ADSA CONFERENCE 2021

PERFORMERS, MAKERS, METHODOLOGIES

CRAFTING CONDITIONS FOR DECENTRING SCHOLARSHIP AND PEDAGOGY IN DRAMA, THEATRE, PERFORMANCE STUDIES AND DANCE


Zainab Syed is a Pakistani Poet and Creative Producer. Her practice sits at the intersection of social justice and live performance. After graduating from Brown University, USA she toured across the world performing poetry and teaching writing to incarcerated women and trauma victims until 2017.

From 2017-2021, Zainab worked at Performing Lines WA as a Producer spearheading ambitious new works of scale by independent dance and theatre artists as well as the 2020 & 2021 Kolyang Creative Hub and Artist Labs, capacity building Initiatives to facilitate pathways and cohesion within the WA arts sector. In June 2021, she joined Belvoir St Theatre as a Producer.

Her work has focused on facilitating intercultural collaborations, developing inclusive frameworks for creating new work and pathways for culturally diverse artists, enabling systemic change within institutions as well as supporting Australian artists and stories to tour regionally, nationally and internationally. 

Zainab is a member of the Theatre Network Australia Board and Deputy Chair of The Blue Room Theatre board. She is a 2020 Churchill Fellow, founder of Pakistan Poetry Slam (2015) and a Humanitarian Observer with the Australian Red Cross Immigration Detention Program.