A strong independent arts sector combined with the international stature of the Flinders Drama Centre makes Adelaide one of the best cities for graduates to launch their careers.
That is according to newly appointed Professor of Drama Chris Hay who joined Flinders in October 2022 and says South Australia offers “a full career pathway” in the arts.
“You can really build the foundation of an artistic career from the beginning through to mainstage success in a way that, increasingly, you can’t do in some of those east coast capitals because of the real squeeze the industry has been feeling particularly in those places,” he says.
“South Australia has always had a vibrant independent sector, powered in part by the (Adelaide) Fringe, so there’s that annual opportunity to show your wares to a huge range of people.”
Adelaide’s strong arts scene, fuelled by other annual events, including OzAsia Festival and the Adelaide Festival, means that drama students also have regular access to some of the best performers in the world.
“It's perfectly possible for students studying in Adelaide to bring into the classroom with them their experiences of absolutely top-notch international work, and that is really exciting,” Professor Hay says.
“That means that they are putting their own practice, either implicitly or explicitly, into conversation with the best, most cutting-edge work in the world. Our graduates are going to be making work alongside those folks.”