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”.
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.
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.
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.
Naomi McCarthy (Penrith Regional Gallery) leads participants through activities that explore the expressive capabilities of line on paper.
Ashleigh Harrington (Australian Museum) demonstrates methods of communicating science through demonstrations, participation, gallery treasure hunts, group role plays and problem solving.
Roslyn Hull (National Capital Authority) explores the yin and yang of role play by having groups demonstrate some common situations.
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.
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.
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.