NSW Public Schools Multicultural Playwright Program

Years 7 to 12

Supports secondary students from refugee backgrounds and students who have English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D). Led by industry professionals, students share their stories in a forum that develops both literacy and drama skills.

Students engage in activities that develop language skills within the context of writing for theatre. Students will have the opportunity to share their stories as they develop their literacy, expressive and performance skills. Teachers will participate in a professional learning session prior to the student program. Students will then participate in a series of workshops culminating in a fantastic live streamed performance.

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students during workshop

2022 applications

Applications are now open! Applications close Friday 13 May, 2022
To apply for the Multicultural Playwright Program 2022 complete the online application form.

About the program

This highly engaging performance program is intended for students who have English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) and students with a refugee background. Participating students must be in Years 7 to 12 and attend a NSW public school.

The Multicultural Playwright Program engages students in activities that develop language skills within the context of writing for theatre. Students will have the opportunity to share their stories as they develop their literacy, expressive and performance skills. 

This 3-day workshop program will give multicultural and refugee students and their teachers a scriptwriting and performance experience culminating in a showcase performance which is live streamed back to the student’s home countries.

Workshop information

The program will commence with a 1 day teacher professional learning workshop. During this workshop, teachers will work with a theatre practitioner and teacher mentor to develop a program of ideas and teaching strategies to engage and encourage their EAL/D and refugee students to share their experiences and work creatively with each other to express their ideas. Teachers will be given a range performance starting points and ideas for students to work on back at school. 

Following this workshop, teachers will have the opportunity to have a theatre practitioner mentor come along to their school to work with their students for 1 x 2hr workshops to assist with the preparation and devising of their performances. The dates will be negotiated to best fit the participating school in the weeks leading up to the 3-day program.

These performances form the basis of the performance to be developed throughout the 3 day workshop under the guidance of Zeal Theatre. The final showcase of the student work is then performed and live streamed to home countries. This program addresses the National Teaching Standards 1.3.2, 2.1.2, 6.3.2

Who should attend

This workshop is designed for NSW public school students from Years 7–12 who are from a refugee or non-English speaking background. Please be aware that the final performance will be live-streamed, therefore appropriate permission must be sought by the schools for participating students.

Dates

Teacher professional learning
Date: Term 2 Week 4 – Tuesday 17 May 2022.
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 
Venue: Bankstown Arts Centre - Studio 1 
5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, 2200

Mentoring week
Term 2 Week 5: Monday - Wednesday

Student 3 day workshop
Date: Term 2 Week 9 - Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 June, 2022.
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm 
Venue: Bankstown Arts Centre - Theatre 
5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, 2200

Refugee Week
Term 2 Week 9.

Program fees

  • The 3-day workshop fee is $90.00 per participating student.
  • There is no fee for the teacher professional learning session for 1 teacher per school who have students participating in the 3 day program.
  • A fee of $150 for additional teachers attending the professional learning.

Multicultural Playwright Program 2022 - promo

Duration: 2:02

The Multicultural Playwright Program is a three-day event which is designed to give multicultural/refugee students and their teachers a scriptwriting and performance experience. On the third day the students will, after working with the tutors and their teachers, put on a showcase performance providing them with the platform to share their stories.

Video transcript – Multicultural Playwright Program 2022 - promo

Enquiries

The Arts Initiatives team
The Arts Unit
Phone
Catherine Gilholme
Arts Initiatives and Events Officer
The Arts Unit
Phone

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