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Dr Matt Lockitt is Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre. He holds a PhD (Research Theatre and Performance) from Monash University, Australia. His dissertation, The Musical Is Drama: Apollonian and Dionysian Dynamics, and Liminal Ruptures in the Contemporary Musical Theatre, explores the dramaturgy of why characters may speak, sing, and/or dance within a given dramatic circumstance. He also received a Graduate Diploma of Theatre and a Bachelor of Performing Arts, first class honours, from Monash. 


Areas of expertise

  • American and Australian musical theatre
  • Dramaturgy
  • New Musical Theatre​


Book chapters

  • ​Lockitt, M. (2014). "'Love, Let Me Sing You': The Liminality of Song and Dance in LaChiusa's Bernarda Alba", Gestures of Music Theatre: The Performativity of Song and Dance, Ed. Dominic Symonds and Millie Taylor, Oxford University Press: New York.​


  • ​​Lockitt, M. (2012). "'Proposition': To reconsider the non-singing character and the songless moment", Studies in Musical Theatre, Intellect, 6.2, pp 187-198.
  • Grant, S., Lockitt, M., Egan, A. K. (2010). "The Uncertain Musical: An Experiment in Performance as Research as Pedagogy". Australasian Drama Studies, 57, pp 82-98.​


  • ​​Lockitt, M. (2013). "Review: Musical Theatre, Realism and Entertainment, Millie Taylor, Ashgate, Surrey, UK. (2012)". Studies in Musical Theatre, Intellect, Bristol, UK.​

Other publications

  • ​​Lockitt, M. "Banquet of Secrets: Australian Musical Theatre Comes of Age".
  • The Conversation. March 4th. Web. (2016)
  • ​Anu, C. "Has Australian Musical Theatre Come of Age". Evenings with
    Christine Anu. 702 ABC Radio, Sydney. 8th March, 9pm. (2016)​


  • "'Say it anyway you can': Challenging the stratification of speech, song, and dance in the musical theatre". International Federation of Theatre Research, Warwick University, United Kingdom. (2014).
  • "'Tell me what you feel': Metaphysical Collaborative Forces in the Contemporary Musical Play". Song, Stage, Screen VI, The University of Missouri, Kansas City, United States of America. (2011).
  • "I Sing Therefore I Am" . Song, Stage, Screen V, The University of Winchester, Winchester, United Kingdom. (2010)
  • "'Popular': The Art of Playing It Safe", at The Australasian Drama Studies Association (ADSA) Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. (2009)

Invited talks

  • ​"When You Dance Through A Storm: Innovation and Integration in Oklahoma!". Rodgers and Hammerstein: Understanding the Phenomenon, Symposium to launch the Australian Centre for Music Theatre Research and Development, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia. (2012)


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