International Arts Education Week 2016

Better late than never! This week has been International Arts Education Week across the world. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated the inaugural International Arts Education Week back in 2012. This year’s theme is Arts Education for Sustainable Development. (UNESCO) recognizes the ongoing importance of arts education...

Drama Online Review

Drama Online is a subscription-based treasure trove of digital resources for drama and theatre teachers and students. Originating as a joint arrangement between Bloomsbury Publishing and Faber and Faber, Drama Online has now expanded to include additional publishers of theatre-related content, ranging from play texts and videos to audio plays and...

Shakespeare Live! A Line of Hamlets

This hilarious snippet from Shakespeare Live!, organised by the Royal Shakespeare Company and screened on the BBC to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, was meant as a bit of fun. But it’s actually a really good lesson in acting. As drama educators, we often discuss with our students the...

Poll Results: Your Favourite Shakespeare Play

The results are in for your favourite Shakespeare play and voting has now closed. The poll opened on January 15 and closed yesterday on April 23, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Nearly 3,000 votes were cast by readers of The Drama Teacher from all corners of the globe. Top 10...

2016 Drama Solo Performance and Theatre Studies Stagecraft Examinations

The 2016 Drama Solo Performance and Theatre Studies Stagecraft examinations have just been published by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Drama Solo Performance Examination This year’s Drama solo performance exam is an eclectic mix of characters from a range of stimuli. These stimuli include: a poem a novel...

VCE Drama Solo Performance Process

The VCE Drama solo performance process can be daunting for many students, so this post aims to offer students and teachers some direction on how to best tackle this rigorous and highly academic performance exam. It should also prove relevant to teachers and students of younger year levels, or...

Why Shakespeare Still Matters

Dr David McInnis  By Dr David McInnis, Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne  Shakespeare would be amused at how famous he is in 2016. Before anything else, he was a businessman: an actor, a shareholder in his company, as well as a playwright...

Shakespeare 400 Events – Get Involved!

The 400th anniversary of The Bard’s death will soon be upon us! The 23rd of April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and enthusiasts all across the globe are presenting events to celebrate the occasion. From dramatic readings, masterclasses, improv and theatrical performances to...

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