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1. Introduction ......................................................................    2


2. Committee 2005 ...............................................................         4


3. President’s Report ............................................................        8


4. Director of Programs Report ............................................               10


5. Conference Director’s Report ...........................................               16


6. Financial Reports ..............................................................       20




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    Introduction                                                                                              Contact details for




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                                                                                                              Drama Victoria are:

                                                                                                              Drama Victoria Incorporated
                                                                                                              (A00154095)
                                                                                                              Abbotsford Convent
                                                                                                              1 St. Heliers Street,
                                                                                                              Abbotsford Vic 3067
                                                                                                              Postal address: P.O. Box 373,
                                                                                                              Abbotsford Vic 3067
                                                                                                              Ph: (03) 9419 2766
                                                                                                              Fax: (03) 9419 4830
                                                                                                              www.dramavictoria.vic.edu.au

                   Drama Victoria (formerly the Victorian Association for Drama in Education) was estab-
                   lished in 1968 and is the oldest Drama association for teachers in Australia.

                   The late Ron Danielson was the first president and his vision enabled a few isolated
                   teachers throughout Melbourne to establish drama programmes in post primary schools
                   and weather hostile administrations and poor working conditions within their schools.

                   Over the next few years with a great deal of work and support, drama became estab-
                   lished in schools. The Drama Resource Centre was set up with a team of consultants and
                   training was provided by State College Drama Departments . From these humble begin-
                   nings Drama Victoria was born. We now have a healthy membership of over 400 individu-
                   als and institutions Australia wide and through the assistance of the Department of
                   Education employ an Extension Education Officer. Membership of Drama Victoria opens
                   up a world of support for teachers of primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Through
                   workshops and publications teachers are given practical advice on all aspects of drama
                   education. Drama Victoria is managed by a committee, drawn from the membership.

                   Members of Drama Victoria receive MASK Magazine, which comes out twice yearly, pro-
                   viding readers with the latest in drama education developments and curriculum initia-
                   tives.

                   Every year there is a State Conference where teachers gain professional development
                   and theatre and production companies showcase their work. Professional development
                   activities and mini-conferences are held throughout the year to further enhance drama
                   teaching skills and knowledge in such areas as the C.S.F.2, V.C.E. Drama and Theatre
                   Studies and dramatic form.

                   V.C.E. student programmes are an annual feature of our programming and through these
                   we aim to provide V.C.E. Drama and Theatre Studies students with support in these impor-
                   tant years of schooling.

                   Members of Drama Victoria are also members of Drama Australia (formerly NADIE) and
                   the International Association for Drama In Education (IDEA) and receive information on
                   advances in drama education though newsletters and magazines; ADEM and the
                   National journal (formely the NADIE journal). We also maintain a list of Australian and
                   International drama organisations and peak bodies.

                   Online and downloadable membership forms for Drama Victoria are now available at
                   our website. We invite you to join!




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    Drama Victoria Committee                                            The Committee for 2005 were as follows:




                                                                        DRAMA VICTORIA EXECUTIVE
    The Drama Victoria Committee of Management are drawn from the
                                                                        PRESIDENT                     PETER ROBERT
    membership.                                                         VICE PRESIDENT                JUSTIN CASH
                                                                        TREASURER                     SIMON HUM
                                                                        SECRETARY                     ANDREA McLANNAN
    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held early each year and        DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS          JIM LAWSON
    provides an opportunity for members to nominate for the committee

    and/or to vote for their chosen representatives.

                                                                        DRAMA VICTORIA COMMITTEE
                                                                        (alphabetically)


                                                                        SHARON BYRNE                  Professional Development (Primary)

                                                                        JUSTIN CASH                   MASK Editor, Web Site
                                                                                                      justin@theatrelinks.com

                                                                        LYNDY CLARKE                  Conference, Professional Development
                                                                                                      lyndyclarke@caulfieldgs.vic.edu.au

                                                                        PETER ELLIOT                  Professional Development (Secondary/VCE)
                                                                                                      ell@pvgs.vic.edu.au

                                                                        ELI EREZ                      Resources, Professional Development
                                                                                                      (Secondary/VCE)

                                                                        PATRIZIA FERRARA              Sponsorship
                                                                                                      patrizia@netspace.net.au

                                                                        SIMON HUM                     Professional Development
                                                                                                      (Secondary/VCE), Conference,
                                                                                                      Mentoring Beginning Teachers

