Professional Development Seminar JUNE

June professional development

(Including the Dulcie Lenton Memorial Lecture!!!)
Masonic Club, 169 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

12 – 13 JUNE 2016

How to Pay
Two Day Rates: Members $195; Non Members $240;
Concession $160; Students $100
Daily Rates: Members $110; Non Members $130;
Concession: $85; Students $60

Concession Rate available for Pensioners/Seniors with ID

National Australia Bank, Rockdale Branch BSB 082342 Account No. 516265894.
(It would be appreciated if Direct deposits are completed by 5 pm Thursday 9 June, ensuring your surname is recorded on electronic deposit and advise Sari of deposit date:
[email protected])
Cash or Cheques accepted at the door


Program Sunday 12 June
9.30 – 9.50 Registration and Morning Tea

9.50 – 10.00 Welcome and outline of the day

10.00 – 11.30` FELICITY JURD
Felicity Jurd is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York (1997 – 1999) and also studied at LAMDA in London (2008) and atyp in Sydney (1985 – 1994) where she won a scholarship for her acting.
She is best known for her play ‘I May Fly’ which spans the 75 year career of radio, theatre & television actress May Pusey where she played May from age 4 to age 80. It toured Sydney, New York and London and received outstanding critical reviews for her performance. The play has also been performed by two other actresses in Brisbane (2007), Sydney (2008) & Adelaide (2008) and Minnesota Festival(2010) where the play was given outstanding reviews for its writing. May is also her grandmother and was her teacher for many years in Shakespeare, poetry, prose acting and the spoken word.

The Stage London applauded her physical portrayal of all the ages of the character, whilst Time Out London noted her vocal ability for accents and comic timing.

She has also appeared in numerous theatre productions including the lead role of Trisha in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Darlinghurst Theatre), The Vegemite Tales (London, West End), Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (London), Chambres (Belvoir St Downstairs) and was nominated for a Best Actress award for her portrayal of Eve in Paradise for Short & Sweet Finals at the Seymour Centre (2005).

She has worked extensively in voice overs for clients in commercials, corporate, documentaries, post production ADR & looping for film and television. She has also worked in narration including work for ABC Radio (Mediawatch, Cyclone Tracey, Alphabeticals) and BBC London (Reading the Booker Prize winning novel; The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton), and over recorded over 30 times for Oxford & Cambridge University Press.

Felicity is on staff at Actors Centre Australia, International Screen Academy & NIDA for voice, acting, voice over work & movement. Teaching for over 25 yr now, Felicity bring with her enthusiasm, passion for the spoken word, interest in training & a generous spirit passed on by May.

WORKSHOP to focus on the Chuck Jones’ method of voice training that I learnt in New York.
I teach this currently at the Actor’s Centre.
It is very physical. I will bring information and a tiny extract from the book for everyone.

I would also do a combined approach with the work that I teach from Cicely Berry for articulation that was the focus of my training in London. I do much of my work with articulation with students and have found a number of efficient exercises for correcting sound issues.

I would also like to perform a tiny extract of the play about May as I feel so many members would appreciate the performance. The show is 80 minutes long. However, I would do a 5 minute extract and talk about how the work has informed my approach to voice, theatre work and ongoing long running shows.

11.30 – 12.00 Morning Tea

“Sustaining a practice, sustaining a voice”
It will reflect on my formative experiences as a student of Dulcie’s, and their connection to my current research and ongoing creative projects around notions of sustaining a voice in arts practice. It will also look at the current “climate” for the arts.

Peta Murray is a high school drama teacher turned professional playwright. She began writing full time after her play, Wallflowering, was workshopped at the Australian National Playwrights’ Conference in 1988. Wallflowering went on to be performed internationally, and all over Australia and continues to see production to this day. A film version is also in development.

Peta’s award-winning plays for young people include Spitting Chips, and an adaptation of Tim Winton’s Blueback. Other works include The Diver, The Procedure, One Woman’s Song and Salt, winner of the Australian National Playwright’s Centre/New Dramatists Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama. Commissioned works include This Dying Business, The Law of Large Numbers, and The Keys to the Animal Room, which won an Australian Writers’ Guild Gold AWGIE. A new work for performance, Things That Fall Over: an anti-musical of a novel inside a reading of a play, with footnotes, and oratorio-as-coda saw its world premiere in 2014.

These days Peta is a freelance writing teacher as well as a dramaturg, director and community artist. She was co-facilitator of the Black Writers’ Lab for Ilbijerri Theatre, and worked in aged care settings on The Museum of Me. In 2015 she was installed in the Roslyn Smorgon Gallery as a co-artist-in-residence on the embOLDen (creative ageing project) at Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Peta holds a Masters Degree in Playwriting from QUT (2012) and a Diploma of Creative Industries from Victoria University (2013). A past recipient of an Australia Council Literature Board Fellowship, and the Rowena Farre Bequest, she has also had residencies at Varuna, and in the Nancy Keesing studio of the Cité Internationale des Arts, in Paris. In 2001 she was awarded a Centenary Medal for Services to Society (Literature).

