• The Epic Theatre of Dogville

    I am always on the hunt for more ways students can better understand various theatre styles, particularly those with few examples on film for contemporary students to view in the classroom. One of the most significant performance styles of 20th century theatre was epic theatre, initially conceived by Erwin...

  • Erwin Piscator: Multimedia Pioneer for the Theatre

    German theatre director Erwin Piscator (1893-1966) may not have been the first person to use projected images or film in stage plays, but he was certainly a pioneer in this area and one of the first to do so successfully. All this makes perfect sense when we consider Piscator was the...

  • Museum Theatre

    Museum Theatre is a form of applied theatre usually performed in a non-traditional space, typically inside a public museum (but also in zoos, art galleries, aquariums, etc.). Museum Theatre itself can consist of many and varied forms. Most commonly it is a first person interpretation of actual people and events,...

  • VCE Drama and Theatre Studies High Scorers 2016

    Results have just been published for the highest scoring students this year in the sister subjects of Drama and Theatre Studies for the final year of schooling in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). All VCE subjects are scored out of a total of 50 marks. A student’s study...

  • Elements of Drama: Conflict

    Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said “No conflict, no drama”. Conflict is the basis of all good theatre and should therefore be an essential learning component in any high school drama course. Students of theatre must know from the outset that drama without conflict is usually very dull, indeed. Here is a...

  • Friday Essay: The Arts And Our Still-Born National Identity

    Stephen Sewell, National Institute of Dramatic Art The debate about culture in Australia typically follows a familiar pattern: a commentator laments declining cultural standards and narrowing opportunities and looks for someone to blame. The usual suspects scatter, leaving the artists to respond by pointing to inadequate funding and whining...