                                                                        JIM LAWSON                    Director of Programs, MASK Editor

                                                                        ANDREA MCLENNAN               Resources, Professional Development
                                                                                                      andrem@sion.melb.catholic.edu.au

                                                                        JO RAPHAEL                    Professional Development
                                                                                                      (Primary), Conference Director
                                                                                                      joraph@deakin.edu.au

                                                                        PETER ROBERT                  Strategic Partnerships

                                                                        NINA ROSSINI                  Professional Development
                                                                                                      (Secondary/VCE), Mentoring
                                                                                                      Beginning Teachers, Conference

                                                                        HELEN SANDERCOE               Special Projects, Professional Development
                                                                                                      helen.sandercoe@bigpond.com




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                               Drama Victoria Committee



2                              The Drama Victoria committee is drawn from a range of broadly

                               experienced and highly skilled members.



                               The information below provides a small sample of their
                                                                                                                                              Jo Raphael
                                                                                                                                              PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (PRIMARY) –
                                                                                                                                              CONFERENCE DIRECTOR
                                                                                                                                            Jo Raphael is Lecturer in Drama Education in the Faculty of Education at Deakin University. Jo has
                               backgrounds, skills and interests                                                                            worked as a drama educator in a range of settings including primary and secondary schools, TAFE col-
                                                                                                                           leges and community projects. Jo’s research interests include dama and disability, and drama for learning across the cur-
                                                                                                                           riculum and drama teacher education and professional development. Jo has taken various roles on the Drama Victoria
                                                                                                                           committee since 2000. She is currently Drama Australia/International Liaison Officer (DALO) and Conference Director.




                                                                                                                                             Jim Lawson
                                                                                                                                             DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
                 Peter Robert                                                                                                                  Jim Lawson is currently Director of Programs at Drama Victoria. He most recently taught Drama at
                                                                                                                                               Rosebud Secondary College across all year levels including VCE.
                                                                                                                                               Jim is also a writer, director and performer; a member of Impro Melbourne, an associate of TROUPE du
                 PRESIDENT                                                                                                                     JOUR and DRAMATIC EDGE corporate theatre companies and works as a teaching artist within the
                 Peter has been teaching for over twenty years, for the most part at Footscray City College where he       PLAYBOX/Malthouse Theatre Education Program.
                 taught Media and Drama, and currently is the Head of Drama at Yarra Valley Grammar. Peter has             Jim is a recipient of the Brian McCarthy memorial Moosehead award and the Caroline Chisholm fellowship.
                 produced and directed many school productions and written several as well. Peter joined the
                 committee of Drama Victoria after serving on the boards of Arena Theatre Company and West
Education Centre for many years. He works part time as a writer and performer for High Impact Team, who devise
innovative drama performances for anyone who’ll pay. Peter enjoys being involved with Drama Victoria for the
wonderful networking and skill sharing opportunities.
                                                                                                                                             Simon Hum
                                                                                                                                             TREASURER
                                                                                                                                             Simon commenced studies at Melbourne University as a mature age student in 1990 where he qualified

                  Justin Cash                                                                                                                in a Bachelor of Education (Arts), majoring in Drama and Media and sub-majoring in Photography.
                                                                                                                                             Whilst having taught both here and in England, Simon is currently in his tenth year of teaching in
                                                                                                                                             Australia. Simon has been a VCAA assessor for written examinations in Media, Drama and Theatre
                  VICE PRESIDENT                                                                                           Studies. He has been involved in Amateur Theatre since the age of 12 and was a theatre reviewer for Stage Whispers
                  Justin Cash is currently Head of Drama at Avila College, a Catholic girls school in Mount Waverley. He   Magazine. He was also a Judge for the Lyrebird Amateur Theatre Awards for three years. Simon co-produced and co-
                  is also undertaking a Master of Education where his research interests include the impact the Web has    presented a Theatre Review Program on OptusVision for two years. He has also stage managed and produced profes-
                  on teaching and learning in the Drama classroom. In his spare time Justin maintains his website,         sional outdoor theatre. His wife is a huge help to him as she also works as a professional in the industry. They have no kids,
                  ‘Justin’s Drama and Theatre Links’, a one-time hobby that has today grown out of control!                just two needy cats. Whilst he loves to travel and has done a lot of it he wishes he had more time to devote to his writing.




