This year’s Drama NZ conference is being held at Sacred Heart College, Tamaki Makaurau from the 16th to the 19th of April 2021. The theme is Arts at the Heart, chosen to reflect “the importance of how the Arts, in all its different facets, is helping us navigate this new normal.” The conference is always…

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When we think about teaching in role, or putting participants in role it can be easy to assume that must be done in ‘full role’ – where the person in role moves, walks, talks and responds exactly like someone would in real life. However, that’s only one option. Dorothy Heathcote suggested 33 different ways of…

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New Zealand colleagues may be interested in this event on 13th March. It’s scheduled for UK time but available internationally. Worth staying up all night for…! Here’s the blurb from the UK site. More details at THIS LINK Designed for an international audience this event will provide attendees with practical and imaginative ideas to use…

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In 2021 we are continuing and expanding our free cluster meetings. These are informal gatherings, usually over afternoon tea, where teachers share stories of success and challenge, develop plans and resources, and take away practical ideas to try in their classroom. If you’re someone who already uses Dramatic Inquiry (Dramatic play, process drama, drama for…

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Juliet Cottrell has been in touch with information about this workshop for primary / intermediate teachers in Hawke’s Bay. Juliet is an experienced drama practitioner with great skills in using classroom drama for supporting literacy and other curriculum areas. This is definitely recommended.

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After many years of informal networking, and more than a year of careful planning, I’m excited to announce that a group of colleagues from around Aotearoa has formed a Charitable Trust dedicated to supporting the future of Dramatic Inquiry in this country. The Dramatic Inquiry Network Aotearoa Trust is a holding name. We intend to…

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Thanks to the editors for permission to share this article: Real Learning in Imagined Worlds: Supporting Literacy Learning with Dramatic Inquiry, recently published in Literacy Forum: the journal of the New Zealand Literacy Association. Here’s a link to their website where you can find out more about this publication and the work of the Association.…

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Here’s an exciting professional development opportunity coming up in the new year. On Tuesday 26th January, join Sue Bleaken and Viv Aitken in Hamilton to explore how process drama can be used to teach principles of restorative practice. The one-day workshop is based on Sue’s successful school-wide programme at Melville Intermediate, which ran for several…

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The Centre for Arts and Social Transformation is hosting a free public lecture, Te Rito Toi: The Twice Born Seed on the role and place of the arts in education. The lecture will be held at the University of Auckland on November 4th from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.The lecture will open with the findings of a 3 year…

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