General Description

• Instilling quality from the beginning

• Moving them out of their comfort zone

• Creating a portfolio of skills

• Competence across all the Dramatic Elements

• Using the Australian Curriculum to inspire diversity and empathy

• Teaching production skills off stage and on stage

• Building towards Senior Drama

 

Audience

All secondary Drama teachers.

Drama teachers who want to teach Senior Drama

 

Teaching Standards

2.2.4 Lead Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content selection and organisation:  Lead initiatives that utilise comprehensive content knowledge to improve the selection and sequencing of content into coherently organised learning and teaching programs.

 

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing “Achieving Quality in Drama - Advanced Strategies” before 4th February 2022 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors {{standards2}} from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

 

Venue Information:

Club York

Level 2, 99 York St

Sydney

Map

Directions

It is part of the Bowlers Club, with an entrance beside the Club.  Take the lift to Level 2.  A couple of buildings from the corner of Market Street, on the left-hand side heading towards Circular Quay.  Middle of CBD.

Transport

5 min. walk from Town Hall Station, through Queen Vic. Building to Market St.  

Buses from George or York Streets.  Market Street is the closest stop.

Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip.

Parking

Available underneath the Club.  Entrance Secure Parking 168 Clarence Street (back of building).

Parking Rates


COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.

Sessions

Raising the bar on quality performance

1 hour and 30 minutes

  • ACARA – SENIOR EMPHASES
  • DEFINITIONS
  • ELEMENTS OF DRAMA
  • CONTENTS Of manual and CD 15 mins
  • QUALITY IMPROVEMENT General Tips – Talk
  • SCRIPT TO PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS
  • (Dramatic Elements – Role/Relationships)
  • ‘Doll’ SCRIPTS 20 mins
  • QUALITY IMPROVISATION
  • Yielding/Saving/Empowering/Making others look good 20 mins
  • EXTENDING THEIR COMFORT ZONE: General Tips
  • ‘Vanity’ machine working from movement
  • (Dramatic Elements Space/Movement) 25 mins
  • WORKING FROM ABSTRACT IDEAS
  • Do Poem to Performance Plan 10 mins


The Tools For Personal Dramatic growth

1 hour and 45 minutes

  • SKILLS PORTFOLIO – Building evidence of excellence 10 mins
  • TEACHING THE DRAMATIC ELEMENTS EFFECTIVELY -
  • Role and Char/Relationships – Talk
  • Situation: Workshop: Antarctica
  • Focus: Workshop Mime/Construction site
  • Tension: Workshop
  • Time: Workshop – Romeo & Juliet. Vision Ian McKellen
  • Prepare 15 mins Perform 15 mins Discuss 10 mins. Total – 40 mins
  • Language/Mood & Atmosphere – Talk
  • CONSTRUCTING DRAMAS USING THE ELEMENTS
  • Using AC – Sustainability – Global Warming Apocalypse Movement Piece
  • Brainstorm – What/How 10 mins
  • Workshop 15 mins
  • Perform 15 mins
  • Plenary 15 mins


PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES EVEN FURTHER

1 hour and 15 minutes

  • USING THE AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM TO DRIVE DIVERSITY AND EMPATHY – Asia/ATSI
  • Clips and Websites for Asian Theatre
  • Talk/Workshop – Creating a Tableaux of Asian Immigration 15 mins
  • TEACHING PRODUCTION SKILLS AND UTILISING THEM
  • Talk – Assignment
  • Student Clip – Assessing Production Skills
  • Assignment: Consider the following decisions made by these SA students on: - Acting/Costume/Dramaturgy/Lighting/Make Up/Props/Set/Stage Management
  • What decision have they made?
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of each decision? 15 mins
  • BUILDING TOWARDS SENIOR DRAMA
  • Talk – Non-Naturalism
  • Non-naturalistic Dramatic Element – Symbol
  • Workshop #1: Puppets/Galactic Council/Breakfast Opera 5 mins
  • Workshop #2: Three Ages/Three Eras – create a symbol 10 mins
  • TEACHING BRECHTIAN CONCEPTS
  • Talk – Notes
  • Workshop: A Brechtian Drama designed to make us face an issue Prepare 10 mins Perform 5 mins 15 mins
  • Plenary/Resource Sharing/Evaluation 15 mins


What To Bring

USB stick, clothes to move in, resources and ideas to share

Presenter

Ron Thomas

Australia wide Facilitator and Key note speaker for various Teacher Training providers in the Australian Curriculum, English, Writing, Drama and Debating. Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide. Author of ‘Engaging Students in Drama’ Phoenix Education. Workshop presenter for VATE and Drama Victoria. My business runs seminars in Public Speaking, Leadership and Debating skills for students. I also run in school seminars for staff in the above plus English in the Australian Curriculum. Published Feature writer and poet.