Space and preparing secondary drama teachers

Dr Jane Bird

The open space environments of the Theatre and Drama Studio in studioFive enables experiential, artistic and embodied approaches to drama education. In preparation for secondary drama teaching, the Drama Learning Area students explore both the discipline content and pedagogical approaches through practical workshops (praxis). The purpose-built spaces enable the teaching of areas such as devised group performance, performance styles, theatre design, character and direction. The technology and theatre materials within the spaces provide hands on experiences for the candidates in preparation for work within the drama classroom as well as the co-curricular school productions associated with their future careers. This approach is exemplified in Acting Smart, VCE Drama (Bird & Sallis) and Acting Smart, Theatre Studies (Bird, Sallis & Bailey), the key senior school drama texts in Victoria.