Course Description

This course is a hands on immersion in successful strategies that Engage students deeply in Drama. They cover:

  • Managing the drama classroom
  • Strategies to win over boys
  • Multiple ways into character
  • Introducing movement surreptitiously
  • Improvisation strategies
  • Running a Theatre Sports competition
  • Using “Thank God you are here” in the classroom
  • Mime skills and scenarios
  • Clowning
  • Commedia D’Ell Arte
  • Voice training
  • Radio plays and how to perform them
  • Interpreting scripts

From the author of 'Engaging Students in Drama', Phoenix Education.

What to bring

Clothes that allow movement


Late Primary to senior secondary drama teachers

Teaching Standards

1.6.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Strategies to support full participation of students with disability:  Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements

2.2.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content selection and organisation: Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies: Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning

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This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.



Session - 1 - An Engaging Start

1 hour 40 min

  • Physical warm up: pirate ship -manual
  • Get-to-know-you activities - pairs on different tables - manual
  • Trust activities workshop new partner
  • The Drama Classroom - manual, discussion
  • CD contents - CD on screen
  • Character through animals workshop - manual
  • Character through Laban workshop
  • Machines workshop  - manual
  • Plenary:  Great ideas/etc

Session - 2 -Building Skills Without Losing Engagement

1 hour 40 min

  • Teaching good Improvisation
  • Exploding realities p 13
  • Theatre sports: In a .. with a …| while a …|… p 17
  • Running a competition p 14 - on screen
  • Mime
  • What are you doing? p 18
  • Teaching Complex mime - mime scenarios workshop
  • Voice
  • Voices off play
  • Script ('Bump in the Night' or 'Under Milk Wood')

Session - 3 - Engaging in Performance

1 hour 40 min

  • Creating meaningful monologues  - manual,  CD
  • Dynamic duologues - manual
  • Introducing public performance/scripts - manual, workshop
  • Introducing public performance/dramaturgy  - workshop
  • Drama in history  - manual, CD on screen      
  • Commedia Dell'Arte - manual,  CD on Screen     
  • Plenary idea sharing
  • Evaluation

Venue Information


Club York Sydney
Level 2, 99 York St
NSW 2000


Club York 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.

Public 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.


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.


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.