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Dr Rand Hazou PhD, MA, BA

Senior Lecturer

Doctoral Supervisor
School of Humanities Media and Creative Comm

Rand is theatre academic and facilitator with experience working across a variety of creative and community 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. In 2004, he was commissioned by the UNDP to travel to the Occupied Territories in Palestine to run workshops for Palestinian youths. In 2012 he received a Cultural Leadership Development Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to deliver the ‘7arakat’|‘Harakat’ Project involving a series of theatre initiatives between Australia and Palestine. In Aotearoa, he has led teaching and creative projects engaging with both prison and aged-care communities. He is currently co-editor of the special issue of Research in Drama Education (RiDE) on 'Carcerality, Theatre, Rights' (forthcoming 2021), and is the editor of the special issue of the Humanities journal entitled 'Acts of Liberation' (forthcoming 2021).

Rand is an Applied Theatre practitioner and scholarHis research interests lie in theatre that addresses exclusion and engages with issues of social justice. He is interested in how theatre and creativity intersect with human rights, citizenship, and justice. His research on Refugee Theatre has been published in a series of international peer-reviewed journals. He has a developing research profile related to Palestinian Theatre and Arab Theatre. In 2019 he was the co-convenor of ‘The Performing Arts and Justice Hui' which explored the role of the arts and culture in decolonising corrections. 

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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 - La Trobe University (2009)
  • Master of Arts - La Trobe University (2004)
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Queensland (1998)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Supervisor, Massey University

Prizes and Awards

  • Massey University Strategic Research Excellence Fund (SREF). ‘Theatre, Creative Arts & Justice’. Awarded NZD $20,000 to deliver a pilot research project in 2019 exploring the role of theatre and the creative arts in transforming criminal justice systems in Aotearoa and other settler-colonial nations. - Massey University Strategic Research Excellence Fund (SREF). (2020)
  • Massey University Research Fund (MURF) Grant. COHSS-13-024, 13-025. Palestinian Theatre: Performance, Conflict, and Peace-Building - College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2014)
  • Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) Grant EE#7: Theatre Lab Collaboration: Massive Company Performance Season, Workshops and Forum. - Strategic Innovation Fund (2013)
  • Cultural Leadership Development Grant. The grant supported the realisation of The ‘7arakat’|‘Harakat’ Project which seeks to develop a series of theatre and performance related initiatives between Australia and Palestine. - The Theatre Board, Australia Council for the Arts. Australian Government Arts Funding Body (2011)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

  • Refugee Theatre
  • Applied Theatre
  • Theatre in Prison
  • Theatre and Justice
  • Decolonial Theatre
  • Palestinian Theatre 
  • Theatre and Pedagogy
  • Theatre, arts, and Citizenship
  • Theatre and Reconciliation
  • Performance as Research and Arts-Based Research Methodologies

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Applied Ethics (220100):
Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201):
Cultural Studies (200200):
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200):
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404):
Education (130000):
Human Rights and Justice Issues (220104):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000):
Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190400):
Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000):
Postcolonial Studies (200211):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Hazou, R., Hoar, S., Ilgenfriz, P., & Woodland, S. (2019). Ngā Pātū Korerō: Walls That Talk. (60 min documentary theatre production using masks and physical theatre) Ngā Pātū Korerō: Walls That Talk: Unit 8 Te Piriti, Auckland Prison, Paremoremo
[Performance]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT., & Gordon, D. (2017). Puppet Antigone. (Theatre Performance) Puppet Antigone: Unit 9, Auckland Prison, Paremoremo
[Performance]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Diamond, D., Hazou, RT., & Gordon, D. (2017). Theatre for living - prison performance. (Play: Paremoremo Prison, Unit 9, 22 June 2017) Theatre for Living Workshops and Performance at Auckland Prison, Paremoremo.: Unit 9, Auckland Prison, Paremoremo. Auckland, New Zealand
[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.Contributed to by: Hazou, R.

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, R., & Lam, CHY. (2020). Decoloniality and Contemporary Asian Theatre in New Zealand’. Theatre Journal. 72(3), 325-343
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R., Lam, C.
Hazou, R. (2020). Enacting Restorative Justice: Shakespeare and Tikanga Māori in Cellfish (2017). Australasian Drama Studies. (76), 216-245
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Woodland, S., Aslan, R., Gylee, C., Schofield, J., & Edelman, J. (2020). Forum: Performances of Healing and Reconciliation. Performance, Religion and Spirituality. 2(2), 143-169
[Journal article]Contributed to by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). The Freedom Theatre: Performing Cultural Resistance in Palestine [Book Review]. Theatre Journal. 71(3), 406-408
[Book Review]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). Applied Theatre: Economies [Book Review].. Australasian Drama Studies. (74), 312-318
[Book Review]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). Staging the Right of Return: Moving Beyond the Now. Global Performance Studies (GPS). 2(2) Retrieved from http://gps.psi-web.org/
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2018). Performing manaaki and New Zealand refugee theatre. Research in Drama Education. 23(2), 228-241
[Journal article]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT. (2017). Theatre of real people: Diverse encounters at Berlin's Hebbel am Ufer and Beyond. Australasian Drama Studies. 71(October), 231-236Retreived from https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=304995864560938;res=IELHSS
[Book Review]Authored by: Hazou, R.
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, R.Staging Puppet Antigone at Auckland Prison. . Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre, Auckland University
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R.Banksy in Palestine. . Daegu Arts Factory, Daegu South Korea
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT.Theatre in prison: Paremoremo and social change. . Albany, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT., Forster, M., & Mclennan, S.Encountering group work in Tū Rangaranga. . Auckland, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Forster, M., Hazou, R., McLennan, S.
Hazou, RT.Belonging beyond the prison bars?. . Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT.Performing Manaaki in New Zealand Refugee Theatre. . Otago University, New Zealand
[Conference Paper]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, RT.Re-enacting 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. . Wellington, New Zealand
[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.

