Panel –  A sector in crisis: strategies for survival – Helena Grehan, Oscar Tantoco Serquiña Jr., Joanne Tompkins, Asher Warren

We cannot deny that things are currently in a state flux, or perhaps even disarray across the sector, not just in Australia but across the globe.  The  uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has infected all facets of life and has made work within the academy incredibly difficult – for those at all career stages.  The  aim of this  panel is to provide  strategies for ADSA members on  coping with and surviving this difficult period. The panelists will each offer some ideas and suggestions from their different positions and perspectives but the main aim is to provide plenty of time to listen to the very real concerns of members and to provide – where possible – solutions and support in response.  As an organisation ADSA has always been collegial and supportive and this panel seeks to mobilise this collegiality for the common good of conference attendees.

Helena Grehan is Dean of Research for Arts, Business, Law, IT and Social Sciences at Murdoch University. She has published widely on performance studies and creative arts more broadly. Her current work focusses on listening as both a political and ethical act both within and beyond the borders of the performance space. She is a member of AusStage, a founding member of the Digitisation Centre of WA and is the Deputy Editor of Performance Research.

Oscar Tantoco Serquiña Jr. is a PhD candidate in Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne, where he is working on a dissertation that explores sites of speech study, training, and performance in the Philippines from the 20th to the 21st centuries. He is also a faculty member in the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts at the University of the Philippines. His essays have appeared in Theatre Research InternationalHumanities DilimanKritika Kultura, the Philippine Political Science Journal, and the Philippine Humanities Review

Joanne Tompkins has just completed a three-year term as Executive Director for Humanities and Creative Arts at the Australian Research Council. She has returned to the University of Queensland where she is a professor of theatre. She has published widely on theatre. Her recent work visualises theatres that no longer exist. She is a founding member of AusStage, and is Chair of its Management Committee.

Dr Asher Warren is a Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Tasmania. His research explores intermedial, networked, participatory and collaborative practices, and the sites of contemporary artistic practice. He is a member of Performance Studies international, the IFTR intermediality working group, ADSA, and currently sits on the PSi Future Advisory Board.