auckland
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT.E(lab)Orating Performance: Evaluating Critical and Creative Exchange. . Co-hosted by Massey and Victoria Universities, Wellington
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT.'Anti-Transcultural Performance: Flashmobbing the Cape Town Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess’. . Brown University, Providence, NY.
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT.(2012, November). 7arakat Conference E-Proceedings: Theatre, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion. 7arakat Conference E-Proceedings: Theatre, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion. (pp. 1 - 68). Retreived from http://www.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/huss-documents/EProceedings_Final_7arakat_210113.pdf
[Conference]Edited by: Hazou, R.

Creative Work

Hazou, RT., Diamond, D., & Gordon, D. (2017). Prison Performances. (1 Hour performance) Theatre for Living Workshops and Performance at Auckland Prison.: Auckland, New Zealand: Paremoremo Prison, Unit 9, 22 June 2017.
[Performance]Authored by: Hazou, R.Contributed to by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT., Gordon, D., & Vaziri, S. (2013). A Night In Iran: Stories and Songs of Lovers and Heroes. (Live Performance) A Night In Iran: Stories and Songs of Lovers and Heroes: Theatre Lab, Massey University, Albany Campus
[Performance]Authored by: Hazou, R.

Thesis

Hazou, RT. (2009). Acting for Asylum: Asylum Seeker and Refugee Theatre in Australia 2000-2005.. (Doctoral Thesis)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Hazou, R.

Report

Tilley, EN., Page, W., Balasubramanian, R., O'Meara, R., Gee, S., Hazou, R., . . . Soma, J. (2014). It's my life: Evaluation report. School of English & Media Studies, Massey University.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Balasubramanian, R., Brown, A., Galloway, C., Gee, S., Hazou, R., Jones, L., Page, W., Sligo, F., Tilley, E., Waterworth, C.Edited by: Tilley, E.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • Arabic
    Last used: 2011
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 1 0

Teaching

I am the Paper Coordinator for 139.133 Creative Communication which is an interdisciplinary paper that introdcues students to creative works across the three disciplines of Theatre, Creative Writing, and Media Practice. The course considers how creative works and products communicate, how they are generated, and their importance in our wider culture. In it's delivery, 'Creative Communication’ tries to achieve a balance between critical thinking and creative practice. 

I also teach 139.220 Applied Theatre which focuses on ‘Documentary Theatre’ to consider how theatre can be applied in everyday contexts outside of conventional theatre spaces to bring about social change. Documentary Theatre covers a wide range of approaches and practices that share a common methodology that involves utilising documentary material (newspapers, government reports, interviews, etc.) as source material for scripts and performances. 

I also teach I also teach 139.303 Modern Drama which covers one of the most innovative and exciting periods in theatre history, as artists struggled to make sense of the technological and scientific advancements and the changing social and economic structures of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This paper aims to provide an overview of the development of European drama from the late nineteenth century to the present day and to develop student competencies in performance and in oral and written communication.

My knowledge of theatre theory combined with my practical experience as a theatre practitioner and facilitator ensures that I bring a developed awareness of ‘practice’ into the seminar room and of ‘critical thought’ into the studio. My teaching approach is also informed by a critical pedagogy following Freire (1970) which is particularly sensitive to relationships of power and knowledge between teacher and student and which highlights a shared responsibility for learning. As a teacher employing critical pedagogies in drama-based instruction I always try to encourage students to be co-constructors of knowledge and allow for variety of viewpoints and engagements by creating a safe environment.

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

Media and Links

Media

  • 25 Jul 2013 - Newspaper
    Tales of Iran to be Highlighted, North Shore Timte
    Iranian folktales given new life at Massey University's Theatre Lab in Albany
  • 23 Apr 2015 - Newspaper
    Comedians Adrienne Truscott and the Naked Magician
    A newspaper article comparing and exploring the political efficacy of nudity as part of recent comedy shows.
  • 19 Mar 2013 - Newspaper
    'Theatre a shared space', North Shore Times
    Creative minds from diverse multicultural backgrounds are encouraged to come together once the new community theatre at Massey University’s Albany campus is complete.
  • 17 Aug 2014 - Television
    University play aims to combat workplace bullying
    Along with the university's theatre students, they're devising a play with bullying scenarios to then take into workplaces.
  • 16 Sep 2013 - Radio
    Drama in Dramatic Places: Interview RNZ 'Nights'
    An interview with Bryan Crump on Radio New Zealand National's 'Nights' programme broadcast live on Monday 16 September. The importance of theatre for refugees and asylum seekers is demonstrated by Han
  • 14 Aug 2014 - Newspaper
    Drama places work bullying in the spotlight
    Expressive arts students work with Theatre Lecturer Rand Hazou and Management Lecturer Margot Edwards

Head of School

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Email: J.M.Lawn@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6337

Administration staff

Joanne Ervine
Academic Services Administrator - Auckland
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Tel: 09 213 6909

Janet Lowe
Academic Services Administrator - Manawatu
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Tel: 06 951 7752

Julie McKenzie
Academic Programme Administrator
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Tel: 06 951 7421

Anne Meredith
Academic Programme Administrator - "Writing Papers"
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Tel: 06 951 7548

College of Humanities and Social Sciences support staff

Claire Grant
Shared Campus Secretary
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Marissa Penfold
Shared Campus Secretary
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Honorary research fellows

These academics are honorary research fellows of our school:

Dr Doreen D'Cruz
Dr Judith Dell Panny
Professor Russell Poole
Dr John Ross

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