Lexie Matheson ONZM

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Academic Equity Leader, Senior Lecturer in Event Management

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8657

Email: lexie.matheson@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Office: WH428B
Faculty of Culture and Society
School of Hospitality and Tourism
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland, New Zealand



Qualifications:

ONZM, MCPA (Hons), DipEd, DipTchg, TTC

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit - 2016
  • Auckland City Rainbow Communities Advisory Panel – member
  • The Company of Angels Theatre Company – Life Member
  • The Actors Company of Aotearoa New Zealand - Life Member
  • The Christchurch Shakespeare Festival Trust - Life Member
  • Theatreview – senior theatre reviewer
  • Transadvocates - trustee

Biography:

Lexie Matheson taught in the primary and secondary education service in senior roles (principal, deputy principal, HOD, STJC) for many years before moving into the performing arts where she worked as an award winning director, writer, actor, teacher and dramaturg in live theatre, dance, film, television and radio for three decades.


As well as working with all New Zealand's professional theatre companies and with Southern Ballet, Lexie managed Troupers Live Theatrix and Stage School and was Artistic Director of The Actors Company of Aotearoa New Zealand between 1980 and 1998. During this period a short-term contract with the Christchurch City Council morphed into nine years during which she was engaged as Inner City Promotions Manager in charge of festivals and events, Executive Officer to the Mayor and TQM Manager responsible for introducing quality management processes across the newly amalgamated councils before travelling overseas to study Shakespeare production in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.


On her return to New Zealand she took up an appointment at The University of Auckland where she was Business Manager of the Maidment Theatre for eight years during which time she graduated Master of Creative and Performing Arts with honours majoring in arts management. In 2006 she was appointed Senior Lecturer in Event Management at Auckland University of Technology where she created the first academic degree major in event management in Aotearoa New Zealand.


Lexie is a respected theatre critic with over 200 reviews spanning 1980 – 2016 available in various traditional media and online publications.


Currently ranked Shodan (1st dan, black belt) in Goju Ryu Okinawa Kan karate, Lexie also trains in Okinawan kobudo (weapons) and kyudo (gendai budō or 'the way of the bow'). Her PhD thesis is entitled 'Nana Korobi Ya Oki: Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight', The History and Evolution of Karate in Aotearoa New Zealand'.


Lexie was honoured by the Crown in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List where she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to the performing arts, education and LGBTQI rights.

Teaching Areas:

Leadership, culture and society, event design, event management, project management, arts management, dance, theatre arts and drama.

Research Areas:

  • The Martial Arts, and in particular Karate and Kobudo
  • Event Management 
  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Performing Arts, and in particular live theatre
  • Performing arts criticism
  • Gender Diversity in the Performing Arts
  • Queer Theatre, and in particular Pacific Islands queer performance.

Current Research Projects:

  • Variant Gender Narrative in the Context of Live Performance in Particular Shakespeare's ‘Female’ Characters
  • Nana Korobi Ya Oki: The History and Evolution of Karate in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • ‘Gambits and Brawls’ – a five year window on performance in Auckland, New Zealand - 2010 to 2016
  • The Golden Age of Professional Theatre in Auckland - 1965-1990
  • Leadership in Organisations
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity in the Managing of Events.

Publications:

A selection of recent publications.  

