June Professional Development Seminar

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Date(s) - 07/06/2015 - 08/06/2015
All Day


7 – 8 JUNE 2015

How to Pay
Two Day Rates: Members $195; Non Members $240;
Concession $160; Students $100
Daily Rates: Members $110; Non Members $130;
Concession: $85; Students $60


Concession Rate available for Pensioners/Seniors with ID

National Australia Bank, Rockdale Branch BSB 082342 Account No. 516265894.
(Ensure your surname is recorded on electronic deposit. Advise Sari of deposit
date: [email protected])
Cash or Cheques accepted at the door

PR 9.00 – 9.30 Registration and Morning Tea, including Welcome and Outline of the Day

9.30 – 11.00 TERRY KARABELAS

Terry Karabelas is Co-Artistic Director of Sport For Jove Theatre. In 2011, Terry co-directed The Libertine at the Darlinghurst Theatre, which was nominated for 5 Sydney Theatre Awards, winning Best Production, Best Actor and Best Actress, along with Winning Timeout People’s Choice Award for Best Production.
He is an actor and director whose credits for Sport For Jove include Capulet in Romeo & Juliet
Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the 2010-11, Corin in As You Like it and Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew for the 2011/12 Festival and co-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2010/11. His other theatre credits include Hamlet in Hamlet, Macbeth in Macbeth, Iago in Othello, Podkolyoshin in The

Marriage (Griffin Theatre), King Lear in King Lear, Dromio in Comedy of Errors, Caliban in The Tempest, Eglamor in Queen Lear, Frank in Kvetch, Hamlet in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Chief Clerk in Metamorphosis, Stathis in The Match and Dancemaster in The Would Be Gentleman (Takeaway Theatre), Bob Shroeder in Beau Jest (The Independent Theatre), Cleante in Tartuffe, Creon in Antigone, Frank in Sweet Phoebe, Tom Junior in Sweet Bird of Youth and Orestes in Electra..
Terry was recently awarded a Travelling Shakespeare Fellowship for Performance (through the ‘Shakespeare Reloaded’ program at Sydney University and Barker College) taking him to London, Washington and Staunton, Virginia.
Terry has also translated and adapted productions of Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Euminides, Antigone and Electra.


11.00 – 11.30 Morning Tea

11.30 – 1.00 ALANA QUINN, BA (Psych), ASDA, LSDA (Teacher), ATCL, LTCL(Teacher)

Alana is a Speech and Drama teacher in Canberra. She has been teaching for over 20 years and in that time has taught both on a private tutor basis at a number of schools in Canberra and had her own private studio. Most of her students are privately taught in a one on one class. Alana has been entering students in both AMEB and ASCA examinations and her students have enjoyed a consistent high level of results. In 2004 she received an award for Excellence in Teaching from ASCA.

Alana is originally from Townsville where she studied Speech and Drama at high school with Cecily Daniels. Alana attended James Cook University where she received a BA with double majors in English and Psychology. In her fourth year she was recruited into the Commonwealth Public Service as a Graduate, and subsequently moved to Canberra. During her first years in Canberra she completed her Associate and Licentiate teaching qualifications.

Married with two daughters, Alana began her Speech and Drama studio when her children were small. She subsequently resigned from the public service and began teaching full time. She enters her students in exams and eisteddfods, organizes, teaches and conducts the Canberra Chorale speaking Choir as well as small play performances and at least one concert each year.


The Session will cover the things you need to consider when deciding to set up a private Speech and Drama studio, and what crucial decisions you need to make before you start. It will cover how to set up and prepare your studio as well as the types of activities suitable to include in classes with individual students. A question and answer session will follow.

1.00 – 2.30 Lunch (not provided). Mingle with other members either in a local café or stay in. This is a great opportunity for members to learn from fellow members and make useful contacts.

2.30 – 4.30 SARAH WOODS


Sarah Woods is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and has enjoyed an extensive career in theatre, film and television. Her film credits include The Last Race, the multi award winning The Black Balloon and Accidents Happen where she appeared alongside Geena Davis.

Recent television credits include, Return to the Devil’s Playground, Redfern Now, Rake – Series 1 and 2, Crownies and Laid. Sarah has also appeared in Home And Away, All Saints, Small Claims, White Collar Blue, Backberner, Behind the Comedy Channel, Murder Call, State Coroner, Blue Heelers, Jimeoin and The Flying Doctors. She will appear this year in ABC / Foxtel’s much anticipated mini-series, The Kettering Incident.

She has played the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet (2006 and 2011) and Lady Macbeth for Bell Shakespeare; Gertrude in Hamlet for the STC and appeared in Black Milk and The Girl’s Gotta Eat for Belvoir. Her many credits for Railway St Theatre Co. include Olive in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Gwen in Away and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Sarah played the title role in Richard ll for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Other theatre credits include Mr Melancholy for Griffin T.C./Neonheart Theatre Inc., Footprints On Water for Chameleon Theatre Inc. and the national tour of That Eye The Sky, directed by Richard Roxburgh.


Sarah is an Arts Educator with award winning company SPORT FOR JOVE THEATRE and has been part of BELL SHAKESPEARE’s Arts Education team since 2006. In this capacity she has taught students from years 3 to 12, held workshops for primary and secondary school teachers as well as other community groups for both adults and children. Some of this work has taken her to remote indigenous communities. She has been a drama coach on film sets for ATYP and also taught The Actor’s Studio and The Screen Actor’s Studio at NIDA OPEN PROGRAM.

DE-MYSTIFYING THE BARD! Teaching Shakespeare to secondary school students.

