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Teacher Professional Development

TPD Day: Devising Playbook

Students are usually great at coming up with ideas, but not so great at moving from talking about their idea to ENACTING it! How can we motivate them to jump up and just get going? 

In this full-day TPD, Tantrum will unpack different methods of devising for your teaching toolbelt: your students will be up, moving, and making shapes in no time. You’ll have the opportunity to explore different methods of beginning the creative process, using stock characters as building blocks, and some of the ways in which movement and text can be used to drive story. 

The day will be led by Tantrum artists Nel Kentish and Lucy Shepherd who will give their unique insight into their own devising processes. 

The Devising Playbook workshop runs from 10AM-4PM on Saturday 12 November at our studio in Merewether.

The cost of the workshop is $200.

For more information, please email us at info@tantrum.org.au.


About Nel Kentish

Nel (Penelope) Kentish is a theatre maker and teaching artist. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication – Theatre/Media) and a Master of Arts Practice (Performance) from Charles Sturt University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development Practice from University of Melbourne.

Nel’s work with Newcastle-based performance company Big One Little One has toured to countless festivals across the country, been nominated for a Green Room Award (Blind Date, 2012), and in 2013 won the Best Live Art award at Melbourne Fringe Festival for their immersive, one-minute show Confetti.

She has worked as a director and workshop facilitator in theatre for young people in Bathurst, Sydney, Newcastle, Melbourne, Ballarat, and in Southern New Jersey, USA.

About Lucy Shepherd

Lucy Shepherd is a theatre maker, performer, director, dramaturg, producer and arts educator. She is the former Artistic Director of Tantrum Youth Arts Newcastle and co-founder of contemporary performance collective, Paper Cut.

Lucy holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Macquarie University, 2006) and Honours in Theatre and Performance Studies (UNSW, 2009). In 2018 Lucy was selected to train with internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly in their Summer School Program in London.

In her role with Tantrum and Paper Cut Lucy collaboratively devised, performed, directed and staged various outdoor site-specific theatre productions, and produced a diverse range of projects for young people and emerging artists in the Newcastle community.

Lucy was formerly a sessional academic with the University of Newcastle, teaching in Creative and Performing Arts for the Creative Industries faculty.

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101 City Rd, Merewether NSW Australia
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