The Middle School Professional Learning Community is a joint initiative of Drama South Australia and Windmill Theatre Co. A group of teachers, from Years 5 to 9, will have access to workshops with creatives and actors across six professional learning sessions. These sessions will include interactions with professional theatre makers and the opportunity to witness the development of a major new Windmill work during its development. The workshops will support educators to extend and develop new skills, networks and gain an in-depth understanding of the creation of new Australian dramatic works for young people.

Registrations close Thursday 17 May.

Following the successful delivery of the Primary Drama Professional Learning Community by Drama South Australia (DSA) in 2016, in 2018 DSA has partnered with Windmill Theatre Co to deliver a new program for teachers of years 5 to 9.

The Middle School Professional Learning Community (MSPLC) program provides places for a limited number of teachers to participate in a broad reaching development program. The MSPLC will be broken into monthly development sessions taking place each month from June to September 2018. The program aims to explore a range of perspectives on the creation of new theatrical works from writers, directors and actors.


Outcomes include:

  • Development of a professional learning community for Middle School Teachers that includes peer support and mentoring guidance
  • Access to high level theatre industry professionals through a series of in depth seminars
  • Insight into pathways within the performing arts industry
  • Enhanced capacity for arts and cultural leadership
  • Collaboration and exchange between peers
  • New perspectives into aspects of the contemporary theatrical creative process

Benefits aligned to the Teachers Standards:

  • Engage with colleagues and improve practice
  • Networking with theatre professionals and professional theatre companies
  • Engage in professional learning and improve practice
  • Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities


To participate in the program, selected teachers will commit to:

  • Participate in six workshops across the program (June – September 2018). The workshops will be held at Windmill Theatre Co Studios (Sturt St Adelaide).
  • Develop and trial units of work from ideas gained from the workshops and share the outcomes with participants.
  • Share the professional learning with colleagues at their site.

In addition, participating teachers will have the opportunity to engage with the development of Windmill Theatre Co’s new production Amphibian including complimentary tickets for the premiere performance season.


Download Application Form

Applicants should download the Expression of Interest form, fill in and return to Ross McHenry, Associate Producer on ross.mchenry@windmill.org.au.

To be eligible to apply you need to be a current DSA member. If you are not a current member click here to sign up online or contact info@dramasa.org to apply for membership.

The program will cost $200.

For more information or to discuss your application, contact Ross McHenry, Associate Producer on ross.mchenry@windmill.org.au.

Registrations close Thursday 17th of May 2018

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