This, my second workshop with S&D, will again be very interactive, involving the members practically in all activities in order to give a sensory understanding of what it feels like from the student’s perspective.

I plan to arm the members with a number of practical exercises and activities that will get their students interactively across the stories and characters in broad brush strokes. We’ll then put a magnifying glass up to the language to find clues and techniques to help students achieve exciting embodiment of character as well as clear story-telling.

We will explore the beauty and power of the poetry and depth of meaning within certain passages.

4.30 – 5.45 Committee Meeting

6.00……… PULLMAN SYDNEY HYDE PARK HOTEL, College Street. Two Courses plus welcome glass of wine or beer for $35 per head (inc. tea/coffee) paid in full in advance with fees, buy other alcohol/beverages. A fun evening with friends and colleagues subsidized by the Association to the extent of $20 per head as a special gift to members – do try to make it!

PROGRAM Monday 8 June

9.30 – 10.00 Registration and Morning Tea, including Welcome and Outline of the Day
10.00 – 11.30 DR MARK SETON
Is the director of Sense Connexion www.senseconnexion.com, founder of the 7RPM Resilient Vulnerability © paradigm, and an Honorary Research Associate (Department of Performance Studies) at the University of Sydney. He lectures in screen performance at the International Screen Academy and theatre history at Excelsia College. He was the recipient of the 2009 Gilbert Spottiswood Churchill Fellowship and conducted a study tour of actor training healthcare practices in the UK. He is on the Advisory Panel of the Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare, of which he was a founding member. In 2013, he and colleagues from the University of Sydney launched the first national survey of actors’ wellbeing in collaboration with the Equity Foundation

‘Disarming’ Performance Anxiety: Re-engaging the joy of performing

Performance anxiety is a term often used to give meaning to a diverse range of bodily experiences and cognitive beliefs that inhibit our capacity to perform (public speaking or acting) in an optimal manner. However, through my research and coaching on vulnerability and actor wellbeing, I have found that we can reduce the effects of performance anxiety when we choose to move consciously towards greater competency in technique, deeper connection with an audience and vulnerable pleasure in our craft. I have identified 3 factors that fuel debilitating performance anxiety: doubt, shame and trauma. In this workshop, I will offer practical, playful and holistic strategies to ‘dis-arm’ each of these aspects of being human that can impact our capacity to perform.

11.30 – 11.45 Brief Morning Tea Break
11.45 – 1.00 KATHLEEN WARREN EdD, MA (hons) LASA, FTCL

Kathleen is already known to many members of the Speech and Drama Association. She has been a member for over thirty years, a previous committee member and a past secretary and president. She has been a teacher, an academic, a Speech and Drama adjudicator and a consultant and now in her retirement years works as a writer and early childhood and drama consultant primarily for The Wiggles and associated companies. She maintains her interest in poetry through her involvement in a U3A course in which a wide range of poetry and poets are discussed. She is also a director and an award winning actor with Newcastle Theatre Company and is currently in rehearsal for a (very) small role in Lady Windermere’s Fan

A Literary Quiz
An understating of literature in its many forms is an essential tool for a Speech and Drama teacher. The broader our knowledge and understanding of its many genres, the better choices we can make when encouraging students to select material for examinations and eisteddfods and in helping them extend their own awareness and appreciation of the wide range available to us all.

This literary quiz covers a range of literature and literary related matters so have fun while you join with a few others to test yourselves!

1.00 – 2.30 Lunch (not provided). Mingle with other members either in a local café or stay in. This is a great opportunity for members to learn from fellow members and make useful contacts.

2.30 – 4.00 CLIVE WOOSNAM

The son of a coalminer, Clive Woosnam was born and raised in the Rhondda Valley of South Wales, and loved poetry and choral music from an early age. When schoolteachers replaced coal as the Rhondda’s main export, Clive migrated to Sydney to teach at one of its best-known schools, Newington College, for 35 years. He is a founder member of the Dylan Thomas Society of Australia (DTSA) and has been its president for twelve years. He has been president of the Sydney Welsh Choir (SWC) for 23 years, and has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to education and the arts. His play-for-voices, ‘Good Night, Dylan’, dealing with the tempestuous life and controversial death of Dylan Thomas, was performed in Sydney in 2012 and 2014. Late last year Clive led a joint DTSA/SWC concert tour to Wales, Ireland and England to enjoy the Dylan Thomas Centenary Festival.


The presentation will take the form of an integrated talk on Dylan’s life and work incorporating examples of his poems, humorous prose, excerpts from his letters and from his play-for-voices, Under Milk Wood. Some of his words will be spoken by Dylan himself, on CD, but Clive will perform the rest, mostly from memory. The works of Dylan will be woven into the story of the man himself: his tempestuous life and especially his controversial death.

Poems to be covered will include Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Fern Hill, And Death Shall Have No Dominion, The Force That Through The Green Fuse… and Poem In October Stories will include Holiday Memory and The Outing.

There will be a great deal of variety in the program as Dylan’s poetry and prose are very different from each other, while his letters present another facet of the writer. The story of his life and death reads like something invented by a sensational novelist, and cannot fail to command attention.

If you have any queries please feel welcome to contact Robyn Fraser, Secretary, on (02) 9810 2449 or [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE: FEES ARE DUE ON THE 1ST JANUARY EACH YEAR & ELAINE HODDA’S (Membership Secretary) ADDRESS FOR ALL CORRESPONDENCE: P.O. Box 2212, Carlingford Court, Carlingford 2118.