Sarah Austin

Sessional Lecturer and Tutor, Theatre

Ethical Dramaturgies; Children in Contemporary Performance

Sarah’s research is investigating the recent phenomenon of children in contemporary performance created for adult audiences. Through a practice-led research lens, Sarah is looking at what might be an ethical dramaturgy for this work, that takes in the process of creation and the aesthetic result.

Key terms: dramaturgy; children in performance; contemporary performance; practice-led


Researcher Bio

Sarah is an award-winning theatre-maker and researcher who graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001. She completed her Masters of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne in 2005. Sarah has a specific expertise in working with children and young people and has created work and collaborated with companies including Arts Centre Melbourne, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Festival and Rawcus. She was the Artistic Director/CEO of St Martins Youth Arts Centre from 2008-2014. She is currently a Research Associate on an ARC-funded project investigating Disability Arts in Australia, co-Chair of the Contemporary and Experimental Performance panel and a Board Member of Outer Urban Projects. Sarah has presented and published widely on her research interests, is a sessional academic at the Victorian College of the Arts and in 2018 was the recipient of the Veronica Kelly prize for Best Postgraduate paper at the Australasian Drama Studies Association (ADSA) conference.


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