committee of management



committee of management

The Drama Victoria Committee of Management is drawn from a range of broadly experienced and highly skilled members.

The Committee of Management is the governing body elected from and by the Drama Victoria membership. They meet monthly to oversee the strategy and management of the organisation and each hold an individual role or portfolio.

 

 

The Committee of Management is the governing body elected from and by the Drama Victoria membership. They meet monthly to oversee the strategy and management of the organisation and each hold an individual role or portfolio.

2017 Committee of Management

President - Nina Rossini (Reservoir High)

The President provides leadership to the Committee of Management and is the official Chair of meetings.

Nina Rossini started teaching at Reservoir High in 1987 upon returning from studying Direction at the Academy of Drama Arts in Rome and working in children’s theatre there for many years. She also set up a bilingual acting studio in Rome for young adults interested in performing plays in both English and Italian. The year after commencing her teaching at Reservoir High, she introduced the teaching of Drama and Theatre Studies. She was the Performing Arts Co-ordinator, whilst continuing to direct the school production. Many of the shows have been co-written with her students. She values the creative process and believes that the journey in creating a piece of theatre is just as rewarding and valuable as the final product. She has been an advocate for the teaching of Performing Arts since she graduated from Melbourne University and has been one of the pioneers in introducing the teaching of Drama in the secondary school curriculum in Victoria. Drama Victoria, of which she is currently Vice President, considers her one of the “Legends” in the field of Drama Education. She is also a very experienced assessor for both Drama and Theatre Studies written and performance exams.

Co-Vice President /VCE Theatre Studies Manager- Trent Bockman (Mentone Girls Grammar)

The Vice President acts in the President role when required and oversees the organisation's advocacy activities.

The VCE Theatre Studies Manager oversees support given to members teaching VCE Theatre Studies

Trent has been teaching in the South-Eastern suburbs for over 10 years, fulfilling numerous roles in state, catholic and independent schools. In that time, he created and implemented Drama curriculum across all year levels including VCE Theatre Studies and a High Achiever Program, and is also a VCAA assessor. Trent brings to Drama Victoria an acute knowledge and understanding of teaching in challenging environments with challenging students. Having spent the last decade directing/musically directing and performing in amateur theatre across Victoria with multiple awards to his name, he knows what it takes to create a positive culture of Performing Arts. With that knowledge, Trent sees his role at Drama Victoria as one to support teachers in whatever way possible, giving back to a community that has given so much to him.

Co-Vice President / VCE Theatre Studies Manager - Lauren Zeigler (Cornish College)

Lauren Zeigler is a Drama, Theatre and English teacher who has taught in the public, private and independent sector for many years. She currently runs the drama department at Cornish College and teaches Drama from 3 year old kinder to year 12. Lauren's professional interests in Drama include masks and mask making, the exploration of sustainable theatre practices and is fascinated by the notion that Theatre can have the power to create change, whether it be for a fleeting moment with one person or a permanent mindset with a group of people. Being a part of a drama group for people with disabilities, a Middle Year's coordinator and director has all helped to shape her practice in and out of the classroom. She has been on various committees past and present including being a member of the Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee for the city of Kingston and Drama Victoria. She has also presented at conferences including Drama Victoria.

Secretary - Tony Walker (Heatherwood School)

The Secretary maintains the minutes of Committee of Management meetings and ensures due process is being followed.

Tony has been a teacher of Drama since 1981. He has taught in private and government schools throughout Melbourne including several years in the Principal class. He has been, for many years, a specialist teacher of Drama in “special” schools. He brings a unique perspective to the agendas of Drama Victoria’s Committee of Management. His experience in a wide variety of contexts and purposes in Drama education ensures that he can appreciate the issues and concerns of the broadest possible range of his professional colleagues. His years in school administration give him a useful perspective on how our work is perceived (and misunderstood) by our Principals and leaders. For the last three years, it has been Tony’s privilege to serve on the Committee of Management as Secretary.

