Junior Drama Skills Development Workshops 2022

Live Junior Workshops

  • Date - Sunday 22 May 2022 (Term 2 Week 4)
  • Time - 10:30 am-3:15 pm (including 45 mins lunch)
  • Venue - The Arts Unit (Corner Toothill Street and The Boulevard, Lewisham)

Online Junior Workshops

  • Date - Sunday 29 May 2022 (Term 2 Week 5)
  • Time - 10:30 am-11:30 am
  • Workshop via Zoom, the link will be sent once registration is confirmed.


Years 3-4 Character And Storytelling

"Did I ever tell you about the time I met a giant and..."
In this exciting improvisation and design workshop, participants will learn the art of theatrical story-telling through the creation of 'larger than life' characters.
Full of unbelievable creatures, outrageous costumes and fanciful locations, students will work together in the morning to tell 'Tall Tales, exploring how exaggeration, rhythm, breath and expression can be used to blur the line between fact and fiction. In the afternoon, Imogen will lead the actors to create full size paper costumes that capture the essence of the characters they have created. 
Jam-packed with fun drama games and practical activities this creative workshop will expand your imagination, costume thinking and improvisation skills.
Please Note:  Puppetry materials need to be purchased directly from the Tutor at the beginning of the workshop.  Please bring $10 exact change in an envelope on the day.

Presenter - Imogen Ross
Imogen Ross works across diverse performance mediums as both a designer, performance maker and creator of many fun things. Her work has been seen across Australia, as well as Shakespeare’s International Globe in London. Many of her shows tour nationally and internationally, particularly with Monkey Baa and CDP.
Imogen regularly collaborates with community arts organisations to create contemporary site-specific stories with emerging, youth, migrant, refugee and indigenous performers. Her studio Go Create Art develops imaginative thinking and creative arts practises with young people in the Illawarra.

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Years 3-4 Improvisation - live

Improvisation is the art of thinking on your feet and making it up as you go along – an essential skill for any performer!  This course will begin with the fundamental principles of improvisation (accepting and extending offers, creating environments and characters through voice and physicality) and move on to creating long- and short-form scenes that will amaze audiences.  Through games and discussion, we will analyse and discover what improvisation can teach us about scripted work and how improvisation can help us in our everyday life.

Presenter - Patrick Magee
Patrick is an award-winning improviser, actor and writer who has performed all over Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has worked with students for over a decade as a drama tutor and primary school teacher, incorporating his improvisational skills and dramatic talents in the classroom.  Patrick is also the creator and star of the sell-out improv show The Game is Afoot! An Improvised Sherlock Holmes Mystery.

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Years 3-4 Improvising Character and Stories - online workshop via Zoom

Improvisation, character and stories are all needed as the basis of drama. Improvisation is the art of thinking on your feet and making it up as you go along – an essential skill for any performer!  This digital course will begin with the fundamental principles of improvisation, explore accepting and extending offers, creating environments and characters through voice and physicality. You will tell stories and create spontaneous scenes. Discover what improvisation can teach us about creating characters and their stories and how improvisation can help us be more creative.

Presenter - Patrick Magee
Patrick is an award-winning improviser, actor and writer who has performed all over Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He has worked with students for over a decade as a drama tutor and primary school teacher, incorporating his improvisational skills and dramatic talents in the classroom.  Patrick is also the creator and star of the sell-out improv show The Game is Afoot! An Improvised Sherlock Holmes Mystery.


Years 3-4 Voice, Body and Improvisation - live

In this fun, skills-based workshop students will approach voice work with a range of techniques looking at projection, tone and expression. These skills are taught in an exciting and encouraging environment with students being supported to contribute both individually and in small groups in a variety of games and short tasks. We then combine movement and look at physical gestures, body language, and stillness with lots of humour and emotion. Activities are well paced according to the abilities and interests of the group and responding to their general level of confidence. This engaging series of workshopped ideas in voice and body will culminate with a further level of skill building where improv skills are enhanced and students are challenged to briefly step in and out of role and share their creativity with others. 