1.00 – 2.30 LUNCH (not provided – bring a sandwich and help yourself to coffee/tea or join other members in a local café)

2.30 – 4.00 DR KERRY SANDERS

Kerry completed her PhD at The University of Sydney on the topic of Philosophy and Art. She lectured in the theory department of SCA University of Sydney for 13 years on Aesthetics and Philosophy. She has a long pursued interest in teaching philosophy in schools and is currently involved in various philosophy days for the Gifted Student Program and other school activities. She is also currently teaching at CCE and WEA. Kerry has also published poetry and enjoys nothing better than a really good poem.

SEMINAR: Themes of Romanticism

The seminar will present an overview of the philosophical, political and aesthetic concepts which underpin the Romantic Movement. To illustrate these concepts we will use the English poets of the early to late 19th c. Here are a few of our concepts: The Dark Idolatry of the Self: Prometheus Unbound (Shelley); The Paradox of Poetic Expression; The Task of Poetry; The ‘Anxiety of Influence’; The Romance of Youth & the Cult of Death; Poeticizing the Political: Anxieties of the Age; Nature: The Beautiful & Sublime; On Spirituality & Religion; Gothic Satanism; Romanticism as a Reactionary Movement.


5.30 for 6.00 A very special Dinner at Café Opera, InterContinental Hotel, Deluxe Seafood Buffet $59 per head, including sparkling wine and a $30 subsidy by the Association for members who attend the Seminar for both days and their companion to be paid together with Seminar registration in advance 6 June.

Program Monday 13 June
9.00 – 9.20 Registration and Morning Tea

9.20 – 9.30 Welcome and Outline of the Day

9.30 – 11.00 SHY MAGSALIN

Shy is a Sydney-based theatremaker and actor. She is head of the ensemble Ninefold and one third of the experimental theatre trio Earthcrosser Company. She also works regularly with the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) in Japan and currently teaches the Suzuki Method Actor Training at the Actors Centre Australia. Shy graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Performance, Theory and Practice (Theatremaking) in 2006 and has also trained with the imPACT Ensemble (2006), SITI Company in NY (2007, 2009), and also with the Suzuki Company of Toga in Japan (2008, 2012-current). She has directed, written and performed in various works locally, interstate and internationally. Credits include The Blue Book (International Theatre Ensemble, Sweden 2009), Cold (Earthcrosser Company, Sydney 2011), Macbeth: 9 Scenes Rehearsed (Sydney 2014), Room (Earthcrosser Company, Sydney 2014), The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria (ISCOT, Japan 2014), Electra and The Tale of Lear (SCOT, Japan 2015).

WORKSHOP: The highly rigorous Suzuki Method of Actor Training, developed by renowned theatre director Tadashi Suzuki, serves to strengthen an actor’s physical and vocal sensibilities, developing a highly articulate body capable of expressing and communicating with power and precision.

This workshop is aimed at discovering how the principles of Suzuki training can: develop an actor’s awareness and control of their breath, energy and stillness; and deepen the connection between an actor’s imagination and their whole body.

11.00 – 11.30 Morning Tea

11.30 – 1.00 PETA MURRAY

WORKSHOP: Death and the Drama Department: new approaches to “difficult” themes.

It will look at some of my work as a playwright and as co-founder and creative director of The Groundswell Project and will give a specific case study of an innovative arts-meets-health project we completed over three years at Penrith High School.

1,00 – 2.30 LUNCH (not provided – bring a sandwich and help yourself to coffee/tea or join other members in a local café).

2.30 – 4.00 FRANK KNOWLES, M.A. (Hons), F.T.C.L., L.G.S.M., Dip.Teach

He then taught HSC students at St. Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, where in charge of Drama, he produced: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Royal Hunt of the Sun and The Crucible before he had two decades at Abbotsleigh. Here English and Drama up to the HSC level became his specialty. As Head of the English Department for seven years he had responsibility for the Annual School Magazine –‘The Weaver’.
Was trained at Balmain Teachers’ College. Later at Sydney University as a part-time student he obtained English, History and Government majors. While teaching at Enfield Grammar in Middlesex, England, he studied at the Mountview Theatre School and at Trinity College, London, and the Guildhall. The next few years were spent with Russian and Lebanese ESL students at the University of NSW and then with graduates in teacher training at Sydney Teachers’ College.

As an HSC English marker for fifteen years he had two years as one of NSW English Standard Judges. His M.A.(Hons) was: “Foreign Influences on Sydney & Melbourne Theatre Directors,1950-1980”.

While at Abbotsleigh he undertook extra curricula Speech & Drama adjudications at the Tamworth, Shoalhaven, Ryde and Sydney Eisteddfods. He had five years adjudicating the Lower North Shore Lions Youth of the Year Competition. Frank has continued to coach and train students for Trinity College and the NSW HSC English exams. He was an Invigilator for Naplan Testing in NSW for English and Mathematics over 8 years.

WORKSHOP: “Shakespeare in Australia in the Nineteenth Century” 3-5 characters in 10 short scenes have been printed for you from “Much Ado; Hamlet; H 1V; AMSND (2); As You Like It (2) ; R&J (2),Othello; Macbeth (2) ; Merchant”. After a review of the techniques of the nineteenth century your group will seek to produce your scene as a ‘polished’ performance. Please bring ‘a garment or prop’ to help with your characterisation.

Comments are closed.