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Date(s) - 09/06/2018 - 11/06/2018
1:30 pm - 12:30 pm

Capital Theatre Tamworth

Saturday 9 June ¬ Monday 11 June 2018
Venue: Capitol Theatre ¬ Peel St, Tamworth NSW 2340
Cost: Early Bird closes on 25th May 2018, after which full rates apply – costs are listed below the PROGRAMME.
By TrYbooking: Click on the link AT THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER
June Long Weekend
Seminar & Workshop
Saturday 9 June 2018

for secure online payment by Mastercard, Visa or AMEX
DAY ONE Saturday 9 June, 2018

1:30 Arrival and Registration
1:50 Welcome and Outline of the weekend
2:00 ‘Adjudicators As Superheroes?’ ¬ Stephen Robinson
After All These Years, It’s (Still) About The Kids!’
4:00 Afternoon Tea (provided)
4:15 Experience and Journey ¬ Peter Ross
Regional and Community Theatre
5:30 Presentations End
6:00 Conference Dinner And Bush Dance (catered)
9:00 End of Day

DAY TWO Sunday 10 June, 2018
8:30 Arrival and Registration
9:00 Touchstones ¬ Vicki Clancy
Peer Led Discussion: Sourcing Resources
10:00 Adventures in Biography Part 1 ¬ Anne Pender
Writing the Lives of Australian Actors
11:00 Morning Tea (provided)
11:15 Oral Magic ¬ Sophie Masson
”The Resurgence of Interest in Spoken Poetry” & poetry writing workshop.
12:45 Lunch (provided)
2:00 Shakespeare In The Region ¬ Julie Shearer
A Practical Workshop
3:15 Adventures in Biography Part 2 ¬ Anne Pender
Writing the Lives of Australian Actors
4:30 Presentations End
5:30 Conference Bonfire ¬ Dinner at Loomberah Hall Burt Road (catered)
9:00 End of Day

DAY THREE Monday 11 June, 2018
8:30 Arrival and Registration
9:00 ‘Sixty¬One Resources in (just) Sixty Minutes’ ¬ Stephen Robinson
Quizzes, puzzles, trivia, fun facts – and GIVEAWAYS!
10:00 Brunch in the Park and Farewell
11:30 Committee Meeting
Agenda items emailed to [email protected] by Friday 9th March
12:30 Conclusion of Day

Early Bird registration closes Friday 25th May 2018

Early Bird Regular Rate
(Pre 25 May) (After 25 May)

Member: *$225 *$255
Non Members: *$260 *$300
Concession/Senior: *$170 *$200
Students: *$130 *$130
First time attendee: *$100 *$100
One Session: *$50 —
Double Social Event (1 adult, 2 chn) —- $75
Social Event Partner (1 adult) —- $50
*Note: includes all social events and catering
Early Bird closes on 25th May 2018, after which full rates apply.
By TrYbooking: Click on the link AT THE TOP RIGHT HAND CORNER
June Long Weekend
Seminar & Workshop
Saturday 9 June 2018

for secure online payment by Mastercard, Visa or AMEX

‘ADJUDICATORS as SUPERHEROES? After All These Years, It’s (STILL) about the kids!’

Eisteddfodau are changing – and we need to change with the times too! (Or do we?) What do competitors, parents, teachers and organizers look for in an eisteddfod? What should they expect? Stephen will share his experiences of the Queensland eisteddfod scene and attempt to define what makes for a ‘good’, even ‘great’, eisteddfod experience. He intends to explore what sort of preparation teachers might undertake before an eisteddfod. How should our students and parents respond during and after an eisteddfod? How can teachers work collaboratively with convenors and organizers to effect a ‘win¬win’ experience for everyone? Stephen’s presentation will be guided by the feedback he receives at the March Seminar of the SDANSW where he will
survey (surveyed) attendees about their interests and expectations of this Conference session. (He will make reference to, and make available, previously published research from the last fifteen years of researching and writing on the subject!)
Books are his ‘thing’ and, like all ‘good’ Speech teachers, Stephen is eager to share what he’s found and – hopefully – find some new gems! (Hint: he hopes to find some decent bush verse when he’s in Tamworth!) having combed the best bookshops in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne, Stephen will share ‘the latest’ about poetry, monologues, communication skills, phonetics, voice texts, Shakespearean drama, etc … There should be something for everyone! And, there will be quizzes, puzzles, trivia, fun facts – and GIVEAWAYS! (LOTS of giveaways!) Be prepared to share
what you’ve found – and ways you can use these resources (print, digital and audio-visual). ‘Acknowledgment’: The session title is drawn from (Brisbane circus troupe) Circa’s show ‘Thirty¬one circus acts in thirty minutes’! (Just don’t expect the presenter to juggle, eat fire, or dance like Hugh Jackman!)
Stephen has taught Speech & Drama and Communication Skills in classrooms and the private studio for over thirty years. He was President of the Speech & Drama Teachers’ Association of Queensland Inc. (2005¬2007) and, until January 2010, he was Secretary of the SDTAQ Inc. and Editor of their journal, The Quarterly Voice (2003¬2007, 2010). Currently, he is a Speech & Drama examiner and President of the Australian College of Music. As well as an Arts degree, Stephen holds several diplomas & certificates from the Australian Music Examinations Board and Trinity College London. He has attained post¬graduate qualifications in children’s literature, educational studies, educational leadership and religion studies. He has presented recitals, seminars and workshops to the Australian College of Music,
SDANSW, SAWA and the SDTAQ Inc (now known as ‘Communication, Speech and Performance Teachers’ Inc’ – of which he was made a Life Member in February 2016). Stephen has directed/produced school and community one¬act plays, dramas, recitals, musicals and concert pieces. He wrote, directed and produced ‘All Wright: An informal tribute to Judith Wright on the occasion of the centenary of her birth’ (staged on the centenary, 31 May 2015). The event raised $1250 which was donated evenly to causes dear to Wright’s heart: recognition of Aboriginal peoples in the Australian constitution and the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, of which Wright was a foundation member.
He has adjudicated eisteddfodau/festivals in Perth and across Queensland and New South Wales, most recently at the Sunshine Coast and Mackay (2015), at the All Hallows Arts Festival and Enoggera (2016), and at Gladstone (August 2018).

