Dr Jaime Dörner is a professional actor and director who has trained in Chile and New Zealand. In 2019 he completed a Doctorate in Theatre and Performance at Monash University, Australia. His practice based Performance project involved research and autoethnography as methodological tools to delve into the concepts of solo autobiographical performance, catharsis, liminality and gender. His curiosity as a practitioner constantly leads him to question the craft of making theatre; what the purpose of theatre is and how effective theatre can be. Jaime believes theatre to be a trigger and a provocateur of emotional/intellectual processes.
During his career Jaime has twice been awarded Artists in Residency at Massey University directing King Lear 2015 and A Midsummer Nights’ Dream 2012. He has been Invited to participate in Festivals as a performer and panellist (TAHI: New Zealand Festival of Solo Performance, Makhampom Theatre reunion Thailand), and extensively directed theatre and movement-based shows at BATS Theatre in Wellington including: Together All Alone, Dancing Until We Drop and The River. Jaime’s latest work Birthday Book Of Storms, was performed at La Mama Courthouse and in August 2023 and will debut at the Hannah Playhouse in Wellington.
As an educator Jaime was the Director of a Diploma in Performing Arts at UCOL in NZ for 5 years teaching acting and movement, alongside teaching in different Universities such as Victoria University of Wellington NZ, Massey University NZ and Monash University in Melbourne. Finally he has also participated in several international projects, workshops and conferences in countries such as: New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Thailand and Italy.