It was a profound experience for me and I feel like I've grown so much as an actor!
Will, 16Wagga Wagga
Lab Kelpie is a theatre company dedicated to the production of new work by Australian playwrights, rapidly developing an impressive reputation in the independent Australian theatre scene with multiple national tours, several awards – and even our own publishing division.
Our brand new Lab Kelpie Education arm aims to make Australian voices in professional theatre accessible to schools, ensuring top quality scripts, resources, incursions and opportunities are available for you and your students.
We want to help students get the most out of their theatre experiences, as well as make meaningful connections between our work and their studies. We are delighted to offer:
Workshops in playwriting, devising, and performance skills
Access to rehearsals, Q&As, and other behind-the-scenes activities
Comprehensive Teachers’ Resources for all of our productions
Heavily reduced ticket prices on school groups
Lab Kelpie Education’s award-winning team includes director and actor Lyall Brooks, playwright and education specialist Katy Warner, and renowned commedia performer and workshop facilitator Rosa Campagnaro.
I loved discovering all these monologues I'd never heard of before - and now I have a bunch of new plays to read!
Available or Upcoming Opportunities
TEACHERS' PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Directing The School Production
Presented by Lab Kelpie in association with Arts Centre Melbourne and Drama Victoria
10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Monday 23 March 2020 The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne
So you’ve been put in charge of the school production… AAARGH! This is often a massive job that requires mountains of both creative and logistical ability – and an entirely different set of skills to what’s required to coordinate and control a classroom. In this workshop the team from Lab Kelpie will equip you with invaluable tools and techniques to manage the show from planning through to production.
Whether you’re fresh to directing or an old hand, a new or experienced teacher, leading the school production voluntarily or just because you drew the short straw, there’s plenty in this workshop to help turn that “aargh!” into an “a-ha!” – and help your next experience be both creatively satisfying and practically manageable.
Drama Victoria Members: $192.50 Non-Members: $258.50 Pre-Service/Unwaged: $110
Delve into the world of political theatre with A Prudent Man, an engaging and relevant solo performance that satirically explores Australian politics and the alt-right A rich piece for analysis and evaluation, students have the opportunity to further extend their understanding of performance skills, styles and conventions with an extended “Playing The Villain” workshop with actor Lyall Brooks.
Perfect for Years 9 – 12 students of Drama, Theatre Studies and English, the work is also a valuable study tool for Australian History, Politics and Sociology, and for the Critical & Creative Thinking, Ethical and Personal & Social Capabilities.
Is your class in need of a healthy shake up? Are you after some inspiration and fresh provocations for your students? Are you looking for an expert incursion to demonstrate and support your curriculum?
Lab Kelpie Education is experienced in delivering tailored workshops, masterclasses and even motivational speaking sessions – covering Drama and TheatreStudies, English, and The Capabilities – across all year levels.
Our professional team and some of their specialist offerings include:
KATY WARNER: An award-winning playwright, YA novelist and qualified teacher, Katy has a wealth of experience delivering a range of Theatre and Fiction Writing classes, DramaandDirecting workshops, and is an accomplished writer of Education Resources across all age groups.
LYALL BROOKS: Lyall is a multi award-winning actor, director and teaching artist, acclaimed across Australia for delivering Monologue masterclasses and both Character Development and Playbuilding workshops to secondary students and adults alike. He is also an experienced Education Resources writer, and Professional Development facilitator for teachers.
SHARON DAVIS: An accomplished VCA-trained actor and director, Lab Kelpie Literary Manager Sharon has extensive experience in developing Dramaturgy, Shakespeareand Sceneworkskills for upper primary and all secondary students. Sharon also provides Professional Development opportunites for teachers.
FIONA HARRIS: Fiona is an award-winning comedian, writer and actor with a wealth of experience delivering Imagination and Storybook Writing workshops for primary students, Comedy and Sketch Writing classes for secondary schools, and Motivational Speeches across all ages – including staff rooms! Fiona is also an acclaimed writer and/or director of primary and lower secondary School Productions.
LAUREN BENNETT: Our Lab Kelpie Associate Producer, Lauren’s teaching forte lies with the littlies – Dramaand Playbuilding for primary students, especially those valuable long-term or weekly visits.
The following scripts have been printed through our publishing arm, Lab Kelpie Press, and are available now. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries, special school prices or more information.