Dr. Christiaan Willems (FHEA) has a uniquely diverse and extensive career in the performing arts, television, education, research, and corporate communication. Innovative, multi/inter-disciplinary practice has been a consistent feature throughout Chris’s professional career, as evidenced by international television broadcast, academic publications, and awards.
Chris's continuing involvement in the arts, creative and cultural industries - as former President of the Queensland Arts Council (Artslink QLD) and Vice President of Regional Arts Australia - complements his corporate consulting and practice-led research by exploring synergies across these often incompatible fields of practice, and where they intersect, interact, and productively inform each other.
As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, University Teaching Transformation Fellow; Learning & Teaching Fellow; a Lecturer in Design & Performance for Stage & Screen; an Associate to Rowland and a presenting coach in corporate and media contexts, Chris continues to apply his unique suite of creative industries skills and qualifications simultaneously across both the tertiary education and professional communication contexts, in particular the rapid evolution of online and digital teaching & learning. Dr Chris Willems specialises in the non-verbal aspects of professional communication, drawing upon his extensive experience in mime performance in theatre and television.
Chris's television graphic design work has been featured nationally on ABC television - including ABC News; Current Affairs, specialist programs and documentaries. Network 9 - including Sixty Minutes, Sunday, National News. Channel 7 - including News, Great South East; as well as independent productions. Her film work in Scenic Arts includes several productions for the South Australian Film Corporation, including Stuck By Lightning, Shadows of the Heart, Riders on the Storm. Also an accomplished photographer, Chris applies her visual skills to a wide variety of visual, design and production contexts.