2014 Top Class Drama and Theatre Studies Performer Lists

Local readers of The Drama Teacher will know I am always a big supporter of the annual VCAA Season of Excellence, which includes Top Class Drama and Top Class Theatre Studies concerts. Showcasing some of the very best student performance examinations from 2013, this year’s Top Class concerts will...

Drama Victoria Conference 2013

I hope local readers of The Drama Teacher have booked one or two days for the upcoming Drama Victoria conference at The University of Melbourne this Thursday and Friday. The largest annual conference of its type in Australia, the Drama Vic conference represents a great opportunity for drama and...

Discuss Your Ideas On The Forum

Did you know The Drama Teacher has a forum where you can discuss various aspects of drama education with other like-minded people? Sometimes on The Drama Teacher you can’t find a post that directly relates to what you want to discuss right away. So the forum on this website...

Rigour and Discipline in Drama

Let’s face it, too many students view drama as a soft, easy (or ‘bludge’) subject at school. Sometimes we find ourselves fighting for our own credibility as a subject on the curriculum, so the easiest way to fight back is to create strong, rigourous and academic drama programs. Occasionally...

The Best Drama Classes Run Themselves

I have come to the conclusion over many years of teaching that the best drama classes run themselves. I had a magic moment in a drama class this morning where I stepped back and witnessed my senior class of 21 students in five groups happily undertaking an activity all...

2012 Drama Victoria State Conference

Last Thursday and Friday, Drama¬†Victoria¬†held its annual state conference at The University of Melbourne. What a conference it was! This year’s program witnessed a change from previous years with Friday being a day of extended master classes with experts in specific fields running four-hour workshops split into two-hour blocks....

Qualities Of A Good Drama Teacher

Many readers of The Drama Teacher are university students, graduate teachers new to this wonderful profession, teachers returning to the Drama classroom after time away and others who have been allocated a Drama class, but may not have any formal training in the field. Having taught high school Drama...

Are Schools Killing Creativity?

British educationalist and supporter of the arts, Sir Ken Robinson, delivered this fantastic address at the 2006 TED conference. His general argument is that our education systems are killing creativity in our school children and that creativity is so important it should be treated with the same respect as...

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