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                                                                It would be hard to think of a year that has provided more changes and challenges to Drama
                                                                Victoria than 2005. It has been a year of upheaval, but also of expansion and initiatives.
                                                                Although we seemed to have spent too much time living out of cupboards and moving from
    Drama Victoria




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                                                                one premises to another, the office has maintained services for members and delivered on
                                                                another outstanding Annual conference.


    President’s Report                                          The Committee, elected in February, have been kept busy with the decisions needing debate
                                                                and the projects needing support. At our monthly meetings throughout the year I have been
                                                                continually impressed at the level of involvement every member of the committee has made.
                                                                It is due to the rigorous discussions and preparedness to consider the bigger pictures that has
                                                                ensured projects and priorities are not forgotten or remain inactive.
    2005                                                        Fundamental changes in State curriculum through the advent of VELS and the revising of the
                                                                VCE Drama and Theatre Studies courses have ensured members on the committee have been
                                                                kept up to date and, in the case of Eli Erez and Peter Elliott they have had contributing roles in
                                                                the rewriting of these documents. In May the Committee appreciated a visit from Helen                Peter Robert
                                                                Champion from the VCAA who outlined the expectations for the future changes to the VCE               President
                                                                courses and invited Drama Victoria to make comment on the proposals. Nina Rossini took over          Drama Victoria
                                                                the responsibility of attending CPTAV ( Council of Professional Teaching Associations of Victoria)
                                                                monthly meetings and reporting back, this continues to be a valuable association especially
                                                                with impending curriculum initiatives and our desire to maintain a network of strategic partners.
                                                                A focus for 2005 was the desire to foster closer ties with primary drama teachers and concen-
                                                                trate upon regional representation. The Committee were keen to ensure both these member-
                                                                ship groups and their needs were being met and endeavouring to explore ways for furthering
                                                                these relationships. Sharon Byrne has been very creative and thorough in her contributions to
                                                                addressing primary needs and the large numbers of primary teachers attending key sessions at
                                                                the Conference were a direct result of her efforts. Credit must also be shared with our regional
                                                                representatives, Cheryl Finnegan, Amanda Ellison, Lana Salter and Sharryn Marshall who
                                                                helped coordinate the Jump Start and VCE regional workshops in collaboration with Jim
                                                                Lawson and Helen Sandercoe.
                                                                Early in the year Patrizia Ferrara passed the DALO (Drama Australia Liaison Officer) baton to Jo
                                                                Raphael who has undertaken this responsibility as well as continue the excellent job of
                                                                Conference Director. Patrizia and Lyndy Clarke, who also stepped down from the official role
                                                                as Treasurer continued in supporting roles on the Committee.
                                                                The Executive members of the Committee try and meet more regularly and identify and hope-
                                                                fully anticipate the major issues for debate by the Committee. The President has been most
                                                                ably supported by Justin Cash as Vice-President, who is a terrific asset to the Committee
                                                                through both his knowledge of technology and its potential, and also through his thoroughness
                                                                in preparation and planning. This is also true of the Treasurer Simon Hum, who is most diligent
                                                                with the finances and has a very patient and measured approach to the issues and problems
                                                                an organisation such as ours faces. I would like to make specific mention of our Secretary,
                                                                Andrea McLennan, who is always efficient, conscientious and reliable in all areas of her
                                                                demanding role. On your behalf I would like to formally thank those members who formed the
                                                                Drama Vic Committee this year.
                                                                In the latter months of 2005 we were pleased to announce our successful application for trien-
                                                                nial funding through the State Government’s Strategic Partnership Funding. This is an endorse-
                                                                ment of the projects and resource development we have planned for the next three years.
                                                                I would especially like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the Drama Victoria employees; Gail
                                                                Bailey and Jim Lawson, both as the President, for the loyalty they have shown me, and as a
                                                                member for the dedication and support they give us all. There is very little about Drama
                                                                Victoria, constitutionally and practically, which Gail is not familiar with and Jim has taken the
                                                                position of Director of Programs and made it well and truly his own. His rapport with members
                                                                and his drive to find new ways of providing excellent services and products for members is
                                                                commendable. Both Gail and Jim are a fantastic asset to our organisation and their loyalty
                                                                and boundless enthusiasm inspire the Committee.
                         Photo courtesy John Lim Photography.




