Peta Tait Prize

Purpose of the Award

The Peta Tait Prize seeks to recognise ADSA members who have made a significant contribution to pioneering, nurturing and shaping a specific area of praxis within the inter-related fields of theatre, drama, and performance studies. This will be demonstrated through: a curated body of significant creative projects and associated traditional scholarship.

The Prize therefore recognises the role of an individual, or a sustained creative partnership, in not only pioneering new ways of understanding objects of study within our discipline, but also in shaping and supporting the work of others. The Prize seeks to acknowledge the often-overlooked role of mid-career and senior artist-scholars in advancing the field.


The Peta Tait Prize will be awarded once every four (4) years, starting in 2019. As there was no winner in 2019, the inaugural award has been held over until 2020. The subsequent sequence remains unchanged. The Prize will therefore next be awarded in:

  • 2020 (held over from 2019);
  • 2023; and
  • 2027.
Nominations should include a curated body of five works, in a combination of significant creative projects, for which the artist(s) can demonstrate a through-line of investigation and their contribution(s) in leadership role(s), and associated traditional scholarship.

Nominees can self-nominate. Alternatively, nominees can be nominated by another ADSA member. The nominator(s) should provide a 1000-word statement about the work’s impact that consists of the following:
  • The name of the creative projects and associated published scholarship;
  • The reason for the nomination, speaking to each of the categories of pioneering, nurturing and shaping a specific area of praxis;
  • Details of past projects where appropriate; and
  • Electronic copies of the work being nominated.


To be eligible, at least one of the nominated works must have been published or produced in any of the four years prior to the award of the prize. For the inaugural prize, nominations will be extended back to 2011.

To be eligible, the nominee must have been a member of ADSA in the year in which the qualifying work was published or produced, and in the year of the award. In the case of jointly-produced projects, at least one nominee should be a member of ADSA in the year(s) stipulated, and in this case, the prize money will be awarded to the member. Members are not eligible to win the same prize consecutively, whether solely or jointly.

Nominations should be received by the deadline in the year in which the prize is to be awarded: for the 2020 award, no later than 1 September 2020. Judges for the 2020 prize are Bernadette Cochrane (UQ), Rea Dennis (Deakin), and Helena Grehan (Murdoch).

Please send complete nominations to the prize convenor Dr Bernadette Cochrane ( 

About Peta Tait

Professor Peta Tait is a Life Member of ADSA. Her research areas include, animal performance and animal studies; Australian theatre and gender identity; body-based performance; performing emotions and their social meanings; and Chekhov’s drama and realistic acting theory. She is the author of Circus Bodies: Cultural Identity in Aerial Performance. (London Routledge, 2005); Performing Emotions: Gender, Bodies, Spaces, in Chekhov’s Drama and Stanislavski’s Theatre.  (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002); Converging Realities: Feminism in Australian Theatre.  (Sydney: Currency Press, 1994). She is the editor of Body Show/s: Australian Viewings of Live Performances. (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000) and co-editor (with Elizabeth Schafer) of Australian Women’s Drama: Texts and Feminisms. (Sydney: Currency Press, 1997. Republished 2000).

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