PETER ROSS ¬ BA (Musical Theatre)
Experience and Journey in Regional and Community Theatre

Peter has spent many years championing regional theatre and the important contribution that regional venues and creatives make to the cultural fabric of regional communities. He will discuss his experience and journey, especially regional creative projects and venues, and detail how Tamworth has grown and changed since the Capitol Theatre Tamworth opened 9 and half years ago. He believes in the importance of a strong and cohesive cultural ecosystem and the difference that can make to the communities.He will also give an overview of the NSW and national venues
and the product that tours across the country.
Peter is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA 1997). He has worked
professionally in the entertainment industry since 1987 as a producer, director and actor. He is currently employed by Tamworth Regional Council, initially as the Theatre Director of the Capitol Theatre Tamworth (2009 to 2012) and then as the Manager of Entertainment Venues, which programs and manages the Capitol Theatre Tamworth, Tamworth War Memorial Town Hall and the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre. Peter is passionate about regional performing arts and the part they play in the national ecosystem of our industry – from an audience and practice perspective.

VICKI CLANCY ¬ Chief Examiner AMEB (NSW)

We are continuing our regular sessions for the sharing of corporate knowledge from basics to the best. We all have experience in teaching various aspects of the foundations of our craft and these sessions will be facilitated by members of your committee to bring out the combined knowledge of the group for the benefit of brand new teachers and re¬energising those with years of experience.
So bring your ideas, experience and enthusiasm to share with the other members of the Association. The topic in June is “Sourcing Resources” led by Vicki Clancy prior to a peer led discussion.

Adventures in Biography Part 1¬ Writing the Lives of Australian Actors

Anne will be presenting research on her books, which include a biography of Barry Humphries entitled One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries (2010), From a Distant Shore: Australian Writers in Britain 1820¬2012, (2013), Nick Enright: An Actor’s Playwright (2008) and Christina Stead: Satirist (2002). Recently Anne published an e-book entitled Players: Australian Actors on Stage, Television and Film (2016). Currently she is in the final stages of writing a collective biography of Australian comic actors.
Anne Pender is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England. A Menzies scholar to Harvard University and graduate of the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales, Anne taught Australian Literature at King’s College London in 2002¬03 and was Visiting Distinguished Professor of Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2011¬2012. Later this year Anne will take up a Fulbright Senior Scholarship at Harvard University to commence research on on Australian writers living in the United States.

Oral Magic

Poetry and stories don’t just sit on the page, they live in the voice, the gesture, the image. Sophie loves to write poetry and stories for children remembering that the ear can be as important as the eye, and that the fun of words lives in the heart as well as the mind. This presentation will look at how it’s done, and ways to share that magic with listeners, students, readers. It will also include a fun segment to unleash your own inner poet and storyteller!
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, of French parents, Sophie Masson came to Australia at the age of 5. All her childhood, the family moved back and forth between Australia and France, unable to make up their minds as to where to live, so Sophie grew up between worlds, and between languages, an experience which has formed a lot of her work. A bilingual French and English speaker, she was educated in schools in both Australia and France, and has a BA and M.Litt in French and English Literature from the University of New England in northern NSW. Sophie has had more than 50 novels published in Australia and internationally, mostly for young adults and children, but also for adults, including the internationally¬selling Forest of Dreams, an adult fantasy trilogy based on the life and work of the medieval French writer Marie de France. Much of her work for children and young adults has also been in the fantasy genre, but she has also written ghost stories, mysteries, thrillers, family stories and a graphic novel (The Secret Army: Operation Loki). She adapted one of her novels, The Green Prince, for the stage and it was performed in a successful season in 2001.She has also written novels under the pseudonyms of Isabelle Merlin (Three Wishes, 2008; Pop Princess, 2009; Cupid’s Arrow, 2009 and Bright Angel, 2010) and Jenna Austen (The Romance Diaries, Ruby, 2013, and the Romance Diaries: Stella, 2013.

Shakespeare In The Region
Teaching and performing Shakespeare ¬ this will be a practical workshop

Julie has joined the staff at UNE from Trinity College in Dublin where she taught Shakespeare, Irish Theatre and subjects in Performance. She has a PhD from Trinity College, a MA from University College Dublin and a BA (Hons) from QUT. Previous to her academic career Julie was a professional actor and theatre¬maker performing with, amongst others, Bell Shakespeare, the Queensland State Theatre Company and the Riverina Theatre Company.