Presenter - Renee Anton
​​​Renee Adele Anton is a passionate and energetic Drama educator with over 20 years experience teaching in the Arts, implementing Drama and Dance programs throughout large communities of schools across Sydney. Her teaching style encompasses the forms of improvisation, mime, movement, storytelling, playbuilding and video drama. Her specialties include voice, body, role play and collaborative group exercises, motivating students to use and expand their individual talents. Renee has held roles both in and outside the classroom, facilitating opportunities for thousands in NSW Public Schools and providing uplifting and unique experiences through programs such as Create East, Create South, Primary Play Day, Primary Dance Day, Sydney Region Drama Festivals and Camps. She has held positions with The Arts Unit and Sydney Region Offices and completed various projects for the Department of Education and NESA. Renee believes in the transformative power of Drama in education and remains committed to working with students in the Primary setting through contributions to specialist programs, workshops, teacher training, resource and curriculum development and most recently implementation of a local Film Festival and Drama teacher mentoring via the DoE’s Creative Arts Statewide Staffroom. In her spare time, she enjoys various projects outside of school including acting, dancing, film making, choreography, and performance art. Renee believes that every student can succeed through learning Drama and that the performing arts should be made accessible and enjoyable for every child. She loves bringing the stage to her students and watching them learn to communicate, express, share and grow as confident young individuals.

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 Years 3-4 Voice, Body and Improvisation - (online workshop via Zoom)

 

In this fun, skills-based online workshop students will approach voice work using a range of techniques looking at projection, tone and expression. Activities will include individual and group speaking parts, memory games and small onscreen performances. We then combine movement and look at a selection of physical gestures and body language basics, adding some humour and emotion.

Students will be encouraged to share their ideas and supported to improve their voice and body skills. Activities will be paced according to the abilities and interests of the group and responding to their general level of confidence. This engaging series of ideas in voice and body will culminate with a further level of skill-building where improvisation skills are enhanced and students are challenged to briefly step in and out of role and share their creativity with others. 

Items needed are a notebook and pencil or pen, water bottle, a character hat and a single, handheld prop (book/toy or household item). If you would like to have fun, increase your confidence and work on combining drama skills, this is the workshop for you.

Presenter - Renee Anton
​​​Renee Adele Anton is a passionate and energetic Drama educator with over 20 years experience teaching in the Arts, implementing Drama and Dance programs throughout large communities of schools across Sydney. Her teaching style encompasses the forms of improvisation, mime, movement, storytelling, playbuilding and video drama. Her specialties include voice, body, role play and collaborative group exercises, motivating students to use and expand their individual talents. Renee has held roles both in and outside the classroom, facilitating opportunities for thousands in NSW Public Schools and providing uplifting and unique experiences through programs such as Create East, Create South, Primary Play Day, Primary Dance Day, Sydney Region Drama Festivals and Camps. She has held positions with The Arts Unit and Sydney Region Offices and completed various projects for the Department of Education and NESA. Renee believes in the transformative power of Drama in education and remains committed to working with students in the Primary setting through contributions to specialist programs, workshops, teacher training, resource and curriculum development and most recently implementation of a local Film Festival and Drama teacher mentoring via the DoE’s Creative Arts Statewide Staffroom. In her spare time, she enjoys various projects outside of school including acting, dancing, film making, choreography, and performance art. Renee believes that every student can succeed through learning Drama and that the performing arts should be made accessible and enjoyable for every child. She loves bringing the stage to her students and watching them learn to communicate, express, share and grow as confident young individuals.

