Professor Julian Meyrick

Academic Status

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities (219)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Julian Meyrick is Strategic Professor of Creative Arts at Flinders University. He is a theatre historian and cultural policy analyst, as well as an award-winning theatre director. Previously he was Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company, where he was responsible for establishing Hard Lines, a new play development programme.

Professor Meyrick has published widely on the Australian theatre, culture, and cultural policy. He is currently Chief Investigator on two ARC Linkage Projects: AusStage Phase 5 (LE140100024) and Laboratory Adeclaide: Accounting for Culture's Value in the Arts, Cultural Organisations and Events (LP140100802).

Professor Meyrick is Artistic Counsel for the State Theatre Company of South Australia and a member of the Currency House editorial board. The Retreat of Our National Drama, his second Currency House Platform Paper, was published in 2014.


PhD (theatre history) La Trobe University (2000)

MA (theatre directing) Kansas University (1986)

BSSc (economics and politics) Exeter University (1984)

Honours, awards and grants

Best New Australian Work, Helpmann Awards, 2012

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, La Trobe University 2007-10

Special Mention, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies Award, 2002

Best Director on the Fringe, Victorian Green Room Awards, 1999 (double award)

Pick of the Fringe, ABC Radio Award, 1991

Teaching interests


Cultural Policy.

Supervisory interests
Australian drama
Australian theatre history
Cultural policy
Dramaturgy, adaptation and creative development
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Australian Drama (1), Theatre history (1), Fiction and rhetoric (1)
Associate supervisor: Cross cultural theatre (1), Cultural value (1), Cross cultural dramaturgy (1)
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Further information

Professor Meyrick is a regular contributor to The Conversation. Links to his articles may be found here.

The Conversation