Robert Walton

VCA & MCM staff

This residency was organized through a collaboration with IN>TIME, Chicago.

Robert Walton

  • January – February 2019

    April 2019

  • Melbourne, Australia

Robert Walton is “an original and talented thinker and theatre maker” (The Times, UK), who has created, directed and devised over 30 shows.  His work spans theatre, installation, writing and media art. A creative trailblazer, Robert has been credited with creating “the world’s first piece of iPad theatre” (The Independent, UK) and has toured his work in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

Since relocating to Australia in 2011, he has continued to push creative boundaries and develop new and innovative collaborations and partnerships. Robert co-curated the season of Australian dance and performance works for Culture 2014, The XXth Commonwealth Games Glasgow to wide critical acclaim.

In association with Arts House, Robert initiated In Your Hands, a three-year project with four teams of artists and app developers creating new hybrid art works exploring the potential of theatre on mobile devices in public space. With funding from the Australia Council for the Arts Robert co-created Vanitas, a Webby Nominated art work app for smartphones and cemeteries, which forms part of his ongoing research into ‘ubiquitous theatres’ at The University of Melbourne.

Robert trained as a theatre maker at Dartington College of Arts (England) and as a technologist in The University of Glasgow’s Master of Science in Information Technology (Software and Systems) programme. From 2004-2011 Robert was the Lead Programmer for New Work Network (UK), creating the world’s first social networking site for artists.

Robert co-founded and was the co-artistic director of two theatre companies in Glasgow, Reader Performance Group and Fish & Game. In Higher Education he has held the leadership roles of Associate Head of Performance and Programme Leader BA Contemporary Performance Practice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Head of Theatre and Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Robert uses his platform as an academic and artist to explore creative partnerships as pathways for the shared creation and dissemination of knowledge, enabling alternative conversations and creative solutions for the grand challenges and wicked problems of our times.