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Chris Hay

Professor of Drama, Flinders University

Chris Hay is Professor of Drama at the Flinders Drama Centre, a position he took up in 2022 after previous appointments at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), the University of New England (UNE), and the University of Queensland (UQ). He is an Australian theatre and cultural historian, whose work examines funded cultural output for what it can tell us about national anxieties and preoccupations. His new book, Contemporary Australian Playwriting: Re-visioning the Nation on the Mainstage co-written with Stephen Carleton, was published by Routledge in 2022. Chris currently holds a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council for his project on the origins of live performance subsidy in Australia between 1949 and 1975.


  • 2022–present
    Professor, Drama, Flinders University
  • 2017–2022
    Senior Lecturer, Theatre History, University of Queensland
  • 2014–2017
    Associate Lecturer, Performance Practices, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)


  • 2014 
    University of Sydney, PhD