Contemporary Australian Theatre Practice: Professional Development Workshop for NSW Drama Teachers

When:25 Mar 2017, 9am - 4pm
Venue:Studio 334 (Level 3), Robert Webster Building, UNSW Sydney
Who:Theatre and Performance Studies (School of Arts and Media), and School of Education, UNSW Sydney

Workshop Two


Registration: $275

This one-day workshop on Contemporary Australian Theatre Practice (Topic 2, Australian Drama and Theatre, HSC Drama) explores rehearsal approaches used by theatre practitioners and how to translate these into teaching strategies for the classroom. The morning sessions are led by experienced Australian theatre director, Mary-Anne Gifford, exploring approaches to rehearsing Lally Katz’s Neighbourhood Watch and Daniel Keene’s Life Without Me. The afternoon sessions, led by Dr Jonathan Bollen (Theatre and Performance Studies, UNSW) and Tiffany Crittle (Head of Drama, Wenona), focus on gathering resources for teaching the plays, and processes for curriculum creation. The workshop is registered with BOSTES as professional development for teachers. Participants will learn practical approaches for teaching Australian drama in ways that engage with contemporary theatre practice.

BOSTESCompleting this workshop will contribute 6 hours of QTC registered PD addressing Standards 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2 and 3.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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Workshop Leaders

Tiffany CrittleTiffany Crittle

Tiffany Crittle is currently Head of Drama at Wenona School and Drama Method Lecturer with the School of Education at The University of New South Wales. She holds a Diploma of Education, a  Master of Arts in English and Theatre Studies and a Master of Education. Tiffany is an accomplished and very experienced teacher of Drama. She has taught at a number of schools in Sydney in both the public and private school sectors. Prior to working at Wenona Tiffany was Head of Drama at Loreto Normanhurst and before that established Drama as a subject at Ravenswood School for Girls. She has been a Senior Marker for the HSC Drama Written Paper for a number of years and has also marked HSC Drama Performance and Projects.

Mary Anne GiffordMary-Anne Gifford

Mary-Anne Gifford is a director, writer, dramaturg and teacher. She has directed over forty theatre productions in Australia, Vietnam and United States. She was Artistic Director of Railway Street Theatre Company for six years, Centre Director of Australian National Playwrights’ Centre in its final year and Manager of Part-time Courses and Open Program Productions for NIDA from 2009 to 2012. Mary-Anne has written and directed shows for Railway Street Theatre Company, NIDA, Bell Shakespeare Company and Sydney Theatre Company. Her play, Something More Than Night, was short-listed for the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights' Award. Mary-Anne has a Bachelor of Arts from UNSW, a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Directing from NIDA and a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Writing for Performance from NIDA. She has participated at the Australian National Playwrights' Conference as a dramaturg and director, and worked as a lecturer and tutor at NIDA and University of New South Wales. 

Jonathan BollenDr Jonathan Bollen

Jonathan Bollen (BA (Hons) Sydney; PhD Western Sydney) is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at UNSW. He currently teaches courses in Australian drama, popular entertainment, and theatre history. He is the co-author of two books: Men at Play: Masculinities in Australian Theatre since the 1950s (Rodopi, 2008) and A Global Doll’s House: Ibsen and Distant Visions (Palgrave, 2016). He has taught theatre, drama and performance studies at Flinders University, Monash University and the University of New England. His research interests include the repertoire of plays in Australian theatre production and the history of entertainers travelling between Australia and Asia in the 1950s and 1960s. He also has experience in the digital humanities, developing collaborative methodologies for archival theatre research. From 2006 to 2013 he was coordinator of research for AusStage, the online resource for researching Australian Performance.

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Robert Webster Building is located mid-way off the UNSW main walkway. Map Reference G14. Studio 334 is located on the third floor. 

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