With more than a decade of experience working in the field of Theatre In Education, I'm able to build a quick rapport and trust with young people. My speciality is creating new work– devising, writing and directing pieces of theatre that emerge from the ideas, hopes and aspirations of the students I work with.
The majority of my work has been with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I’ve worked with students in the Northern Territory for whom English is a second or third language, successfully guiding them to performing in English on stage. I was also the head of acting at The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane, working with and directing tertiary level performers.
I believe the concept of self-expression inherent in performing arts education instils a conviction that 'My Voice Matters'. Performing Arts education can empower young people and imbues a sense of self-belief through achievement. I've been able to encourage and nurture this in a wide range of situations, from TESOL students, refugees, young people in juvenile justice centres to students in exclusive private schools.
I work closely with the school, youth theatre company or institution I am engaged with to tailor programs specific to need. Whether a performance-based outcome, a full-scale production or a curriculum-based workshop, I work with the students to:
- Deconstruct the concept of shame
- Strive for excellence
- Allow the individual to find value in their own voice
- Develop confidence
- Develop discipline
- Commit to a performance as an individual and to the group as a whole
- Develop creativity and imagination
- Understand the importance of working together and supporting each other
My workshops include:
- Collaborating with students to devise their own work
- Group Devised Drama
- Creating new work
- Writing, devising and directing skills
- Performance coaching
- Acting techniques
- Monologue Work
- Scene work