Drama Victoria (formerly the Victorian Association for Drama in Education) was established in 1968 and is the oldest Drama association for teachers in Australia. In 2008, Drama Victoria celebrated its 40th anniversary.

{mooblock=Read More}The late Ron Danielson was the first president and his vision enabled a few isolated teachers throughout Melbourne to establish Drama programs in post primary schools and weather hostile administrations and poor working conditions within their schools.

Over the next few years with a great deal of work and support, Drama became established in schools. The Drama Resource Centre was set up with a team of consultants and training was provided by State College Drama Departments. From these humble beginnings Drama Victoria was born. We now have a healthy membership of over 400 individuals and institutions Australia wide and through the assistance of the Strategic Partnerships Program administered by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development we conduct a year round program of Professional Learning activities.

Membership of Drama Victoria opens up a world of support for teachers of primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Through workshops and publications teachers are given practical advice on all aspects of drama education. Drama Victoria is managed by a committee, drawn from the membership.

Members of Drama Victoria receive Mask, our journal which comes out twice yearly, providing readers with the latest in drama education developments and curriculum initiatives. Half Mask is our quarterly newsletter, which highlights upcoming Professional Learning opportunities and other events for members, as well as featuring articles on various aspects of drama education.

Every year there is a State Conference where teachers gain professional learning and where theatre and production companies showcase their work. Professional Learning activities and mini-conferences are held throughout the year to further enhance drama teaching skills and knowledge in such areas as the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS), VCE Drama and Theatre Studies and dramatic form.

VCE student forums and workshops are an annual feature of our programming and through these we aim to provide VCE Drama and Theatre Studies students with support in these important years of schooling.

Members of Drama Victoria are also members of Drama Australia (formerly NADIE) and the International Association for Drama In Education (IDEA) and receive information on advances in drama education though newsletters and magazines; ADEM and the national journal (formally the NADIE journal). We also maintain a list of Australian and International Drama organisations and peak bodies.{/mooblock}


Contact Drama Victoria:

Key Office Personnel:
Director of Programs - Daniel Betty
Office Administrator - Gail Bailey

Room C2.35 - Convent Building
1 St.Heliers St. Abbotsford 3067
Phone:(03) 9419 2766
Fax: (03) 9419 4830

P.O. Box 373 Abbotsford 3067
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Office Attendance Times:
8:30am - 4:30pm, Wednesday to Friday