2014 Solo Performance and Stagecraft Examinations

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has just published the 2014 VCE Drama Solo Performance Examination and the 2014 VCE Theatre Studies Stagecraft Examination. This year marks the first examinations resulting from revised Study Designs in both subjects. Theatre Studies teachers should be aware the 2014 Stagecraft Examination is in...

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...

Quality Not Quantity in Drama

It is easy for teachers to slip into the zone of focusing on quantity in drama education, while losing focus of a more important factor – quality. Whether it be the length of a play rehearsal or a student-devised drama piece, quality should always take precedence over quantity. Who cares...

Epic Theatre Conventions

Along with Constantin Stanislavski, Bertolt Brecht was one of the two most influential figures of 20th century theatre and the most significant practitioner since World War II. Brecht’s theories for the stage, including his well-known epic theatre form and distancing techniques, made him a force to be reckoned with. Although...

Poor Theatre Conventions

Polish theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999) is best known for his intense actor training processes in the 1960s and 70s. At the Laboratory Theatre in Opole, Grotowski and his small groups of actors experimented with the physical, spiritual and ritualistic aspects of theatre, the nature of role, and the...

Realism and Naturalism Theatre Conventions

One of the more confusing aspects of theatre history and performance styles for teachers and students is the differences between realism and naturalism. The two schools of thought and subsequent movements in the theatre were distinct and separate, though blurred with historical time lines and similarities in style. As...

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