It is with regret we announce that due to unforeseen circumstances, the IDEA President Series (originally scheduled for Feb. 5-6) will be cancelled.

We sincerely apologize for the sudden notice, and hope that you will continue to keep an eye on our future events! Thank you for your support thus far, and we hope to continue seeing you later in other events that we'll be holding later on this year.

 IDEA President Series

(International Drama/Theatre and Education Association)

【Seminar】 Exploring Potential: Drama Education Emerging in Chinese Contexts

Date: 5th February, 2020 (Wed)
Time: 1930-2130
Venue: TEFO Open Space @ Tai Po Arts Centre, Rm. 306
Language: English
Target: General public who are interested in Drama Education
Ticket price: $30

Robin has spent five years working with drama teachers in China. Drama education is practice predominantly developed from the West, and the East has been trying to adopt its pedagogy into their education system and cultural context. Having experience in training drama teachers in both the East and West, Robin will share how he observed Chinese drama education communities adapt the principles of drama education to fit its unique cultural context. He will also share how the application in China enriches his reflection on the practice of drama education, as well as comparing this experience to what he has seen in other cultural contexts while teaching abroad.

After sharing, Robin will then lead a discussion about drama/theatre education and drama/theatre teacher education. He encourages participants to share their experiences and perspectives in response to his experiences internationally and in Australia.

【Workshop】 How Do We Teach Drama? The Tools and Principles of Teaching a Drama Class

Date: 6th February, 2020 (Thurs)
Time: 1930-2230
Venue: TEFO Open Space @ Tai Po Arts Centre, Rm. 306
Target: Drama teachers, Drama Education practitioners, trainers of Drama teachers, or anyone who are interested in advancing their understanding of drama education
Language: English
Ticket price: $350 (If you register for this workshop, you can also attend the seminar for free)

How could and should we, as a drama education community, respond to the emerging needs for drama teachers in Chinese contexts?

In this workshop, Robin will lead a Process Drama based on a traditional story to model drama teaching and learning strategies. Interwoven with the experience of the Process Drama will be examples of images, videos and discussion.

This will be a practical experience of Process Drama with commentary on approaches and principles to teaching drama in response to the following ideas:

1) What to teach – what the curriculum says is "important learning"
2) How to teach – strategies to teach the content
3) Why teach – reasons why this is important learning

For more about the principles of Drama Teacher Education from Learning Drama Teaching Drama Hannah Pascoe and Robin Pascoe, StagePage:

IDEA President – Robin Pascoe

Robin Pascoe has recently retired as Senior Lecturer in Arts and Drama Education, in the College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. He is President of IDEA, the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (2013-2020 and a member of the Presidential Council of the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE). He was formerly President of Drama Australia and board member of National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE). In a career with the Department of Education, Western Australia, he held policy and curriculum roles. His curriculum writing included contributions to the National Arts Statement and Profiles (1994), the Western Australian Curriculum Framework (1998) and the Australian Curriculum: The Arts (2014). He was co-director of the National Review of School Music Education (2005) and team member of the National Review of Visual Education (2006).

Robin was the chair of the steering committee for the transition of John Curtin College of the Arts and served as Chair of the College Council from 2002-2016. His research interests focus on drama teacher education, arts education; applied aesthetic understanding, creativity, imagination, story and play. He is currently researching making judgments about the effectiveness of arts education in schools as well the education of students with identified gifts and talents in the arts.

Recent publications include: Drama and Theatre: Key Terms and Concepts (3rd Edition), 2014, co-authored with Hannah Pascoe. Perth. Learning Drama/Teaching Drama (2019). Drama Education in the Global Context, in The Palgrave Handbook of Global Arts Education (2017).