  • Matheson, L. (2016). It May Well Change Your Life. [Websites]. John Smythe at www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). Totally Ingenious and Wildly Funny. [Websites]. John Smythe at www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). Textured, Rich, Nuanced, Enthralling. [Websites]. John Smythe at www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved from dykiegirl.wordpress.com/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). Never Misses a Beat. [Websites]. www.theatreview.org.nz: John Smythe at www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). Challenging in All the Right Ways. [Websites]. John Smythe. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). Outstanding. [Websites]. www.theatreview.org.nz: John Smythe. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). Faultless, Enjoyable, Challenging and Expertly Made. [Websites]. www.theatreview.org.nz: John Smythe. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). A Truly Ensemble Production with Some Outstanding Performances. [Websites]. John Smythe at www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). Great First Outing With Happy Endings Gone Mad. [Websites]. John Smythe at www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). Something to Truly Treasure. [Websites]. John Smythe at www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2016). Admirable Maturity in Excellent Young Assemblage. [Websites]. John Smythe at www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Le Freak ~ a dance review. [Websites]. John Smythe. Retrieved from dykiegirl.wordpress.com/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). 'Like' | 'Like' | 'Like’' [Website]. www.theatreview.org.nz: John Smythe. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Horror, humour, wit and compassion. [website]. John Smythe at www.theatreview.org.nz. Retrieved fromtheatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Review: An evening with the incredible Mr Capsis. [Website]. gaynz.com/: Jae Bennie. Retrieved from http://www.gaynz.com/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). A modern day fairy tale with teeth and claws. [Website]. www.theatreview.org.nz: John Smythe. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Sweet, tantalising and elusive. [Website]. www.theatreview.org.nz: John Smythe. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Sophisticated, elegant, thought-provoking, disturbing. [website]. www.theatreview.org.nz: John Smythe. Retrieved fromtheatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Shakespeare's rebels ~ a theatre review. [Website]. Internet: https://dykiegirl.wordpress.com/. Retrieved from dykiegirl.wordpress.com/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). On a different conversation. [Website]. www.gaynz.com. Retrieved from gaynz.com/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream. [Website]. www.gaynz.com/. Retrieved from gaynz.com/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Review: Girl on a corner. [Website]. www.gaynz.com. Retrieved from gaynz.com/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Disturbing truth in action with great production values. [Website]. www.theatreview.org.nz: John Smythe. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L. (2015). Fun, funny, political, rich in irony, sharp in satire. [Website]. www.theatreview.org.nz: John Smythe. Retrieved from theatreview.org.nz/
  • Matheson, L., Gordon, E., O'Reilly, M. J., Newborn, E., Nascimento, R., Sainsbury, T., . . . Craig, G. E. (2013, December 2). Le Jeu de Mechant (The Wicked Game) [Gala Theatre Performance]. Queen Street, Auckland.. Retrieved from http://www.gaynz.com/
  • Matheson, L. (2007). Pursuing Juliet [Other].
  • Matheson, L. (2004). Mercury Rising A Governance and Management History of the Mercury Theatre 1965 - 1990. (Master's Thesis/Postgraduate Dissertation, University of Auckland).

Awards:

  • Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to the performing arts, education and LGBTIQ rights – 2016
  • New Zealand Theatre Awards Gold Award (100+ Professional Theatre Productions) – 2014
  • CASPER (Community Action on Suicide Prevention Education and Research) Lifetime Achievement Award for ongoing work in the field of suicide prevention with young people – 2013
  • AUT Vice Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award – 2010
  • The Company of Angels Theatre Company Life Membership - for services to live performance - 2010
  • AUT Faculty of Culture and Society Excellence in Teaching Award – 2010
  • University of Auckland Cultural Blue - for career excellence in the performing arts – 2004
  • AuSM Awesome Lecturer Awards (Faculty of Culture and Society) - nominated five times between 2009 and 2014, won twice
  • British Council Study Grant to attend the International Theatre for the 21st Century Symposium, London – 2002
  • The Actors’ Company of Aotearoa New Zealand Life Membership - for Services to the Performing Arts – 2001
  • Inaugural Westpac Arts Excellence Award - for service to the performing arts and in particular to the production of works by William Shakespeare -1998
  • NZ Theatre Federation Festival of Community Theatre Winner: National Final – (Bruce Goodman’s The Chimney - director: Lexie Matheson) - 2004
  • The Christchurch Shakespeare Festival Trust Life Membership - for excellence in the production of works by William Shakespeare – 1998
  • New Zealand Defence Service Medal (with one clasp) - for military service from - 1966 to 1974