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).
Robyn Ewing- Sydney University and STC
Robyn Ewing is Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. A former primary teacher, Robyn lectures in Curriculum, English and Drama across pre-service and postgraduate teacher education programs and is passionate about the transformative role the arts can and should play in education. She has a commitment to innovative teaching and learning and enjoys working with educators interested in reforming their curriculum practices.
In the areas of English and the arts, Robyn’s research has particularly focused on the use of drama and literature to enhance children’s learning and critical literacies. Teacher education (especially the experiences of early career teachers and the role of mentoring), sustaining curriculum innovation and evaluation, inquiry & case based learning and the use of arts-informed inquiry in educational research are other research interests. Robyn is the President of the Australian Literacy Educators Association, Vice President of the Sydney Story Factory and was recently appointed to the Australian Film, Radio and Television School Council.
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.
Liz Hill- Accessible Arts
As Accessible Arts’ Policy and Projects Manager, Liz advocates for inclusion of people with disability in the arts and facilitates methods of active and representative consultation across communities, government, organisations and individuals. Liz's first job in the arts was coordinating an attempt on the world tap dancing record on the steps of the Opera House. Since then, Liz has had a long career analysing and developing policy for government organisations, working predominantly within children's and community services. Liz has an interest in community theatre and young people, education and the arts.
Liz holds an MA (Theatre Studies) from UNSW and a BA (Hons) in Government and Public Administration from USYD. In 2013 Liz initiated a teacher professional development day ‘Creative Arts in the Special Needs Classroom’ in partnership with the MCA and the Sydney Opera House Education team which was awarded a Sydney Opera House Social Responsibility Award.
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.