KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Robyn Ewing- Sydney University and STC
Welcome/Keynote Address & Workshop 2.3
Robyn is Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. A former primary teacher she teaches in the areas of curriculum, English and drama, working with both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Robyn is passionate about the Arts and education and the role quality arts experiences and processes can and should play in pedagogy across the curriculum.
In the areas of English, literacy and the arts, Robyn's research has particularly focused on the use of educational or process drama with authentic literary texts to develop students' critical literacies. She has been published widely in this area. Her current research interests also include teacher education, especially the experiences of early-career teachers and the role of mentoring; sustaining curriculum innovation; and evaluation, inquiry and case-based learning. She is particularly interested in innovative qualititative research methodologies including the role of the Arts in educational research.
Robyn was president of the Primary English Teachers Association from 2001-2006 and is currently national president of the Australian Literacy Educators Association (ALEA) and vice president of Sydney Story Factory. She has recently joined the Board of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Robyn has a commitment to quality teaching and learning at all levels of education and enjoys working collaboratively with classroom teachers interested in innovative curriculum practices. She has worked as an academic mentor with teachers at a range of Sydney primary and secondary schools with the major focus on improving literacy outcomes using drama and literature.
Closing Keynote Address
Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He has written more than 25 books, including short stories, comic novels, nonsense verse, picture books, plays and a creative writing guide for students and teachers. Andy is best known for the JUST! books, The Day My Bum Went Psycho and The Treehouse series. Over the last 20 years Andy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, adapted for the stage and television, won more than 50 children’s choice awards and sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.
Welcome and Keynote Address
Andrew Upton is currently the Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company. He is an internationally acclaimed playwright, screenwriter and director and has created adaptations of numerous plays including Hedda Gabler and The Cherry Orchard for the STC and Maxim Gorky's Philistines for the National Theatre of Great Britain.
Plays that Andrew has directed for STC include David Mamet’s Reunion in 2006, The Mysteries: Genesis in 2009, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night in 2010 which toured successfully to the United States following its Sydney season, Mikhail Bulgakov’s The White Guard, presented by STC in 2011, and Joanna Murray Smith’s Fury and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in 2013
TUTORS Amy Hollingsworth- Sydney Dance Company
Workshop 2.1 and 3.1
Amy Hollingsworth trained at the Australian Ballet School and after graduating, joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet - attaining the rank of Principal Dancer in 1996. In 2000 Amy joined Rambert Dance Company in the UK - dancing in its broad repertoire and was the recipient of the UK Critic’s Circle Dance Award for Most Outstanding Female Artist (2004). Amy left Rambert in 2006 to be a founding member of Bonachela Dance Company. In 2009, whilst still performing, Amy took on the role of Assistant Director and won her second Critic’s Circle Award.
Throughout her career, Amy has worked with some of the world’s greatest choreographers such as Christopher Bruce, Jiri Kylian, Michael Clark and Wayne Macgregor and has taught for many companies including Rambert Dance Company, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hofesh Shechter Dance Company, Michael Clark Company and Ballet Boyz.
Amy took on the role of Dance Director at Sydney Dance Company in 2010 and has since assisted Rafael Bonachela with each production and supported the commissioned guest choreographers. Amy currently teaches master classes and workshops for the Company. In 2011, Amy received the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for her performance of Rafael Bonachela’s Irony of Fate.
Adèle Jeffreys -atyp
Adèle is the education manager at atyp. A drama, dance and technology specialist, Adèle worked as a teacher for over 10 years in a variety of educational settings: primary and high schools in both the public and private systems in Australia and the UK (including MLC School, Hunter School of the Performing Arts, Springwood High School and Kingsmead Performing Arts High School UK). Here, Adèle has developed programs and strategies to integrate the arts into other KLA's and integrate technology into student learning experiences.
Adèle is passionate about life-long learning and works with experienced and emerging educators to further their Professional Development opportunities at The University of Notre Dame, Sydney and various State and National conferences. Adèle worked for Arts Council England and Creative Partnerships UK managing National Programs for young people and The Arts (Find Your Talent and Young People's Participatory Theatre).
James Evans- Bell Shakespeare
Workshop 2.4 and 3.3
James Evans is Associate Artist and Resident Artist in Education at Bell Shakespeare. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Acting) and has an MA (English) from the University of Sydney. James has worked extensively as an actor, director, dramaturg, workshop facilitator and arts educator.