                                                                In the last months of 2005 we asked a great deal of both Gail and Jim, in their part time posi-
                                                                tions at Drama Vic, to help organise the major move from Southbank to the Abbotsford
                                                                Convent. The move was finally achieved (on a 30 plus degree day) and we are now embark-
                                                                ing on a new incarnation for Drama Victoria. I am very pleased to report that the mix and
                                                                enthusiasm of our committee, coupled with the quality and savvy of our employees and let
                                                                loose on a world of possibilities that present themselves everyday, augurs very well for the
                                                                future of Drama Victoria.
                                                                Peter Robert
                                                                President
                                                                Drama Victoria

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     Drama Victoria
     Director of Programs Report


                                                                                                                         Jim Lawson
                                                                                                                         Director of Programs
                                   2005 was a year filled with both
                                   challenge and opportunity.

                                   Some challenges were easily
                                   resolved. Others were more sub-
                                   stantial and required significant
                                   time and resources to over-
                                   come. Some indeed are still
                                   being addressed.

                                   Those that were quickly
                                   resolved included some
                                   slight changes to program-
                                   ming such as the
                                   Advanced Practice day
                                   that took another form to
                                   that originally planned
                                   but will hopefully result in
                                   long lasting exploration
                                   of the area and new
                                   networks.

                                   The Safety’s No Big
                                   Drama workshop did
                                   not run as the com-
                                   pany who had
                                   offered their services
                                   to us for free were offered a sig-
                                   nificant commercial proposal suddenly and
                                   we could not reasonably stand in their way.
                                   It is hoped this day may run at some time
                                   in the future.

                                   The Drama Victoria website is under serious
                                   review and has become overly complex. In its pres-
                                   ent state it does not serve the needs of the association.
                                   Management of this has proved difficult and the site is to
                                   be given a complete overhaul. Previously the management of
                                   the site was outsourced but this proved costly and the committee
                                   and I decided it would be prudent to take over that management but
                                   in all honesty are yet to get the mix right. However, while not yet at its
                                   best, the site does still deliver effective information sharing and a point of con-
                                   tact for members especially for conference programs and downloadable forms.




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4    However, the major challenge
     of 2005 was the several
     changes to our office accom-
     modation. Early in the year,
     Malthouse Theatre informed
     us that they wished to take
     over our offices as their
     wardrobe department. We
     moved with some discomfort
                                                                                                                            One such example of our members stepping up was the enor-
                                                                                                                            mous assistance provided by Melbourne Girl’s Grammar School
                                                                                                                             who supplied us with a performance space and two workshop
                                                                                                                             spaces for our Metro Student Day #3 at unbelievably short
                                                                                                                             notice. Without their assistance the day may have had to be
                                                                                                                             cancelled or booked into commercial spaces at a great cost to
                                                                                                                             the organisation.

                                                                                                                                In 2005 MASK magazine consolidated the changes made to its
     upstairs to our old offices in                                                                                            format and realised its potential in combining some beautiful
     the same building and began                                                                                              images, with great articles to become a journal that is both
     the long process of finding a                                                                                           incredibly useful and not a bad read. The working relationship with
     more permanent and useful                                                                                              Indivisual Grafx, the layout and design company we engage, con-
     home. The offices were definitely                                                                                    tinues to prove a dynamic and fruitful one.
     too small and it was difficult not to
     feel that it was a retrograde step.                                                                                Programs throughout the year took place everywhere from ARTPLAY on
                                                                                                                      the banks of the Yarra at Birrarung Marr, St. Martin’s Youth Arts Centre,
     After a long process of searching possi-                                                                       The Melbourne Immigration Museum to schools of every shape and size
     bilities and then applications to both the                                                                   across the State.
     City of Melbourne for accommodation at
     the MeatMarket in North Melbourne and to                                                                 The dynamic Settlers Under Sail workshop, developed in conjunction with the
     the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, we were                                                           Melbourne Immigration Museum and delivered as part of the RAV (Regional Arts
     successful in attaining a home on the second level of                                            Victoria) Arts2Go program, was brilliantly presented by teacher/performer Kelly Nash.
     the Convent Building. At the end of 2005, we signed off on                                      Thanks in large part to her expertise and the support of RAV and the Museum, the work-
     our lease with the Malthouse and were without offices until                                     shop continues in the Arts2Go program in 2006 .
     February 1 2006 while our space at the convent was renovated.
                                                                                                     Of particular note was a two day program delivered at Kennington PS in Bendigo where
     2005 also marked the end of the triennium for funding through the Department of                 former DOP, Richard Sallis and myself presented a full staff drama in-service for 45 on day
     Education and Training’s Strategic Partnerships Program (SPP), and the application for          one and a series of full school workshops for 600 students on day two!
     funding for the 2006-2008 triennium commenced in earnest in the second half of the
     year.                                                                                           We were both a little exhausted on the drive home but were excited by the way the
                                                                                                     staff, some of whom were quite resistant at the beginning, saw enormous opportunities
     We were informed in late December 2005 that we had been successful in attaining an              for using Drama in their current and future programs. And it made it all worthwhile when
     amount of funding that represented a status quo position and was only slightly lower than       a little girl from Grade one approached us and said…” You’re a good drama…”
     the amount for which we had applied. We were more pleased when we discovered that
     several organisations had their funding cut significantly or even all together. It was pleas-   In fact 2005 marked a significant movement into the primary area with greater interest
     ing to know that the SPP viewed particular parts of the program as very exciting, in par-       from a range of primary schools and educators and much greater attendance by pri-
     ticular the Vine project.                                                                       mary educators at the State Conference thanks to some wise decisions made by the
                                                                                                     Conference sub-committee.
     It is a testament to the resilience of the organisation, its committee and its members that
     all challenges have seen a measured, generous and insightful response. Some challenges          The Committee have worked in many cases, tirelessly in supporting the association and its
     could so very easily have thrown the equilibrium of our operations but in many ways, the        programs. In particular, during 2005 Drama Victoria consolidated its representation the
     challenges posed merely meant we needed to step up and I believe that on every                  regions where we are now fully represented in Wodonga, Bendigo, Warrnambool and
     occasion we were up to the task.                                                                Warragul. Importantly, the regional student days are now running for the same cost to




