Using Museum Theatre

by Jo Henwood, hosted at Q Station

This workshop was part of the term 1 professional development day for MAEd New (Museums Australia Education NSW) held at Q Station on Monday 9 March 2015 on “Using Museum Theatre in Museum Education”.

Using Museum Theatre 1 Julie Regalado (Q Station) Welcome to Q Station

Julie Regalado (Q Station) welcomes to the Q Station. She gives a brief overview of the history and purpose of the site before the workshops begin.

Using Museum Theatre 2 Jo Henwood (MAEd New) Introduction

Using Museum Theatre 3 Lyn Beasley (Consultant) Creating drama

Lyn Beasley (Education Consultant) draws on her experience as former president of IMTALAP (International Museum Theatre Alliance: Asia Pacific) and coordinator of the Come Alive festival at the National Museum of Australia to show how to facilitate students in the creation of drama productions in heritage sites.

Using Museum Theatre 4 Will Jones (Marine Discovery Centre) Using games

Will Jones (Marine Discovery Centre) demonstrated the use of games as educational activities which can alter behaviour. Will used time-change “telescopes”, a fishing game, plastic game and others to engage participation and communicate message.

Using Museum Theatre 5 Naomi McCarthy (Penrith Regional Gallery) Demonstrating art

Naomi McCarthy (Penrith Regional Gallery) leads participants through activities that explore the expressive capabilities of line on paper.

Using Museum Theatre 6 Ashleigh Harrington (Australian Museum) Demonstrating science

Ashleigh Harrington (Australian Museum) demonstrates methods of communicating science through demonstrations, participation, gallery treasure hunts, group role plays and problem solving.

Using Museum Theatre 7 Roslyn Hull (National Capital Authority) Using role play

Roslyn Hull (National Capital Authority) explores the yin and yang of role play by having groups demonstrate some common situations.

Using Museum Theatre 8 Julie Regalado (Q Station) Brain Dance

Julie Regalado (Q Station) introduces a ‘Brain Dance’ as a series of physical activities which can be used to get students to change gear mentally.

Using Museum Theatre 9 Jo Henwood (Consultant) Using historic dance

Jo Henwood (Education Consultant) showcases the use of historical dance in education programs by teaching the ‘One Step’, a dance popular at the time of the influenza epidemic of 1919.

Using Museum Theatre 10 Julie Regalado (Q Station) Using dance

Julie Regalado (Q Station) shows us how to use particular actions as signifiers of character. How to connect those actions and expressions with other characters to create a meaningful interaction and from that draw out a narrative of the situation being expressed.

Naomi McCarthy

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