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Descriptions of Workshops for New Ground Rising now LIVE!

Drama Australia, in partnership with DramaWest, is thrilled to open registrations for the 2017 Drama Australia Conference, New Ground Rising.

The Drama Australia Conference will be held in Perth from Friday 10th-Sunday 12th February 2017. These dates coincide with two of Western Australia’s largest Arts festivals: The Perth Fringe Festival and Perth International Arts Festival.

The conference theme focuses on the ‘grassroots’ establishment and growth of the Arts industry in Western Australia, including the interactive relationship between the Arts, community and the mining sector in the State. We will explore the development of new drama works, and evolution of arts education across the nation, impacted by our unique physical, cultural and economic background. The conference will also delve into our past in an attempt to return to our roots, remember our history and ‘unearth’ the foundation of a thriving and evolving Arts, and Arts education, landscape.

The Conference will have something to offer to all Drama educators, from primary and secondary teachers, to academics and researchers. The event will offer a dynamic program, including workshops, papers, panel discussions and informal ‘coffee mornings’ with leaders and innovators in our field. The Conference will take place across multiple venues in the Perth CBD, and provide delegates with an opportunity to truly engage with our vibrant city. 

New Ground Rising is shaping up to be an exciting and lively event, incorporating presentations from national, and global, practitioners.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Symposium Details
Friday 10th February 2017 – Welcome event & first keynote (optional extra)
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th February 2017 – Conference
Saturday 11th February 2017 – Rooftop sundowner event (Optional Extra) 
Perth CBD, Western Australia 
Presented in partnership with DramaWest
Venue Partners: St George’s Anglican Grammar School, and others to be confirmed

Tickets for this event can be purchased via the link below:

Program with workshop descriptions can now be viewed HERE!
Further Questions
Any questions? Please email Drama Australia Conference Co-Conveners, the DramaWest committee info@dramawest.com


Primary Drama Teachers' Morning Tea

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 10am - 12 noon.

Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley

(off Central Avenue, park in Car Park 6).

This morning tea has been designed to assist specialist and generalist primary school teachers to…

  • Engage in discussion regarding the implementation of Drama according to the Western Australian Curriculum – the Arts (SCSA)

  • Gain information regarding Western Australian reporting requirements from SCSA consultant, Sven Sorenson

  • Speak with DramaWest representatives (teachers) in order to ask questions and request ideas for drama; warm-ups, Strategies, skills, programming and/or cross curricular approach to drama (Inquiry Learning)

  • Network with other teachers.  

If you are in a remote WA location, we would still love for you to join us on-line via a video conferencing weblink we will provide. Simply send us an email and we’ll give you all of the details you will need! 

We hope that you will be able to join us in this non-for-profit project.

Register here:



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