He is the artistic manager of Bell Shakespeare’s Players ensemble and a visiting teacher in the full-time Acting courses at NIDA and the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. James has conducted hundreds of workshops and Professional Learning sessions in schools, universities, theatres and juvenile detention centres from Darwin to Hobart and everywhere in between.
Anthony Flint and Gabrielle Mordy - Accessible Arts
Accessible Arts advocates for inclusion of people with disability in the arts and facilitates active and representative consultation with individuals and across communities, government and organisations. Anthony Flint has worked in the entertainment industry in performance and production and in the disability sector. He is currently a high school teacher (Art and Music) in mainstream and special-needs schools. Gabrielle Mordy is Artistic Director of Studio Artes, an independent non-profit organization offering creative programs for adults with disabilities. Gabrielle holds degrees in Visual Arts and Anthropology and is passionate about assisting people with a disability tell their story and create artwork they find meaningful.
Frank Newman- Sydney Opera House
Workshop 3.2 and 5.2
Frank is a director, producer and community arts worker. He is currently the Creative Learning Specialist for the Sydney Opera House. From 2007-2012 Frank was Terrapin Puppet Theatre's Artistic Director. During this time he directed 8 shows, toured nationally and internationally and won a Helpmann Award for Best Production for Young Audiences. Prior to that he established and was the Artistic Director of the Ashfield Youth Theatre for seven years. Frank has directed, produced and performed for over 18 years.
He has a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Majoring in Theatre Technology, from Wollongong University. Frank’s shows have played in festivals and venues in New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, the USA, China and around Australia - including the Sydney Opera House, the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Adelaide Festival Centre. Frank has worked with artists such as the Dell’Arte Players in California, Nigel Jamieson, Nick Enright, Gary Stewart and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Victoria Campbell has been a storyteller, performer and drama educator for more than 20 years. She currently lectures and tutors in drama (K–6) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. Victoria’s love of oral story as a powerful medium to engage listeners and learners, has led to sustained research in this area resulting in several book chapters and conference presentations. She recently completed her PhD exploring the implications of four early-career primary teachers creating a narrative performance based on their experiences of teaching. Victoria is passionate about the role of the arts; particularly drama in the life of young people. For the past four years she has been a teaching artist for the Sydney Theatre Company’s School Drama program.
Joanna Agius- Accessible Arts
Joanna is a proud Narungga woman from South Australia who is profoundly Deaf. As a deaf performer and artist Joanna is acutely aware of the issues and barriers that people with disability face when accessing the arts. Joanna is committed to building successful partnerships between Deaf and hard of hearing people and the general arts community.
Joanna has worked with indigenous children with disability and has many years of personal and professional experience with the indigenous, Deaf and indigenous Deaf communities. Joanna is responsible for ensuring quality arts programs and creative opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing people across NSW. Joanna is also a Board Member of the NSW Aboriginal Disability Network and an Auslan teacher.
Heather Clark - atyp
Heather has pursued a career that seeks to empower and transform students through their study of drama. Heather has taught students from pre-school through to tertiary level education (including North Sydney Girls High School and Australian Catholic University). For five years, Heather was a member of Playback Theatre Sydney as an actor, facilitator and musician (shows with Blacktown Council, St George Migrant Resource Centre, Vodaphone, Legal Aid) and has performed in and directed HSC Drama texts (including A Doll’s House and The Shape of Things). Her TV credits include Underbelly II, Eden Dreaming and over twenty TVCs (AAPT, ADT, McDonald’s, P&O, Frontline).
Heather founded and directed her own drama school (The Drama Hub) before working as Education Manager – Including programs such as Djurali (an Aboriginal Middle Years Transition program, with the Aboriginal Unit, Sydney Region DEC at atyp up until 2014). Heather is currently studying post-graduate Psychology with an aim to use the creative arts in therapeutic practice and as a school counselor.
Pru Borgert -ACO
Pru has an eclectic background in Music education and arts administration. She has taught both primary and secondary classroom music, managed instrumental and ensemble programs, established a Radio School at 3MBS FM and written textbooks (Instant Lessons in Music V.3-5). Pru has also compiled music teaching kits for primary teachers, worked with choirs, facilitated professional development across NSW and Victoria and consulted on White Papers regarding the Australian curriculum.
Pru’s current employment is with the ACO as an Education Consultant. This role includes content design for educational iPad apps, the delivery of endorsed professional development to primary and secondary teachers, the creation of teaching kits and digital resources and the implementation of engaging and innovative educational programs.