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Literacy Through Drama

  • Uni SA Magill Campus - Building G1 20 St Bernards Road Magill, South Australia Australia (map)

Drama South Australia is excited to work with the following artists to bring you exciting and engaging workshops that link the teaching of Literacy through Drama.

In these workshops, presenters will use skills in speaking and listening, writing and storytelling through various drama strategies. Role-play, improvisation, soundscapes, story mapping, narration through movement and much more will be explored through these sessions.

Let Drama launch you into an exciting and engaging literary experience!

Choose from two of our fantastic presenters in each session. 

Session 1 

9 am to 10:30 am

Anne Mayer - Storytelling through improvisation

Suitability: ECC, Primary, Middle Years

Anne is the Founder of ImproNOW; she trained in Canada with Keith Johnstone (creator of TheatreSports™) and in Sydney with Lyn Pierce (author of ‘TheatreSports Down Under’). She has nearly 20 years’ local and international experience teaching and performing improvisation, acting and clowning.

“I’m laughing so much I can’t believe I’m working”, will be the first thing you think, then you realise you’re actually learning! This is what your students will feel too. The workshop is designed to give fun and practical ways to stimulate and create interesting student-driven narratives through improvisation, which can then be the base to a script, written story or stimulus for other creative ideas. When put in to practise you will be surprised at how creative and inspired students of all ages can be, especially those who are not typically academic or engaged.

Note: There will be some low-level physical involvement so leave your stilettos at the door! A Teacher Resource booklet is supplied so you can leave your pens there too.

Eliza Lovell - Story Mapping Through Drama

Suitability: Middle Years-Senior Secondary

(Performer: theatre maker: audio describer: arts educator: teaching artist: creative explorer)

Eliza graduated from Flinders University Drama Centre (1992) BA Hons Drama (first class) and has worked extensively (national/ international) in the arts as a performer and theatre-maker (theatre, film, television and radio).

She is an experienced Teaching Artist (consultant and mentor) spanning across early childhood, primary and secondary schools. Eliza is a leader in Community and Cultural Development and child-led arts practice, and champion’s the rights of agency for young people through critical, divergent thinking and reflexive practice.

For Carclew she has designed and delivered the programs: Developing Effective Arts Learning (DEAL), Creative Body Based Learning (CBL) and Ngarrindjeri Yanun. Other current projects include Co-Investigators of Reality for DreamBIG 2019 with the Australian Science and Maths School. In 2018, Eliza was the resident artist at the A.S.K in China (Shanghai and Beijing).

Eliza currently teaches at Flinders University of South Australia (School of Education, Psychology and Social Work) in the Expressive Arts: Drama (Early Childhood).

In this practical workshop, you will explore story mapping using found objects and the elements of Drama.  Note: Please bring 4 x varied and random objects with you to the workshop.

Session 2

11 am to 12:30 pm

Valerie Harrold - Storytelling Through Drama

Suitability: ECC - Middle Years

Valerie has been involved with drama in education for over forty years. She is passionate about developing children’s abilities to unlock their imagination, strengthen their confidence and tell their stories.

She will engage you in a very practical workshop giving you a variety of strategies to ignite the storyteller in any young person. This workshop will also involve the use of Clips, a free app to be able to record any stories created.

Karen Inwood - Storytelling Through Creative Arts

Suitability: Senior  

Karen Inwood has been an educator for the very young to the old and is currently a lecturer in Arts Education; drama, music and media arts, at UniSA. She is passionate about arts education; inclusion is currently engaged in her PhD and is Education Officer for Drama SA.  

Curious about how Drama intersects with Creative Arts (SACE)? Me too. Come on an epiliteracy[i] journey where we will inquire and compose a narration for the moment. Layers of arts disciplines will be incorporated; dance, drama, media arts and visual arts. [i] Huber, Dinham and Clark, 2015

Member: $50

Non-member: $70

Undergraduate Student: $30

Session Suitability: ECC - Junior Primary - Upper Primary Years 4 - 9 and Senior

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