Drama Workshops

The Arts Unit is again conducting a series of skills development workshops for interested Drama students from Year 7-12. These workshops will be led by specialist tutors from the performing arts industry. 

Workshop Synopses

Voice Skills and Accents  (Years 10, 11 & 12)

This fun and involved class will take you through the process of understanding your own voice, what drives it and how it works, and the sounds you use to be understood; then gives you the tools you need to be able to "shift gears" and speak in another accent for performance.  Starting with the thought you have to express, discovering the breath, resonance to express it with, and encountering the sounds you articulate.  From there we'll compare your own accent to Standard British and Standard American, exploring both scenes and monologues.  Tutor:  Nick Curnow

Making Theatre (Years, 10, 11 & 12)

During this workshop, you will build your performance skills as you explore devising and improvisation and how to make theatre.  The creative brain will be challenged, engaged and inspired as you create a performance piece from scratch with your peers.  You will be presented with pieces of stimulus to inspire the theatre making process for both individual and group performances.  Tutor: Natalie Richards

Physical Theatre (Years 7, 8 & 9)

This workshop would explore some core Jacques Lecoq work and how to physicalize a character by using your body in non-traditional ways.  You will explore Lecoq exercises such as flocking, positions, the magic chair, the telephone, the 7 levels of tension and the elements.  Participants will also work on storytelling through movement, devising from physical action and moving with intention.  Tutor:  Cutis Fernandez

Improvisation (Years 7, 8 & 9)

During this workshop you will learn how to capture comedy and extend your craft by honing your ability to think on the spot, accept offers and act spontaneously.  By working in small groups, you will build trust and dramatic rapport; feel safe to explore character and scenario, and take risks to seek out the comic and meaningful moments.  Tutor:  Heather Campbell

Please Note:

  • Each student will choose one workshop.
  • Each workshop will be four hours duration.
  • Each workshop will be scheduled as a 2 x 2 hour session.
  • Each workshop will be lead by the same tutor.
  • All Students must wear comfortable clothing to these workshops and bring their own lunch which must include a bottle of water.
  • These workshops will be active.

Date & Time

The workshop will be held on Sunday 18 May 2014 at The Arts Unit, corner Toothill Street & The Boulevarde, Lewisham at 10.15am to 3.15pm (including a 45 minute lunch break).


All workshops cost $80.00 (including GST).

How to Apply

Please click on the Application Form which outlines synopses, schedule and payment details.

Please Note: The closing date for all workshops is WEDNESDAY 7 MAY 2014.  No refunds will be given to participants who withdraw from the workshop within SEVEN days of commencement of that workshop.


For further information please contact:-

   Paul Viles - Drama Performance Officer, The Arts Unit

   Tel: 8512 1175     Fax: 9569 6878     Email: drama.artsunit@det.nsw.edu.au

   Or you can visit ourwebsite: www.artsunit.nsw.edu.au/

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