Teaching Team Information


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and resulting factors beyond our control, Drama Victoria regrets to advise that the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival will not run in 2021.




This immersive professional learning opportunity is only available to Drama Victoria members.


What is the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival?

The Drama Victoria Theatre Festival is a performance making festival for Year 9 and 10 students from schools across metropolitan & regional Victoria. Participating students take part in 4 key festival phases (Preliminary Inquiry, Stimulus Day, Devising Process, and Performance Season), each of which contributes to the educational, artistic & community building outcomes of the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival


What is the time commitment?

The exciting Teaching Team program will run from February until June 2020. The key dates for the festival are:


Teaching Team - Introduction to Aesthetic Education Workshop: 4th FEBRUARY (4:30PM – 7:30PM)

Aesthetic Education is a teaching practise modelled on Maxine Greene's work, in which students create their own work in response to a professional work of art. This introduction will begin with an experiential lesson modelling Aesthetic Education followed by a discussion on the pedagogy and theory of Aesthetic Education. During this session, we will share the Stimulus work of art that will be used for this year's festival.


Teaching Team - Planning for Stimulus Day: 20th FEBRUARY (10AM – 4:30PM)

Following on from our introductory session, this will be a day to put your own learning into practise and co-plan the two Aesthetic Education workshops that we will be leading during the Stimulus Days. These workshops will be in response to the Stimulus work of art.


Jumpstart - Participating Schools Teacher Professional Learning Workshop: 22nd FEBRUARY (time TBA)

This session will include a hands-on Aesthetic Education workshop for all participating teachers, which will be followed by a discussion of the theory behind this teaching practise and a rundown of you and your students' participation in the festival.


Teaching Team - Mock Stimulus Day: 23 FEBRUARY (10AM – 4:30PM)

A chance for us to lead our two Aesthetic Education workshops and make any necessary tweaks before Stimulus Days begin.



Stimulus Day: 24 FEBRUARY – 28 FEBRUARY

Each Stimulus Day day bring together students from 5 – 6 participating schools across multiple university campuses. The teaching team work with schools to reveal the festival stimulus material and to explore the stimulus through a range of performance-making techniques & processes. 



Performance Season: 25 MAY – 29 MAY (TBC)

Clusters of participating schools gather at a host school for a rehearsal day and performance evening where they share their performance work with each other and family and friends. A panel of artists and educators provides feedback on each performance as part of the evening, which has a celebratory (rather than competitive) and community-building focus. The teaching team are invited but it is not a requirement to attend.


What is the role of the Drama Victoria Theatre Festival Teaching Team?

The Teaching Team members work closely with the Creative Director to learn about the principles and processes of Aesthetic Education so that they can contribute to the design and delivery of Stimulus Day Workshops for students and curriculum packages for teachers. Supporting positive and engaging drama teaching practice throughout Victoria.


Specifically, the Teaching Team will:

  • Attend an exclusive evening PL, ‘Introduction to Aesthetic Education.’
  • Contribute to Aesthetic Education aligned curriculum materials and resources
  • Attend a 1 - 2 day PL, ‘An Aesthetic Education Approach to Designing & Facilitating Stimulus Day Workshops.’ 
  • Facilitate Stimulus Day Workshops for school students. (2 per day for up to 6 days)
  • Be able to join the feedback panel for one or more Performance Nights. (optional)


As part of the Teaching Team, you will develop your professional knowledge in relation to:

  • the principles and practices of Aesthetic Education;
  • workshop planning processes;
  • delivering performance-making workshops for young people;
  • differentiating learning to accommodate diversity in students’ backgrounds, learning styles and levels of experience; and
  • managing the expectations and meeting the needs of diverse school cultures.


Who will you teach?

Secondary students (mostly year 9 & 10) from up 25+ schools across Victoria


Where are the Stimulus Days held?

Multiple university campuses across Melbourne & regional Victoria


Is the position paid or unpaid?

These are unpaid volunteer positions open to members of the Drama Victoria community. In return for their generosity the Teaching Team members will be given professional mentoring and a range of immersive professional learning opportunities. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. 


What are the selection criteria?

  • Significant experience teaching Drama/Theatre to young people (you must have a current Working With Children Check)
  • Experience working collaboratively on large creative projects
  • Adaptability and ability to respond to changing situations
  • Great team player who is happy to jump in and help out a colleague
  • Strong sense of autonomy and initiative
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Personable “can-do” attitude and sense of humour
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Interest in learning about new styles of drama pedagogy and their applications


Are there any other requirements?

  • You must be a current member of Drama Victoria
  • You must have a current Working With Children Check


What is the application procedure?

Please fill out this application survey



If you have any further questions please email festival@dramavictoria.vic.edu.au


What is the application closing date?

16th of December, 2019


Who will you get to work with?

Krystalla Pearce (Creative Director, Drama Victoria Theatre Festival) is an Australian theatre maker and teaching artist. She has recently returned from six years based in New York City where she trained at Lincoln Center, an internationally renowned performing arts and arts education institution. Her training is specifically in aesthetic education and experiential learning following the teachings of Lincoln Center’s philosopher-in-residence and renowned public thinker, the late Maxine Greene. As an artist, Krystalla is the co-founder of experimental theatre group Rat King Theatre. Her work has been presented in New York, Mexico, Greece and Australia.