Forum on Educational Theatre Preview #9

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Preparations for the Forum on Educational Theatre April 21-24, 2016 are well underway. To register, To register, visit the registration page.

As we gear up for the event, we will post descriptions of some of the presentations–one of which appears below:

Paper 1: Mashing up Beowulf: Toward a New Intermediated Pedagogy of Drama, Technology and Performance


This paper reports on an intermedia (mashup) performance making project exploring the pedagogical affordances of machinima, large puppetry and live performance with young people. The project that is the basis for this research paper was held at the University of Sydney in partnership with the Australian Theatre for Young People. The week of workshops, part of the DARE Playing Beowulf project (, adapted the story of Beowulf through giant puppet-making and performance, mimetic performance and digital game sequences in a performative mashup. The paper will explore how this process succeeded in making drama with young people. The paper will also explore how successfully the performance making process developed a hybrid pedagogy for teaching mixed media performance realized through the cognate forms of drama and game. The paper will draw on video sequences that were projected during the final performance to demonstrate the pedagogical and performative processes the mash-ups employed during the week. The paper concludes with some reflections on the future of intermedia (mashup) pedagogies for drama education, youth theatre and beyond.


Dr. Michael Anderson is Professor (Arts and Creativity) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. His research and teaching concentrates the role of creativity, the arts (particularly drama) and play have on learning. This work has evolved into a program of research and publication that engages with arts classrooms directly. His recent publications explore how aesthetic education and research is changing learning in the 21st Century. These publications include: Applied Theatre: Research (with Peter O’Connor, Bloomsbury, 2015), Partnerships in Education Research: Creating Knowledge that Matters (with Kelly Freebody, Bloomsbury, 2014), Masterclass in Drama Education (Continuum, UK), Teaching the Screen, Film Education for Generation Next (with Miranda Jefferson), Drama with Digital Technology (with John Carroll and David Cameron, Continuum, 2009) and Real Players: Drama, Education and Technology (with John Carroll and David Cameron Trentham, 2006).

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Dr. David Cameron is Deputy Director, Academic Technologies at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at The University of Newcastle, Australia. He has worked as a radio broadcaster and content producer, news editor, and multimedia designer. His academic career includes lecturing in journalism, media and communication. His research interests encompass digital game-based learning, applied drama and technology, social media, mobile media, and online education. David was a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (2007 – 2010) with the Australian Defense Simulation Office, developing and trialing digital game-based and online role-based simulation tools for use in crisis management simulations and training. A prototype scenario and Web-based simulation engine were produced for Australian Defense Force public affairs personnel. This work draws upon and expands David’s research interests in digital game-based learning, the use of ‘everyday’ digital and online media technologies in learning and teaching, and the application of traditional applied drama conventions and techniques to produce engaging blended learning activities. Recent publications have examined the links between drama, education and technology. David has also researched and published widely in the communication and journalism education fields. He is interested in the impact and application of mobile media and social media, and the implications for higher education and training in the media and communication disciplines.

Dr. Celina McEwen undertakes research in the arts and education. She also has research interests in adult community education especially projects focusing on Community Cultural Development, Health Promotion and Community Leadership. She has completed a Doctorate in the Departments of Performance Studies and Anthropology at the University of Sydney. Her thesis describes the alteration of the social realm that takes place for participants engaged in community cultural development (CCD) projects in terms of learning and change.