The devaluation of the artist in theatre and theatre policy, evolving or recurring? Invited online talk for Centre of Culture and Media Policy at University of Warwick

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Invited research seminar as part of the seminar series for the Centre of Culture and Media Policy at University of Warwick.

Much has been written about the precarity of the artist and their dependency on institutions. Precarity is a de-economisation of individual artists on which the economy and public policy of theatre relies. This working paper tries to bring together pre-COVID and Rapid Response research. It suggests that the separation of the artist from the language, public policies and policymaking, financial mechanisms, business practices and decision-making of professional subsidised theatre represents a structurally complicit and unethical faultline within the form. The creative and aesthetic processes on which professional theatre depends for its value must be re-embedded within its value systems. COVID19 interrupted and transformed production and delivery and also sent this research in a new direction. How does one avoid a return to an unethical system? What lessons can be taken forward?
Period17 Nov 2021
Held atUniversity of Warwick, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • artists
  • COVID-19
  • stakeholder theory
  • cultural value
  • theatre
  • freelancers
  • cultural industries
  • cultural policy
  • ethics