We are looking forward to welcoming you to Newcastle for ANTiDOTE, the Drama Australia National Conference. Please read this eCourier to find out everything you need to know about the conference program.

Hosted by Drama Australia

Friday 2nd June to Saturday 3rd June 2023

at the University of Newcastle, NSW


ANTiDOTE aims to open up space for sharing innovative drama practice and research that acts as a creative remedy for the challenging circumstances of our times.


  • Explore how drama education continues to craft hope, remedy and collective insight to relieve, prevent and counteract the challenges of living in times of unprecedented crisis, inequity and change.
  • Celebrate the centrality of radical creative praxis that underpins drama education. How does drama activate transformative (he)artful experiences that are vital to helping us live and learn on a damaged planet? How do we build creative agency, compassion and critical understanding? In what ways does our work strengthen the capacities and ethical imaginations of the people we work with and for?
  • Examine new directions and effective methods that have been forged to meet the challenges we face: in our pasts, presents and possible futures.
  • Allow us to hold space for each other, our students and our communities, to tell and stage stories that matter.

ANTiDOTE Programme
Travel Information

Newcastle University is a multicampus university located two hours north of Sydney. Newcastle can be visited via road or train from Sydney, or by air from a number of Australian major cities and regional centres.

The conference will be held at NUspace in Newcastle City, and other venues in the Civic Precinct. NUspace is located on the corner of Auckland Street and King Street.

Please click TRAVEL INFORMATION button above for more detailed travel information.


The Newcastle University has a relationship with some of the local hotels (marked with an *).  When you book you may be able to get a discounted rate, if you mention that you are attending the Drama Australia Conference, hosted by the University of Newcastle.

Please see details by clicking the ACCOMMODATION button above.

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