2017 Drama Australia Symposium: Creative Capital

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We are delighted to announce that our 2017 Drama Australia National Symposium will be held in Canberra later this year in partnership with ACT Drama Association (ACTDA).

This year's symposiums themes is 'Creative Capital' allowing our community to gather in our nation's capital to discuss, debate and share our creative practice in Drama Education. The National Symposium will follow a similar format to our 2016 'Looking Back, Looking Forward' Symposium in Adelaide starting at around lunchtime on Friday 29 September and running all day on Saturday 30th September.

The Symposium will have a research and practice focus and all delegates will be together for the two day event listening to the same keynotes, panels and presentations from leaders in our field. The symposium will have something to offer to all Drama educators, from primary and secondary teachers, to academics and researchers. These two days will be spent sharing best practice and research in our field.

Friday 29 September and Saturday 30 September 2017
Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Presented in partnership with ACTDA
Venue Partner: Canberra Theatre Centre

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All presentations will take place in a lecture theatre style area at the Canberra Theatre Centre. We encourage presenters to consider creative and engaging ways of presenting their work (e.g. through performed research, interactivity, or enabling technologies etc).

Drama education is an inherently creative pursuit, but what does it mean for creativity to become capital in the art? This conference, set in the nation's capital, unpacks the concept of creative thinking, being and doing and its relationship to Drama. A range of Drama leaders will showcase cutting edge research, designed to strengthen our teaching practice in schools, universities and the community, ensuring it is evidence-based and research informed. This collegial Symposium will have something to offer to all Drama educators, from primary and secondary teachers, to academics and researchers.

The Symposium will offer a focused program, with limited presentation options, so that all delegates can be together for the two days of the keynotes, panels, papers and short presentations.

The Symposium Sub-Committee invite members of the Drama Australia and international Drama Education community to submit expressions of interest for presentations at the Drama Australia National Symposium. The Symposium Sub-Committee encourages teachers, practitioners and researchers to consider sharing their work through a paper or short presentation.

Creative Capital is shaping up to be a vibrant and dynamic event, incorporate presentations from leaders across our field.

You can select either to present either a 20 minutes paper or a short Six Minute Snapshot through this expression of interest process.

20 minute papers will report on recently completed and substantial research that informs practice.

Six Minute Snapshots will share a brief overview of a great project, an engaging unit of work, or an innovative research project that you would like to share more broadly with the national delegates. We ask that all Six Minute Snapshots aim to enhance practice.


To submit an Expression of Interest to present at the 2017 Drama Australia National Symposium, please click HERE.

Call for Papers will close at 5pm on Monday 3rd July 2017.


Registrations open on Friday 9 June 2017. Please click HERE for more information.

Invitation to Attend

Any questions? Please email Drama Australia Symposium Convenor, Rachael Jacobs at r.jacobs@westernsydney.edu.au.