Hot Scholar is underway, with the first of five sessions held on 16 July, and four more to follow. Hot Scholar is a pilot program of supportive peer-based professional development, devised by Peta Murray, and supported by non/fictionLab. The goal of the project is to build researchers’ skills and confidence in live presentation settings. Its purpose is to coach participants in effective speaking skills, and to help them manage their nerves, while also considering how they might apply more effective dramatic structures to their content to maximise impact.
With this in mind, the next session will be led by actor Caroline Lee (pictured). Caroline has been working professionally as a performer for over twenty-five years with many companies including the Malthouse, STC, MTC, Bell Shakespeare, Aphids, Back to Back Theatre, Red Stitch Theatre, Finucane and Smith, and La Mama. She has toured her work nationally and internationally, and has also developed a strong reputation for her work in one-woman shows: alias Grace, Waking Up Dead, La Douleur, the three interiors of Lola Strong, A Kind of Fabulous Hatred, Catherine: the Body Politic, and the adaptation of her novel, Stripped. She has had a number of film and television appearances, has received four Green Room Awards, and is also a well-known, and awarded, narrator of talking books.
All events in this pilot program are fully subscribed, but it is hoped that another series will be run in 2019.