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Student & Teacher Workshops

Our State Educate program includes a wide variety of workshops for both students and teachers.

We run bespoke, on-demand student workshops tailored to the needs of your class and held at your school. We work with industry-leading artists to create workshops on topics from script writing and acting technique, to direction and technical production. We draw on a wide pool of talented professional artists and are happy to talk about any workshop topic ideas you might have for your classroom.

Teacher workshops are held throughout the school year on a variety of topics. These workshops are suitable for Drama, English, Dance, Creative Arts or Physical Education teachers of all year levels and count towards teacher Professional Development hours. Education students, new teachers and seasoned educators are all welcome to attend.

For more information, please email education@statetheatrecompany.com.au or call 08 8415 5333.

  • Our on-demand student workshops are designed to bring theatre professionals into the classroom where students feel comfortable, and work can be tailored to cover the current studies of the students. These workshops can be one-off or part of a series, cover a wide variety of topics, and are held on-site at schools for the convenience of teachers and students.

    The following are some of the workshops we’re able to offer on demand in 2021.

    • Absurd Theatre
    • Accent Work
    • Acting
    • Brecht
    • Commedia Dell’arte
    • Chekhov
    • Characterisation
    • Dramaturgy
    • Directing
    • Musical Theatre
    • Physical Theatre
    • Shakespeare
    • Vocal Work.

    Other workshop topics may also be available.

    Cost: $350 for 30 students.

    For more information about student workshops or to discuss other potential topics, please email education@statetheatrecompany.com.au

  • Teacher workshops on a range of topics are offered by State Theatre Company South Australia every year. We draw on professionals in the industry to share their expertise with teachers in ways that can be passed along to students in the classroom.

    The workshops on offer for 2021 will include:

    Brecht with Antje Guenther – 4 February

    • This 4-hour workshop explores Brecht’s approach to theatre-making from an actor’s perspective, taking his notion of the “rehearsal room as a laboratory” as our starting point. Together, we will explore key elements of Epic Theatre through a series of practical exercises. These will support you in facilitating your students’ development of an embodied understanding of the core tenets of one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the Western world.

    Musical Theatre with Mitchell Butel – 11 February

    • Designed to provide teachers with the skills to develop students in the areas of voice, scene into song, song performance, movement and acting training. It will also ensure that students apply safe and secure vocal technique and develop performance confidence.

    Theatre Design with Bianka Kennedy – 18 March

    • Creating from nothing
    • Starting points and process
    • A collaborative approach
    • Skills for the classroom
    • Communicating with models
    • Participants are welcome to bring a synopsis of interest to centre their activities around. Devices with access to Pinterest are highly encouraged. A notebook or sketchbook and drawing implements, including digital can be brought, with some simple materials supplied.

    Rehearsing and Directing with Mitchell Butel and Gabrielle Hornhardt – 25 March

    • Designed to look at pre-production preparation, rehearsal room set-up and protocols, cast preparation, safety and protocols, breaking down a script, working with actors, stages of rehearsal, production meetings and rehearsal room runs along with transitioning to the theatre.

    Devising Theatre with Rory Walker – 21 July

    • This comprehensive devising intensive will teach participants how to develop and create work responding to issues, thoughts, trends and culture relevant to them. It will provide teachers with some basic tools to allow students to come together and collaboratively work on making and devising their own pieces.

    Laban Movement with Renato Musolino – 26 July

    • This workshop will explore select components of Laban Movement Analysis, as developed by leading movement pioneer Rudolf Laban. There will be a focus on examining how Laban’s practical and grammatical movement legacy can assist the actor, in particular through the exploration of his Eight Basic Working Actions. Participants will explore a range of dynamic and creative exercises that will focus on developing their psycho-physical range. 

    Further enquiries can be directed to our Education Manager, Fiona Lukac, via email education@statetheatrecompany.com.au or phone 08 8415 5333.