Thesis

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

Other

Hazou, R. (2019). Sing It To My Face (Barbarian Productions) [Theatre Review]. Theatre Scenes. 20 October 2019. http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-first-world-problems-2-0-basement-theatre/.
[Other]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). First World Problems 2.0 (Prayas Theatre, Agaram Productions and Oriental Maidens) [Theatre Review]. Theatre Scenes. 17 October 2019. http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-first-world-problems-2-0-basement-theatre/.
[Other]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). Soft N’ Hard (Barbarian Productions) [Theatre Review]. Theatre Scenes. 22 August 2019. http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-soft-n-hard-barbarian-productions/.
[Other]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). A Fine Balance (Auckland Theatre Company) [Theatre Review]. Theatre Scenes. 21 June 2019. http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-a-fine-balance-auckland-theatre-company/.
[Other]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). ‘A Man of Good Hope (Auckland Arts Festival) [Theatre Review]. Theatre Scenes. 17 March 2019. http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-a-man-of-good-hope-auckland-arts-festival/. Theatre Scenes
[Other]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). ‘Tide Waits For No Man: Episode Grace’ (Proudly Asian Theatre) [Theatre Review]. Theatre Scenes. 22 February 2019. http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-tide-waits-for-no- man-auckland-fringe/. Theatre Scenes
[Other]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). ‘Pussy Riot: Riot Days (Auckland Fringe Festival) [Theatre Review]. Theatre Scenes. 22 February 2019. http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-pussy-riot-riot-days-auckland-fringe/. Theatre Scenes
[Other]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). ‘Maui (Auckland Fringe Festival) [Theatre Review].Theatre Scenes. 26 February 2019. http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-maui-auckland-fringe/. Theatre Scenes
[Other]Authored by: Hazou, R.
Hazou, R. (2019). ‘The Bookbinder’ (Trick of the Light Theatre) [Theatre Review]. Theatre Scenes. 28 March 2019. http://www.theatrescenes.co.nz/review-the-bookbinder-auckland-arts-festival/. Theatre Scenes
[Other]Authored by: Hazou, R.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

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

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

My teaching is informed by a decolonial approach that connects racial and cultural disadvantage to wider historical processes of colonialism. My teaching seeks to enhance forms of collective reflection and action to address cultural exclusion and disadvantage associated with colonial legacies and the privileging of Western epistemologies embedded in curricula and pedagogy. My teaching aims to cultivate a sense of community to address social problems and catalyse change. 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 theatre expertise means that I often employ ‘experiential pedagogies’ in my teaching which encourages students to ‘learn by doing’. 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 a variety of viewpoints and engagements by creating a safe environment. Since joining Massey University in 2013, I have developed and coordinated several courses. I was previously appointed as the Course Coordinator to help design and deliver the 2nd year Bachelor of Arts (BA) core citizenship course 230.210 Tu Rangaranga: Global Encounters.

Courses Coordinated

Graduate Supervision Statement

I am committed to collaborative working methods and to providing opportunities for graduate students to enhance their research skills and expertise. My research interests lie in Applied Theatre and in theatre that intersects with issues of social justice. I am interested in the role of theatre and creativity in engaging with issues of human rights, citizenship, and justice. I am interested in supervising scholarly theses and PhDs with Creative Practice that employ Performance as Research methodologies. 


Dr Rand Hazou is available for Masters and Doctorial supervision.

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 1 0
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Cynthia Hiu Ying Lam - Doctor of Philosophy
    Staging Decolonial Voices: Contemporary Performances of Identity and Chinese Womanhood for Social Change

Co-supervisor of:

Media and Links

Media

  • 29 Jun 2017 - Online
    Theatre workshop “outside the box” for prisoners
    A media story published on the Massey University website about the David Diamond workshops and performances offered to inmates at Paremoremo prison through a partnership between Massey and Auckland Pr
  • 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
  • 16 Jun 2015 - Newspaper
    Paper Puts Dementia On Stage
    Featured as part of a newspaper story covering the delivery of the course ‘139.333 Creativity in the Community’ and the partnership with Aria Gardens aged-care facility. The course encourages students
  • 15 Dec 2017 - Online
    Greek Tragedy Performed with Puppets at Prison
    A media story about the production of Puppet Antigone by inmates of Auckland Prison at Paremoremo, partly funded by the Auckland Council’s Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). The production was staged
  • 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
  • 07 Jul 2015 - Television
    New Dementia Research Focuses on Art
    Featured as part of a newspaper story covering the delivery of the course ‘139.333 Creativity in the Community’ and the partnership with Aria Gardens aged-care facility. The course encourages students

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