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Years 4-6 Screen Acting (online workshop via Zoom)

Have you seen other children on TV and thought 'I could do that', but you don't know where to start? Let me help you! In this workshop, I will start by explaining how the processes work. From finding an agent, to auditioning, to booking the job and going to set. I will provide a fact sheet for your parents as well, so they can have a checklist to help you after the workshop if you would like to have a go. We will then move on to mock auditions - using TV commercials - so you can go through the process and see what it feels like. I will give you feedback so you know what to work on.  

Class materials will be distributed prior to the workshop for students to use.

Presenter - Marg Haynes from AIPA
Marg Haynes (JP) is known in the industry for her ingenuity, drive and passion. After nearly 16 years working in LA as a producer and in casting, she returned to Sydney and currently runs The Agency at AIPA. As a mum, Marg is very protective of child actors and always strives to create a secure environment where actors can thrive. Marg has been responsible for the development of numerous actors including Danielle MacDonald, Nicholas Burton, Liv Hewson, Eliza Scanlen, Mojean Aria, Rahel Romain, Christie Hayes, Matt Castley and the list goes on.  Marg holds several qualifications including BA (Hons), ATCL, LTCL, FTCL (p), ACE, CSCA, CVCA. She has worked and continues to work with some of the top casting directors, directors and producers in the US industry. She is known and respected for her keen eye, work ethic and determination. Her casting suggestions have led to many unknown Australians getting their break in LA. Marg currently runs “The Agency at AIPA (TAAA)” AIPA’s theatrical agency and has several clients currently on television. She's always looking for young actors who want to learn, work and grow.

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Years 5-6 Auditioning and Acting for Film and Television

Have you seen other children on TV and thought "I could do that", but you don't know where to start? Let me help you! In this workshop I will start by explaining how the processes work. From finding an agent, to auditioning, to booking the job and going to set. I will provide a fact sheet for your parents as well, so they can have a checklist to help you after the workshop if you would like to have a go. We will then move on to mock auditions - using TV commercials - so you can go through the process and see what it feels like. I will give you feedback and then you can have another go. After lunch, we will move on to short scenes for film and TV. You will be matched up with other classmates and we will move the groups around, so you can try different roles. The day will go quickly, and you will have a lot of fun and go home understanding how you can be part of this great and dynamic industry! 

Presenter - Marg Haynes from AIPA
Marg Haynes (JP) is known in the industry for her ingenuity, drive and passion. After nearly 16 years working in LA as a producer and in casting, she returned to Sydney and currently runs The Agency at AIPA. As a mum, Marg is very protective of child actors and always strives to create a secure environment where actors can thrive. Marg has been responsible for the development of numerous actors including Danielle MacDonald, Nicholas Burton, Liv Hewson, Eliza Scanlen, Mojean Aria, Rahel Romain, Christie Hayes, Matt Castley and the list goes on.  Marg holds several qualifications including BA (Hons), ATCL, LTCL, FTCL (p), ACE, CSCA, CVCA. She has worked and continues to work with some of the top casting directors, directors and producers in the US industry. She is known and respected for her keen eye, work ethic and determination. Her casting suggestions have led to many unknown Australians getting their break in LA. Marg currently runs “The Agency at AIPA (TAAA)” AIPA’s theatrical agency and has several clients currently on television. She's always looking for young actors who want to learn, work and grow.

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Years 5-6 Characterisation

To tell a story as a performer, you become the characters in the story. This course on ‘characterisation’ is all about the steps, skills and knowledge needed when developing that unique character. How does your character move? How does your character speak? How do they think, feel and interact with others in different situations? Through whole group discussions, fun and entertaining drama activities, short scripts and the development of short scenes, we will be creating our very own complete and original characters that will be ready for the next story to be told on stage.

