Professor Julian Meyrick is Strategic Professor of Creative Arts at Flinders University in South Australia. He is a theatre historian and a 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, performance theory and practice, contemporary dramaturgy, and cultural policy. He is currently Chief Investigator on two ARC Linkage Projects: AusStage and Laboratory Adelaide: The Value of Culture. Professor Meyrick is Artistic Counsel for the State Theatre Company of South Australia.