Welcome to ADSA Ltd


Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies

ADSA is the peak academic association promoting the study of drama in any performing medium throughout the region. ADSA represents members of staff and postgraduate students of Australasian institutions of tertiary education who are engaged in teaching, research and practice in theatre, drama and performance studies. Directors of associated theatres and members of the profession are also active members. ADSA’s annual conference is usually held in December.
Djindang Walking from Jabararra to Wadawurrung (2021), by Kiri Tawhai
Djindang Walking from Jabararra to Wadawurrung (2021), by Kiri Tawhai. Used with permission from Deakin University. More info.


2023 Annual Conference

Monday 27 November — Friday 1 December


The 2023 Conference theme, Archives, Artists & Absences, invites ADSA members to reflect on what is remembered and what is forgotten in our discipline, in the work that we study, and in the work that we make. We will also take this opportunity to celebrate AusStage's 21st birthday, as we chart together new courses for the database.

The 2023 conference will be held in-person on Kaurna land in Adelaide. The Conference website is now live, and registration is now open. The full Conference Programme will be released at the end of September.


AusStage — The Australian Live Performance Database

ADSA Ltd is a supporter of AusStage, which provides an accessible online resource for researching live performance in Australia. Development is led by a consortium of universities, government agencies, industry organisations and collecting institutions with funding from the Australian Research Council and other sources. AusStage is incribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register, and its international partners include IbsenStage, Performing Glastonbury and Theatre Aotearoa. We encourage ADSA members and friends to contribute their research to the database.