Kelly McConville, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne

Snapshot: Drama is a compulsory subject in secondary schools in Victoria, Australia, with a rich history of dedicated and passionate educators. Despite this, little research has been done that investigates the professional lives of these drama teachers, and even fewer studies use drama as a method through which to do so.

This study sought to interrogate the lived experiences of drama teachers using the language they know best – performance. The thesis presents the results of a qualitative case study, which investigated the experiences of seven secondary drama teachers who engaged in a process of ethnographic performance making about their professional lives, drawing on their own lived experiences as data.

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