The 2015 program has closed. Please return in 2016 for new information.
As a part of the 2015 program students from school Years 7-11 worked with Aboriginal performing artists to develop their skills using contemporary drama techniques and explore cultural heritage and significance in contemporary times.
Workshop activities included storytelling, play building, script writing, characterisation and performing.
This is a highly motivational program that is recommended for all Aboriginal students, particularly those who are at risk of disengaging at school or are disadvantaged in some way. It satisfies the current educational priority areas of rural and remote, gifted and talented, career pathways and Indigenous engagement. School principals are encouraged to support these students through their school or wider community avenues.
Lily Shearer is a Marrwarri (north-west NSW/south-east QLD) woman with over 30 years experience in Aboriginal Cultural Development, Arts Management and Theatre. Since completing a Bachelor in Theatre Studies at UWS, Lily has worked in Indigenous community theatre and performance projects throughout NSW. She is a founder of Moogahlin Performing Arts, an Aboriginal company in Redfern; held the position of General Manager at Gadigal Information Service Aboriginal Corporation and was one of six recipients of the British Council’s Accelerate Indigenous Creative Leaders program.
Russell Smith is a proud descendent of the Ngarrindjeri people of the Ngarrindjeri Nation. As an actor, Russ has over a decade of professional experience in the entertainment industry. Russell has taught at a number performing arts institutes in NSW, including NIDA, the Actors Centre Australia and Screenwise. He has a Masters of Teaching in Drama (UWS) and a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Acting from NIDA.