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4    regional students as their metro counter-
     parts.

     In late December, amongst
     the sawdust and timber,
     the committee
     completed a
     full planning
     day to focus the
                                                                                                                                     Many thanks to Gail Bailey who continues to
                                                                                                                                    assume crucial tasks in the day to day running and
                                                                                                                                    ongoing success of this organisation.

                                                                                                                                              Many thanks also go to the Committee
                                                                                                                                                   and the members of the Executive
                                                                                                                                                         for their outstanding contribu-
                                                                                                                                                                tion(s) and support of
                                                                                                                                                                       the Director of
     direction of the                                                                                                                                                     Programs posi-
     association in this                                                                                                                                                 tion.
     exciting time of
     growth.                                                                                                                                                            Finally, many
                                                                                                                                                                       thanks go to the
     We continue to assess                                                                                                                                            members who offer
     and monitor our finan-                                                                                                                                          their support, words
     cial position. Income                                                                                                                                          of encouragement
     appears very solid across                                                                                                                                     and gratitude, and
     the board and our costs                                                                                                                                      bring their skills, good
     have been kept to a rea-                                                                                                                                    humour and ‘unlimited’
     sonable level as our treasur-                                                                                                                              energy to their associa-
     er and administrator work                                                                                                                                tion.
     together very well monitoring
     expenditure and income.                                                                                                                                 As we enter 2006 it is in the
                                                                                                                                                           knowledge we have secured
     As well as great results from our                                                                                                                    triennial funding from DE&Tand
     bookshop; student days and                                                                                                                          a three year lease secure at
     teacher days; and our kits we have                                                                                                                 the convent – the near future
     also had excellent success with a                                                                                                                 looks very bright for Drama
     Written Examination Kit for the VCE                                                                                                              Victoria.
     and established a very promising new
     relationship with the Melbourne                                                                                                                  In thinking more long term, commit-
     International Arts Festival (MIAF). Both of                                                                                                    tee member Patrizia Ferrara and the
     these initiatives were developed through                                                                                                     birth of her son coincides with the
     committee members and augur very well                                                                                                       ‘birth’ of Drama Victoria at Abbotsford.
     for the future. The kit is being reviewed for further development but has received excel-                                                  As young Richard grows, I hope he
     lent feedback from teachers and the relationship with MIAF has resulted in the develop-                                                   might tag along with his mother one day
     ment of a DVD resource based on the Lakhoan Khol ( male Cambodian masked dance)                                                          to visit a thriving and exciting centre for
     to be launched in Education week in 2006.                                                   networking, professional development,
                                                                                                 research and applied practice – The Drama Victoria Centre….We’re certainly working at
     Thanks go to both Deakin and Melbourne Universities where I have been able to address       it with your tremendous support.
     students at both institutions regarding the value of Drama Victoria and this has resulted
     directly in increased membership. It is hoped relationships with both LaTrobe and Monash    Jim Lawson
     Universities might be established in 2006.                                                  Director of Programs




