Dr. Lynne Bradley

Dr LYNNE BRADLEY has worked as a leader in the arts and education sectors for the past 30 years. After training in Japan for 5 years, she co-founded one of Australia’s first physical theatre companies, Zen Zen Zo, in 1992. Lynne’s speciality areas as a director include large-scale physical and visual theatre, as well as immersive, site-specific, and transcultural work.  Her PhD (on Cultural Translation) investigated best-practice models for conducting cross-cultural and transcultural creative practice (with a specific focus on Asian-Australian collaborations). 

Lynne is also an actor-trainer specializing in movement and physical theatre, and has founded all of Zen Zen Zo’s flagship training programs, including Stomping Ground, The Actor’s Dojo and the Creative Entrepreneur Internship. Her training includes the Suzuki Method, Noh, Kabuki (Nihon Buyo) and Butoh, which she studied intensively whilst living in Japan from 1989-1995. In 1998 she received an Arts QLD professional development grant to study Viewpoints with Anne Bogart and the SITI company in New York, and she and Simon Woods subsequently became the first teachers of this actor training method in Australia. She is also a qualified teacher of Ashtanga Yoga (1st series).

Lynne is currently the Artistic Director of the Horizon Festival on the Sunshine Coast, where she is deeply committed to engagement with the local arts sector, and artist and audience development.  Prior to working with the Horizon Festival, Lynne designed and ran the Performing Arts Masters program at USC. She also has a number of articles published in her areas of passionate interest – artist mental health & wellbeing; innovation & contemporary performance practice; and transcultural performing arts collaborations. Lynne travels regularly to teach nationally and internationally, and mentor emerging and mid-career artists.