Drama Australia Liaison Officer (DALO) - Eli Erez (Bialik College)

The DALO is the official link between Drama Victoria and our national equivalent, Drama Australia

Eli Erez is the Head of Drama at Bialik College and has been on the Drama Victoria committee for the past 10 years. Eli has worked in various roles for the VCAA in curriculum development, and assessing. For the past five years Eli has run the Theatre Studies Monologue workshops at the Melbourne Theatre Company. He has also taught Drama at various institutions including St. Martins Theatre, Jaanz Studios, The Victorian Children’s Theatre, Saltpillar Theatre and Bialik College. Eli has developed numerous Drama resources, including education notes for various Melbourne International Arts Festival productions as well as independent productions such as Noises Off and Jersey Boys. Eli has also worked professionally as a director, writer, set designer, performer, and puppeteer.

Co-Director of Conference/Treasurer - Andrew Byrne (Braybrook College)

The Director of Conference oversees the concept, programming and strategy of the annual State Conference and Jumpstart mini-conference

Andrew grew up in the amateur theatre scene in Brisbane and was lucky to attend a school that offered a rich performing arts program. The fire was lit! Andrew was accepted into, and began, a BA Dance at QUT. Deciding to defer his studies, he began performing at Brisbane’s iconic Crazies Comedy Restaurant dipping his toes in the comedy scene. Life set him off on many different paths; most of them away from the Arts, but the love never went away. Landing in rural Victoria and back in the amateur scene, he directed a production of Oliver! and discovered what many had been saying for years – teaching is where he should be. Andrew began his teaching career 4 years ago at Braybrook College, where he has begun to develop a rich drama and dance program, endeavouring to offer his students opportunities and experiences they may never have been exposed to. He has a personal passion for including indigenous and Australian works within the drama classroom. He has been a proud member of the Drama Victoria Committee of Management for the past two years as Membership Manager. Andrew was extremely honoured to be awarded the 2015 Rob Galbraith Award for Outstanding Contribution to Drama by a Beginning Teacher.

Co-Director of Conference/Community Engagement Manager - Meg Upton

The Director of Conference oversees the concept, programming and strategy of the annual State Conference and Jumpstart mini-conference

The Community Engagement Manager oversees the inclusion of regional, specialist and low SES schools within the Drama Victoria program

Meg Upton has been involved in arts education for 30 years, initially, as a secondary school drama and dance teacher and since then as an arts education consultant, researcher, teaching artist, lecturer and curriculum and resource writer. From 2000 to 2008 she managed the education program at the Playbox Theatre Company/Malthouse Theatre. Since 2009, she has been a curriculum consultant, researcher and teaching artist with the Melbourne Theatre Company. She recently graduated with her PhD from the University of Melbourne. Her thesis explored developing effective pedagogies for teaching theatre and play analysis in senior secondary drama. She recently commenced a post-doctoral research assistant role on the ARC Linkage project Creative Convergence with the University of Melbourne. Working with eight key arts organisations from around Victoria, the project investigates the impact and sustainability of theatre for young people in the regions. She also recently joined the team at Australian Plays.Org a their education curator. She is an experienced vCE Drama and Theatre Studies assessor and has also worked with the VCAA on curriculum review and on the VCE Playlist panel. Meg is currently the Chair of the Theatre Companies Panel for the Green Room Association Awards and works with RAWCUS, a theatre company for people with and without disabilities. Meg is a long-time member of Drama Victoria, has previously served on the Drama Australia Board as Director of Special Projects (2013-2016) and ha been a member of the Drama Victoria Committee of Management on two previous occasions taking the roles of Secretary, DALO and Mentoring.

Community Engagement Manager - Suzi Cordell (Regional Arts Victoria)

The Community Engagement Manager oversees the inclusion of regional, specialist and low SES schools within the Drama Victoria program

Suzi is Regional Arts Victoria's Education & Families Manager. She has a passion for providing high quality arts experiences and inspiring young people. Suzi curates an arts and education program which tours to young people across Victoria each year. She has a broad background working in the arts, specialising in theatre, and arts in education. She has worked with many theatre companies, including Ilbijerri Theatre, The Old Van Theatre, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Melbourne Workers Theatre, and Chamber Made Opera. Suzi has experience as an arts specialist and worked with a broad range of schools and communities across Victoria and Northern Territory.