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     The 2005 Drama Victoria State Conference
     ESSENCE:
     Drama - The Vital Ingredient
     CONFERENCE REPORT
     Jo Raphael – Conference Director
                                                                                                                                              Jo Raphael
                                                Each year the Drama Victoria State Conference provides an opportunity for the great-          Professional Development –
                                                est gathering of drama educators and related professionals in Victoria. The 2005 confer-      Conference Director
                                                ence held at the University of Melbourne on 24th and 25th November, was one of the
                                                best attended ever with more than 280 delegates meeting to share, experience and
                                                discuss drama education practice and performances. The Drama Victoria conference
                                                is also the biggest drama education conference in Australia with more than double the
                                                number of delegates as attending the Drama Australia national conference in 2005.

                                                The 2005 conference theme ESSENCE: Drama- the vital ingredient evoked notions of
                                                nourishing delegates professionally as we identified the essential elements of drama
                                                whilst feeding imaginations and tempting delegates with new flavours and spices in
                                                drama education practice. The sub-themes reflected some of the possibilities:

                                                Spice -exploring cultural diversity in drama
                                                Extracts -exploring the essential elements of drama
                                                Distillation -processes of creating performance
                                                The Good Oil -drama and its significant role in the Victorian Essential Learning Standards

                                                2005 was the year of validation of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards therefore
                                                our sub-theme The Good Oil -drama and its significant role in the VELS was explored in
                                                workshops that considered planning for VELS and the learning that takes place not only
                                                in the discipline area of drama but in the strands of physical, personal and social learn-
                                                ing and Interdisciplinary learning including communication, design, creativity and tech-
                                                nology, ICT and thinking. The conference began what will be an ongoing focus of pro-
                                                fessional development offered by Drama Victoria in this area.

                                                The sub-theme Extracts -explored the essential elements of drama and we had work-
                                                shops at the conference that focused intensely on specific elements such as voice,
                                                movement and space or a range of elements through playbuilding and process
                                                drama.

                                                The sub-theme Distillation considered processes of creating performance and this was
                                                well represented in workshops that looked at performance making from approaches to
                                                the VCE ensemble to play writing, musical theatre, physical theatre and circus. Work
                                                was presented from school and community based performing groups as well as profes-
                                                sional companies including Arena Theatre Company and Complete Works Theatre
                                                Company. Our conference keynotes also considered this theme with artistic directors
                                                Sue Giles of Polyglot Puppet Theatre and Kylie Belling of Ilbijerri Aboriginal and Torres
                                                Strait Theatre Co-operative presenting reflections on the processes of collaboration
                                                between the two companies on Thursday morning. On Friday morning Dave Kelman
                                                (and students from Kensington Primary School via video) presented their practice and
                                                processes on the Rapa Nui theatre project that used documentary theatre techniques,
                                                physical theatre and multi-art form workshops to tell the story of Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
                                                and to link its fate to the environmental challenges facing contemporary Australia.




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                                                                                                                                                                       Quotes from Delegates
                                                                                                                                                                       The keynote speakers were enthusiastic, informative
                                                                                                                                                                       and fun.

                                                                                                                                                                       Keynotes were highly inspiring and relevant.

                                                                                                                                                                       (The keynotes) had a great blend of humour and informa-
                                                                                                                                                                       tion. I found them interesting to listen to and a great
                                                                                                                                                                       prelude to the conference.

                                                                                                                                                                       Keynotes excellent! I particularly enjoy the theory that is
                                                                                                                                                                       grounded in practical and/or project work.

