Dr Stayci Taylor is an educator, supervisor and an award-winning researcher and screenwriter.
Since attaining her PhD in 2016, Stayci has accrued a track record of over 20 scholarly publications, as well as co-editing two special journal issues, while maintaining her professional practice as a screenwriter for film and television.
She is currently an Industry Fellow with the Media Program in the School of Media and Communication. In addition, Stayci is a member of the steering committees for RMIT's Women Researchers' Network and the Australian Film Institute Research Collection.
Stayci joined the teaching staff of RMIT as a sessional lecturer, tutor and studio leader in 2014, while still completing her PhD, which involved the writing of a feature film screenplay and a critical dissertation on female perspectives in comedies. Mostly teaching into the Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing), Stayci was also a guest teacher for courses in the Higher Degree by Research and Professional Writing and Editing programs, as well as teaching screenwriting at La Trobe University. In 2017 she was appointed an Industry Fellow and Lecturer with RMIT's Media Program.
She has written, or co-written, many articles across a breadth of research interests including screenwriting practice, script development, gender and comedy, celebrity studies, web series, social enterprise, storytelling and play. These have appeared in such journals as Senses of Cinema, TEXT: journal of writing and writing courses, New Writing: the international journal for the theory and practice of creative writing, Journal of Screenwriting, Celebrity Studies Journal, Studies in Australasian Cinema, Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, Journal of Creative Writing Research and Axon. She has seven confirmed book chapters to be published in 2018-19, all in edited collections by Palgrave Macmillan. Stayci also writes industry articles, including her tribute to Robin Williams in The Conversation which was their most read article in the month of August 2014.
Stayci is interested in the theory and practice of screenwriting, as well as creative writing and creative practice research more broadly. She continues to work as a story consultant and script editor, as well as developing her own scripts for the screen. She offers commentary and expertise in gender and comedy, screenwriting craft, screenwriting scholarship and web series.
Stayci is currently the course coordinator of Story, Genre and Medium, and New Directions in Narrative for the Master of Media degree. She also runs core studios for the Bachelor of Communication (Media).
In 2017, Stayci won the RMIT prize for research excellence (design) for the research generated by her PhD and wider output. As a researcher, Stayci remains extremely active, currently participating in three major projects investigating a range of storytelling strategies and phenomena: practices of script development in the film and television industry; storytelling for social enterprise and public readings of childhood diaries.
- Essentials in Tertiary Teaching Practice, RMIT University, Australia (2017)
- PhD Media and Communication, RMIT University, Australia (2016)
- Master of Arts: Film, Television and Media Studies (First Class Honours), University of Auckland, New Zealand (2005)
- Bachelor of Arts: Theatre Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand (2001)
Stayci trained as an actor with Melbourne's John Bolton Theatre School in 1992, which specialises in devised theatre. She has performed in numerous professional productions, many of her own writing and making, and toured comedy shows to festivals worldwide, including the renowned international fringe festivals of Edinburgh and Adelaide.
Since turning her hand to screenwriting in 2003, she has storylined, scripted, script edited and consulted on over a dozen series for broadcast in New Zealand, including writing nine seasons of an award-winning bilingual soap, and the co-creation of a primetime sitcom.
She currently has a comedy feature in development with Greenstone Productions, written with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission's highly contestable early development fund.
In 2016, Stayci was invited to be on the grand jury for the Melbourne Web Fest; Australasia's largest and most prestigious web series festival.
- Taylor, S. (2018). Telling stories to make it in Hollywood: Rebel Wilson, comedy and celebrity authenticity In: Celebrity Studies Journal, 9, 84 - 96
- Rendle-Short, F.,Scott, R.,Taylor, S.,Aung Thin, M.,Ellis, M. (2018). No one wakes up wanting to be homeless: A case study in applied Creative Writing In: Social capital and enterprise in the modern state, Palgrave Macmillan - Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland
- Batty, C.,Taylor, S. (2018). Digital development: Using the smartphone to enhance screenwriting practice In: Mobile Story Making in an Age of Smartphones, Springer International, Cham, Switzerland
- Taylor, S. (2018). Sluglines as Ghostly Presence In: TEXT Special Issue No 48: Screenplays as research artefacts Australia
- Taylor, S. (2017). Melburn In: Melbourne Knowledge Week website Melbourne, Australia
- Taylor, S. (2017). Hidden a-gender: questions of gender in screenwriting practice In: Networking Knowledge: journal of the MeCCSA post-graduate network special issue, Gender and the Screenplay: processes, practices, perspectives, 10, 4 - 13
- Batty, C.,Beaton, K.,Sculley, S.,Taylor, S. (2017). The screenwriting PhD: creative practice, critical theory and contributing to knowledge In: TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, , 1 - 17
- Taylor, S. (2017). Screenwriting Melbourne/s: Representing and recreating a city within a screenplay's flipped reality narrative In: Sense of Cinema, , 1 - 17
- Taylor, S. (2017). Text and the city: The teaching and practice of scripting cities for the screen In: Studies in Australasian Cinema, 11, 1 - 12
- Taylor, S. (2015). Mounting the Men's Film Festival: A mockumentary web series. Webisode 1 - Power Cut. In: Special Issue 29: scriptwriting as creative writing research II Australia
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