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Drama SA Technical Theatre Workshop

  • Mt Carmel College 33 Newcastle Street Rosewater, SA, 5013 Australia (map)

Drama South Australia is excited to present another awesome hands-on, practical learning day immersing ourselves into some of the technical elements in Drama and Creative Arts. Fantastic, relevant workshops are being offered on film-making, editing, make-up design, lighting and sound. You can choose which one best suit your needs and work effectively in small, collaborative groups to explore techniques and programs in these fields.

A brief outline of the day and the sessions that will be available on the day are:

8.30 am Registration

9.00 am Session 1   Film-Making (Choose one session from Editing or Filming the Theatre)

10.30 am  Morning Tea

11.00 am Session 2  Make-Up Design (Choose one session from Aging or Feature Make-up)

12.30 pm Lunch

1.00 pm Session 3 Lighting and Sound (Choose one session from Software or Basic Lighting/Sound Practical)

2.30 pm Feedback 

Make sure to choose one workshop per session, as the two workshops under each area will be running at the same time. 

  • Early Bird Ticket - DSA Member


  • Early Bird Ticket - Non-member


  • Undergraduate Student


  • Member


  • Non-member

    $95.00 for tickets

Let us introduce some of our lovely presenters on the day!

Luke Bartholomew – Filmmaker/Technician

Luke Bartholomew has been working in film and theatre for more than 10 years in both creative and technical roles. He is currently working as a freelancer in the film industry and is a full-time employee at Mighty Good Productions as Star Theatre’s venue technician and Mighty Good Talent School’s technical supervisor. Luke has experience at all levels of production, from feature films to showreels, from large touring shows to small one person plays. He understands that the sky is the limit when it comes to creative productions, but they can also be done well on a budget.

Luke will be presenting two workshops; the first in Session1 on Filming Theatre: 

Editing Short Films & Theatre
- From camera to computer
- Editing software options
- Phone editing software
- Editing theory
- Thinking about sound
- Applying this to theatre

And then, in Session 3, on Setting up sound and lighting for a production:

Setting Up A Live Show
- Controlling sound effect with QLab (Mac only)
- Where to find royalty free sound resources & music
- Simple sound editing tricks & the software to do it
- Alternatives to QLab (PC options)
- Lighting solutions
- Making it easier to build and run shows

Trent Philips - Drama Teacher/Theatre Maker

Trent is an early career teacher of The Arts, specialising in Drama working with R - 7 students. A confessed 'technologist' Trent uses consumer tech in his classroom to film, edit, mix and experiment with multiple areas of the Arts curriculum. Currently, president of Drama South Australia, Trent has received the Educators SA World Teacher's Days Early Career Teacher Award for 2018. Trent is also on the organising committee for Arts Inspire, an Arts education event for educators who wish to extend their student's knowledge in the Arts.

The workshop will focus on filming and editing in a Primary setting. Using iPads, phones and basic cameras, participants will look to shoot and edit a short narrative. We will look at software and editing techniques that are completed on device, which saves time and eliminates any possibility of work going missing. Apps like iOS's Clips orAdobe Premiere clips allow students to film edit and publish in the space of one lesson. Some devices will be available, but to guarantee a device bring along the equipment you use in your space.

Phil Grummet – Makeup Design

Phil has been a supplier and practitioner of stage make-up for over 30 years. He has worked widely for film television and theatre companies as well as doing the Christmas pageant make-up for countless years on a voluntary basis. He is highly regarded in the field by practitioners from every avenue of drama and is often called on to problem solve or do exceptionally tricky make-up. Given his background as a professional pharmacist, he often makes his own concoctions of blood etc. and is keenly aware of health and safety. He is an entertaining presenter and a master craftsperson and we are lucky to have his wealth of wisdom and experience in teaching a session on special effects.

In Phil's session, he will focus on applying aging techniques in theatre productions and the necessary tools and skills to create a perfect aged look.

Vanessa Lee Shirley - Make-up Artist

Vanessa Lee Shirley from Little World Media is a performing artist and specialises in feature make-up from film, TV, theatre, and special effects including prosthetics. Vanessa has worked professionally in film and theatre and has a passion for the performing arts. 

Workshop details: Vanessa will take us through the basics of stage makeup, aging and make-up for different genders.

Anthony Kelly - Drama Teacher/Theatre Maker

Anthony is currently the Drama Subject Leader at Mercedes College in Adelaide, where he teaches progressive forms of Drama to middle and high school students. He also works as an independent multidisciplinary practitioner as a director, facilitator, devisor, designer, operator and actor. Anthony firmly believes in the importance of the Arts as a vehicle for change and helping young people feel empowered and find their own voices through the Arts.

 Anthony is also a founding member of Conundrum Theatre and their reputation for creating immersive theatre and site-specific works for and with young people is growing.  Their site-specific and immersive works include Where to From Here?, Unpacking Unley’s Lost Worlds, The Bunyip of Brownhill Creek, SuperCOO-EEfragilisticexpialiCRIKEY and most recently the Ruby Award-winning production Area 53. 

Anthony has worked with a range of youth theatre companies including South Australian Youth Arts (SAYarts) and D’Faces of Youth Arts in a variety of roles and has also written a number of contemporary and incisive musicals for schools.

He is also addicted to coffee.

In Anthony's session, he will take you through how to use a variety of free and paid for software for the Drama classroom/theatre. He will be focussing on giving you an active look into how to use lighting software (LightKey, QLC+) for both Mac and PC, and also showing you how to use QLab (Mac) and Multiplay (PC) for your multimedia projection cues. 

Sessions suitability: Primary, Middle School and Senior Secondary Teachers, Early Career Teachers and University students

Earlier Event: May 18
Literacy Through Drama
Later Event: August 3
Stage Combat
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