VCE Drama Manager - Nick Waxman (Eltham College)

The VCE Drama Manager oversees support given to members teaching VCE Drama

Nick is the Coordinator of Creative and Performing Arts at Eltham College, where he oversees the development of performing arts curriculum from prep-VCE, in line with VicCurric and VCE utilizing backwards design (UbD). He is a Member of Eltham College’s ‘Philanthropy Project Steering Committee’, ‘Curriculum Committee’, and ‘Think Tank’. He is the Creative director of Eltham productions, and he has VCE Assessor experience. In 2016 he was presented the ‘Best Director’ award by the Victorian Drama League for his work on Harvey. Nick has written and presented works appearing on the VCE Theatre Studies Playlist and been the ICT Coordinator at Holy Child Primary in Dallas. He was Awarded Graduate Teacher of the Year by Hume City Council and Nominated four times for ASG’s Excellence in Teaching. He maintains a working relationship with Melbourne Theatre Company, Regional Arts Victoria, VCAA, NIDA, and Federation University.

Victorian Curriculum Manager - Grant Durham (Malvern Central Primary School)

The Victorian Curriculum Manager oversees support to members teaching Foundation - Year 10

Grant Durham is a Music Theatre graduate of WAAPA in 2001 and has worked as a professional actor touring nationally and internationally in productions of “Hair”, “Mamma Mia”, “Guys and Dolls” and “A Comedy of Errors”, as well as guest roles in various film and TV series. Grant has worked in Secondary and Primary Drama and ha presented workshops at state and national conferences. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Rob Galbraith Award for his work at strengthening the Arts Program at Brighton Primary School. Grant is currently with the Committee of Management a the Victorian Curriculum manager and as the Assistant Principal of Malvern Central School, would love to continue his association with the Committee and Drama Victoria to keep promoting Primary Drama in schools.

Resourcing Manager - Rosa Campagnaro (Make a Scene)

The Resourcing Manager oversees the gathering and collation of quality resources for social media, website, Mask and the Drama Victoria library

Rosa is the founder and director of Make A Scene, which has been delivering her unique brand of theatre, performance technique, and training to schools, educators, and theatre professionals since 2004. Rosa’s physical theatre training includes Jacques Lecoq Technique with Norman Taylor (Movement Theatre Studio, New York), Commedia dell’Arte with Venezia InScena (Venice, Italy) and with commedia Master, Antonio Fava. Rosa completed the Uta Hagen Teacher Training (HB Studio, New York) and trained with Master voice coach, Patsy Rodenburg (Michael Howard Studios New York) as well as gaining her teaching degree from Deakin University. She regularly conducts Commedia dell’Arte Workshops in schools and for theatre educators, independently and through Drama Victoria, La Mama Learning, CoAsIt Melbourne and Deakin University. Rosa has created and directed original Commedia dell’Arte shows for Make A Scene including: ‘Venice in Love’, which have been touring schools in Victoria and nationally for the past seven years. Rosa has also directed for the Short and Sweet Festival, produced the Green Room Award winning musical, Vaudeville X (created by Michael Dalley), and was Production Assistant on the original Tony Award winning musical, Avenue Q (The Vineyard Theatre, New York). Her performance credits include: ‘Le Beatrici’ (Directed by Laurence Strangio) and a collaboration with Margherita Peluso on a grotesque bouffon satire, ‘The Devil Wears Pashmina and You?’ Elf Teatro, (Milan, Italy). Rosa loves creating, directing, performing and teaching commedia and most recently translated and published (through Currency Press), Goldoni’s classic, ‘The Servant of Two Masters’. This project unleashed all of Rosa’s experience and skills - juggling the roles of writer/translator, director, and producer.

Drama Victoria Theatre Festival - Rachel Forgasz (PhD) (Monash University

Co-ordinates the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival - a drama program for Year 9-10 students, sponsored by Monash University

Rachel Forgasz is a teacher educator and researcher at Monash University where she is also a Fellow of the Monash Education Academy. Rachel teaches in the undergraduate and postgraduate secondary teacher education programs; she is the Drama method specialist (secondary). All of her research focuses on the pedagogy of teacher education. In particular, she researches and writes about practicum mentoring, embodied pedagogies, the emotions of teaching, and teacher professional learning about teaching Indigenous content. In her teaching and her research, Rachel promotes the use of drama as a powerful pedagogy for social justice, empathy building, and embodied understanding.