Presenter - Ben van Biljon
Ben Van Biljon has been a Primary teacher for over 16 years and is currently supporting small schools throughout the Hawkesbury region as an Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Instruction leader. He has always had a passion for the dramatic arts. From directing whole school musicals to taking drama groups and working at Drama festivals, he feels that drama is a major part of who he is as a teacher. Ben has been involved with the NSW Arts Unit State Primary Ensemble and has had great success in getting his school drama groups to perform at the NSW State Drama Festival. He has collaborated and written teaching programs for the Department of Education for teachers to use State-wide. Ben was recognised for his dedication and expertise in the field of drama, by being acknowledged as the first Primary drama teacher in Drama NSW’s ‘Teacher of the Term’. He was also the part-owner of a performing arts business called Mosman Performing Arts, which provided kids of all ages, the chance to create and perform an original show or film in just one week of the holidays. Ben is extremely passionate about the arts and enjoys creating positive, creative and exciting performances and experiences for the students that he works with.

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Years 5-6 Puppetry

Welcome to the World of Puppetry!  Puppetry is the art of bringing inanimate objects to life - whether they be a fluffy sock, a cardboard rocket or even a full-scale dragon.  Join us for a fun and hands-on introduction to various types of puppets and learn how to operate them.  You'll get to play with glove puppets, rod puppets, marionette string puppets and make your own sock puppet that you get to keep and take home!
We'll put on a show while developing performance, storytelling, and improvisation skills.  Puppetry is a highly creative and imaginative art form that helps with problem-solving and thinking outside the box.

Please note:  Puppetry materials need to be purchased directly from the tutor at the beginning of the workshop.  Please bring $10 exact change in an envelope on the day.

Presenter - Kay Yasugi
Kay Yasugi is a puppeteer, puppet maker and teacher based in Sydney, Australia. She trained at the London School of Puppetry (UK) and works as a freelance puppeteer through Pupperoos, focusing on education and children's projects. She has made and performed puppets for film, television and theatre including The 13-Storey Treehouse stage show based on the children’s book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. She has appeared on ABC’s Play School (‘Through the Window’ segments) for their episodes on puppetry. In 2020 she was an artist for the Creative Leadership in Learning Program with the Sydney Opera House. In 2021 Kay was a puppeteer and puppet maker for the ABC iView campaign which included commercials on TV, digital media, GIFs and outdoor advertising. She also did a project with the Korean Cultural Centre, writing Korean folktales which were read aloud by The Wiggles online. 
Kay is passionate about sharing the joy of puppetry with people of all ages.

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drama students working with puppets

 

Years 5-6 Puppetry:'Mini-me Puppets' - online workshop via Zoom

Welcome to the World of Puppetry!  Puppetry is the art of bringing inanimate objects to life - whether they be a fluffy sock, a cardboard rocket or even a full-scale dragon.  Join us for a fun introduction to various types of puppets and make your own simple ‘mini me’ humanette puppet out of tea towels, cardboard and rubber bands. Explore how the puppet can move, and how you can combine that with interesting facial expressions. Great for those who love drama and comedy!

We’ll play some games, create some skits and develop some skills in performance, storytelling and improvisation.  Puppetry is a highly creative and imaginative art form that helps with problem-solving and thinking outside the box.

What you will need:

  • Tea towels
  • Cardboard
  • Rubber bands (further information will be emailed closer to the date)

Presenter - Kay Yasugi
Kay Yasugi is a puppeteer, puppet maker and teacher based in Sydney, Australia. She trained at the London School of Puppetry (UK) and works as a freelance puppeteer through Pupperoos, focusing on education and children's projects. She has made and performed puppets for film, television and theatre including The 13-Storey Treehouse stage show based on the children’s book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. She has appeared on ABC’s Play School (‘Through the Window’ segments) for their episodes on puppetry. In 2020 she was an artist for the Creative Leadership in Learning Program with the Sydney Opera House. In 2021 Kay was a puppeteer and puppet maker for the ABC iView campaign which included commercials on TV, digital media, GIFs and outdoor advertising. She also did a project with the Korean Cultural Centre, writing Korean folktales which were read aloud by The Wiggles online. 
Kay is passionate about sharing the joy of puppetry with people of all ages.

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Kay Yasugi puppet tutor

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