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Professional Development

Throughout the year, Tantrum’s professional theatre makers and teaching artists run workshops for teachers, teaching artists, facilitators, and tutors and practitioners.

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Past Workshops

Term 2: Devising with Physical Theatre With Adam Deusien from Lingua Franca Theatre



In this highly practical workshop, Adam will introduce you to physical theatre methodologies, and how you can apply these to the devising process. This workshop is designed for teachers, facilitators and artists from diverse performance disciplines, such as theatre, dance, acrobatic, and general movement. Participants will explore different approaches to using their bodies as instruments for storytelling, and will be able to pass on this knowledge with confidence to the classroom or rehearsal room. 

Adam has over 15 years’ experience creating and touring physical theatre work with his award-winning company Lingua Franca Theatre. Hear about Adam’s approach to the first steps of play building through movement, and connect with other local teachers/facilitators/artists through this hands-on, experimental session. 


Event Information

Price: $75 Student/Concession/Under 30 | $125 Full Price

Date: Saturday 1 June

Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm

Where: Tantrum Studio – 101 City Rd, Merewether (access and parking via Allworth St)

Wear: Comfortable clothes you can move in

Bring: Water bottle, lunch


Facilitator: Adam Deusien

Adam is a director and creative producer with over 15 years’ experience in creating original narrative driven performance, adaptations of canonical texts and contemporary performance, in Bathurst, regional NSW. He is a graduate of Charles Sturt University BA – Communication: Theatre/Media and MA – Directing for the Stage, and in 2018 graduated with distinction as part of NIDA’s inaugural cohort of the MFA – Cultural Leadership.

Adam is Artistic Director of Lingua Franca, working extensively with Local Stages, Bathurst’s Performing Arts Development Program, as a director, producer and dramaturg, presenting work in regional Australia, nationally and internationally. He has directed numerous works with the company including Right Behind You, Unsustainable Behaviour and Mighty. As a freelance artist, Adam has adapted and directed Lysistrata, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women and The Fox (CYCLE Productions) as well as working as assistant/rehearsal director for companies Ensemble Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Stalker Theatre and Siren Theatre Co.

In recognition of his work in regional Australia, in 2016 Adam was awarded the CreateNSW Regional Arts Fellowship, and in 2017 continued this work as Artistic Associate with the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. In 2018 he was appointed Artistic Director/Director of the Arts Program for Artstate, New South Wales regional arts festival and conference. In 2019 he was the recipient of a Sandra Bates Director’s Award with Ensemble Theatre. From 2019-23 he worked in programming roles with Events ACT and Canberra Theatre Centre as Manager of New Work. He has since has returned to freelance making practice in the Hunter Region, including directing acclaimed Spewy by Ang Collins for New Annual 2023.

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