                                                                                                                                                                       So many workshops to choose from. I am really
                                                                                                                                                                       impressed with how I was able to design a program rel-
     While the artistic directors of Polyglot and Ilbijerri provided the opening address to our   Melbourne in providing the venue. The conference was also            evant to me and my strengths/weaknesses and interests.
     conference on the Thursday, the performance that was the collaboration between the           supported in many ways by different companies and organisa-
     two companies, Headhunter, provided a climactic conclusion to the conference on              tions presenting trade displays, prizes and give-aways in the        VELS workshop was excellent – relevant to current
     Friday afternoon.                                                                            conference satchels.                                                 auditing of curriculum

     Under our sub-theme Spice -exploring cultural diversity in drama, there were workshops       The success of the conference is due to the efforts of many          A terrific range of workshops.
     that explored drama and performance in cultures ranging from the Lakhaon Kaol                including the excellent contributions of presenters of workshops,
     masked theatre of Cambodia to Ghanaian dance, drama and rites of passage. For our            papers and performances, the enthusiastic support of volun-          On the whole excellent. I found this a GREAT conference
     Thursday evening performance Cultural Infusion presented mixed spice from their              teers including the university students, the dedicated Drama         – I got a lot from all the workshops.
     schools program with performances by Western Creation indigenous culture,                    Victoria committee members and the delegates who come
     Mattopancetta Commedia dell’ Arte and Asiko presenting the spirit of Africa finally          with an open mind and a spirit of participation. Two ‘vital ingre-   Workshops were really good. I’m going to use some-
     drumming us out to pre-dinner drinks and then to enjoy more cultural flavours at our         dients’ in the mix, without which the conference would simply        thing from all of them. I plan to re-do my curriculum
     spice inspired conference buffet dinner.                                                     not happen, are Drama Victoria Director of Programs, Jim             next year. THANKS!
                                                                                                  Lawson and administrator, Gail Bailey, who rise to challenges
     The Drama Victoria Awards for 2005 were presented at intervals throughout the                and put in an astounding effort in the lead up to the confer-        Excellent – great variety as well. It was hard to choose
     Conference. This year these were:                                                            ence while making it all seem a piece of cake.                       what to do.

     Best Educational Event for Drama or Theatre students:                                        As in the past we provided a time for all delegates to fill in a     I’m a graduate teacher and the only drama teacher at my
                   Monash University Schools Theatre Festival                                     feedback form so as to ensure that we continue to meet the           school. Everything is relevant and important.
     Best Multimedia Presentation for Drama and Theatre:                                          needs of our members when it comes to the conference.
                   Justin’s Theatrelinks                                                          Thanks to those who submitted these, the responses were highly       All (workshops) were fantastic especially networking
     Best Performance by a Theatre Company for Primary Schools:                                   encouraging and we take on board your suggestions and rec-           for VCE Drama. I feel so much better about teaching it
                   ‘Headhunter’ Polyglot and Ilbeijerri Theatre Companies                         ommendations as Drama Victoria begins preparations for               for the first time next year.
     Best Performance by a Theatre Company for Secondary Schools:                                 another outstanding conference in 2006.
                    ‘Children of the Black Skirt’. Real TV.                                                                                                            I’ve got many new ideas that I can try.
                                                                                                  Jo Raphael
     Our conference aims to provide a relevant meeting opportunity for professionals who          Conference Director, 2005.                                           The workshops were informative relevant and practical.
     are working in different settings and across all levels of education in drama and theatre                                                                         Great to be a ‘student’ again.
     for young people. In 2005 year, in an effort to attract and better provide for our primary
     drama teachers who are often only able to come to the conference for a day, a pri-                                                                                All could be applied immediately. Perfectly suited, a
     mary focus was given to day one with more choices for primary offered as well as dis-                                                                             good range of workshop topics and issues.
     counted registration. New networks were also tapped into to make more primary
     drama educators aware of the conference. Drama Victoria is both encouraged by and                                                                                 I am only just starting out in this field and found the
     wanting to encourage the growing interest in Drama professional development                                                                                       quality (of workshops) of an exemplary standard. They
     amongst primary educators.                                                                                                                                        were staffed by interesting, knowledgeable people. I
                                                                                                                                                                       have learned a lot.
     The food metaphor of the conference was well milked! Sixteen student drama teacher
     volunteers from Melbourne and Deakin Universities were dressed as chefs and per-                                                                                  The performances were GREAT –this is what it is about!
     formed conference ‘housekeeping’ that involved cooking tips and kitchen utensils. If
     you weren’t there use your imagination! Our conference satchel included some edible                                                                               I had so much fun!! I feel great about next year,
     surprises as well as non-edible but highly palatable goodies including the notes from the                                                                         caught up with old friends and made heaps of new con-
     workshops and presentations on the Essence CD-Rom. The December issue of MASK                                                                                     tacts.
     also included articles related to conference offerings. This year we were fortunate to
     have Clearlight as major sponsor of the conference and the support of The University of                                                                           Thankyou so much! When I come here I feel normal!




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