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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.

On-Demand Student Workshops

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:

  • 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: $380 for up to 30 students

IOED 1-4 schools contact us for a per student price.

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

Teacher Workshops

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.

Workshop bookings can be made via the link below:

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

In 2022 we will schedule in the following workshops:

  • Antje Guenther
    Thursday 24 February 2022
    10.30am – 2.30pm

    In the PD workshop, we’ll take a closer look at Epic Theatre & Brecht’s approach to theatre making and rehearsal from an actor’s perspective. Taking Brecht’s  idea of the rehearsal room as a laboratory, we’ll explore key elements of Epic Theatre through simple exercises that teachers can replicate and expand upon with their students. We’ll look at: the Trinity of Performer/Storyteller/Character; ‘Verfremdung’; The Art of Observation; Social Gestus; Fable and ‘erzählendes Arrangement’; Not… But… We’ll work with some of Brecht’s texts as well as improvise scenarios, and teachers will also receive a list of resources for further study/exploration.

    The workshop is also a great chance for them to explore these ideas/concepts in their own body, which will give them a better understanding and ability to teach them to their students — teaching from personal experience rather than just theory.

  • Ellen Steele
    Tuesday 15 March 2022
    10.30am – 2.30pm
    Lion Arts Studio, North Terrace, Adelaide

    This workshop is designed to supply participants with a toolkit of methods for creating content, abstract thinking and development of original devised work.

    When we develop our own work, we must begin by recognising our audience, deciding what we want to say to them and creating content that serves our artistic vision.

    This can be achieved through a range of methods which we’ll discuss throughout the workshop.

    For the practical component we will focus on three techniques – subverting classic texts, physical interpretation and object endowment.

  • Ashton Malcolm
    Monday 21 March 2022
    10.30am – 1.30pm
    Lion Arts Studio, North Terrace, Adelaide

    This session will cover:

    – methods for collaboratively and inclusively deciding on a theme for a new devised work.

    – physical theatre and group building warm ups that prepare students for physical theatre devising work. These warm ups will be based on the work of Augusto Boal and Frantic Assembly.

    – how to use simple gestures and physical tasks to create choreography and layered scenes. This will be based on the work of Complicite and Restless Dance.


  • Tim Overton
    Thursday 31 March 2022
    10am – 12pm
    Lion Arts Studio, North Terrace, Adelaide

    Tim will be teaching direction through play, explorative offers and something Tim likes to call affirmation mapping. These three subjects form the base of Tim’s directing style and can be illuminating when trying to get the best from your performers.