DramaWorks Newcastle

Region: Regional North Regional North and West | Newcastle
Years 7 to 12
Local arts program Public schools Drama

Contemporary theatre workshops for secondary students providing an opportunity for them to engage in a diversity of performance techniques and conventions beyond the classroom.

The workshops offer secondary students an experience in exploring styles and conventions of drama that are highly contemporary and relevant through access to entertainment industry leaders actively earning a living in the arts.

For many students DramaWorks is a significant stepping-stone on their journey of self-discovery and enables them to work with like-minded students in focusing on delving deeper into the development of their skills.  DramaWorks provides students with the skills to successfully enrich their confidence, life skills and academic abilities.

Masterclasses are delivered by a talented team of industry professionals and give students an unforgettable opportunity to develop new drama skills to playbuild, refine and deliver a performance in a professional entertainment venue.

2023 dates

  • Student workshops - Tuesday 28 March to Friday 31 March 2023
  • 9 am-3 pm
  • Showcase performance Friday 31 March 6:30 pm

    How to apply

    Applications are now open!



    Maitland Gaol, 6-18 John Street, East Maitland, NSW, 2323

    2023 workshops

    Workshop Year group Practitioner

    Immersive and physical theatre

    Join Joshua in a fully accessible, all immersive creative workshop based around storytelling and physical exploration. This is an opportunity to learn from each other, explore our personal stories in an immersive and physical way, and play with ideas in a fun, safe, and nurturing environment for all types of artists!  This workshop uses the physical body, text, image and movement to create contemporary, compelling circus theatre. Dive into a world of contradictions and seek to be a platform for voices, questions, and truths of all kinds.

    Joshua Thomson
    Joshua Thomson

    Joshua Thomson is the Artistic Director of Legs on the Wall and has made numerous works that have toured nationally and internationally. He is a Performer, Choreographer, Director and Maker and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from the Queensland University of Technology. For the past 16 years Joshua has worked nationally and internationally across many different performative art forms with companies such as Tasdance, Dancenorth, Perth Theatre Company, The Farm and PVC – Physical Virus Collective (Germany), Legs On The Wall, Shaun Parker & Company, Stalker Stilt Theatre and Marrugeku. Joshua is one of the founding members of the new Gold Coast company The Farm. He specialises in dynamic physical performing work, ranging from live theatre to a 48 hour duration work in the ocean.

    Viewpoints- creating dynamic moments 

    Join Shane to devise theatre in an alternative method to the more traditional approach of scriptwriting. Students will explore many models that can be applied including improvisation, group-brainstorming sessions, short writing exercises and task-based activities. Drawing from director Anne Bogart’s approach to devising theatre and combined with ensemble training based in Viewpoints, Shane will provide a simple process and some basic tools to navigate the sometimes-difficult journey of group collaboration.

    Shane Anthony
    Shane Anthony

    Shane Anthony is a director, movement director and dramaturg working throughout Australia and internationally. He is currently Co-Artistic Director of Sydney-based independent physical theatre company, Chopt Logic. Select directing credits include Ulster American by David Ireland for Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre (nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards), Our Blood Runs in the Street by Chopt Logic for Metro Arts and The Old Fitz, Lilac by Jackson Used for KXT, Songs for the Fallen for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (winner of Best Musical), Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne and Brisbane International Arts Festival. He is a graduate of the Directing Program at the NIDA, and Screenwriting for Feature Film at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. In 2007 he traveled to New York to continue training with Anne Bogart and the Saratoga International Theatre Institute.


    Creating theatre that moves

    Join Alicia to create an original piece of theatre in the style of the Lecoq pedagogy. Develop a deeper understanding of character, dramatic motor, rhythmic mount and the dynamic of text. This workshop will equip students with the tools to invent and devise innovative and visual performances. You will explore using your body rather than the spoken text to generate meaning in the theatre. 

    Alicia Gonzalez
    Alicia Gonzalez

    ALICIA GONZALEZ is a dedicated actor, director and coach specialising in clowning, movement and the creation of original theatre and film. She Trained at Lecoq in Paris, she's also trained in clown with Avner the Eccentric (USA), Eric De Bont (Spain). Currently she's touring family show Holiday Island with collaborator Ali Gordon (Bunjil Place VIC, Art House Wyong, Monkey Baa, SYD). In 2021 she created and performed in the online and interactive show Clown is Sad? presented by Riverside & Merrigong Theatres. She also directed children's virtual and live stage show The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. She wrote, directed and performed in: Macondo's Clothesline and Fred & Ginger (The Old 505 Theatre) and operetta Lemon Tree (Blank_Space Gallery).


    Delving into devising

    Join Mym to focus on curiosity, collaboration and play, to develop your skills in improvisation, ensemble-building and experimentation with sound and movement.This workshop will provide senior students with some fresh ideas in preparing for the group work aspects of the HSC Drama course.

    Mym Kwa
    Mym Kwa

    Mym Kwa is an actor, dancer, theatre-maker and teacher, living and working on Gadigal Land. Mym completed an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Ed5International) training in all styles of dance as well as vocal and acting coaching. She currently works as a ballet teacher and social carer, supporting people with disabilities with dancing, script writing and art. Most recently, Mym has worked with Little Eggs Collective to facilitate a Regional Arts Workshop in Maitland and is soon to lead HSC Theatre Devising Workshops at the Seymour Centre. Mym’s recent theatre credits include Moon Rabbit Rising (Little Eggs Collective/ 25A Belvoir), Much Ado About Nothing (Flight Path Theatre), Lady Precious Stream (The Flying Nun/ Brand X) and The Park (New Theatre). With a love of ensemble-driven and collaborative work, Mym is passionate about creating new work with young people.


    Further information

    • Participating students must be available to perform in the final performance showcase which takes place on the Friday evening from 6.30 pm at the historic Maitland Gaol, where we'd love to save you a seat!

    Teacher professional learning

    • Monday 27 March
    • 9 am-3 pm
    • Teachers will join the tutors to explore and develop their own knowledge and skills in the specific theatre styles to take back into the classroom.

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    COVID-19 notice

    The operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

    Visit the COVID-19 and public schools in NSW web page for more information.


    Renee Berger


    Maitland Gaol
    6-18 John Street
    East Maitland NSW 2323

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