Andrew Upton on the importance of arts in education

24 May 2013

Andrew Upton will be discussing the role of the creative arts in education.
Andrew Upton will be discussing the role of the creative arts in education.

Andrew Upton, the artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, will deliver his keynote address as the artist-in-residence in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, this Tuesday 28 May at the University of Sydney.

Upton is playwright, screenwriter, producer and director, and is an Honorary Associate in the faculty.

Increasingly, the role of the creative arts in education has been shown to greatly improve educational outcomes. In this keynote lecture, Upton will stake the territory of his residency and its importance in the faculty's work in the arts in education. HIs work as both a creative and an educational facilitator will be explored and investigated.

Upton formerly held the artistic director position at the STC in partnership with actress Cate Blanchett for three years from 2009. Upton and Blanchett have worked for several years with Professor Robyn Ewing on the highly successful School Drama project, and more recently on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant that investigates the participation and non-participation of young people as audiences of theatre in Australia.

As a collaboration between the STC's education program and the Faculty of Education and Social Work, the School Drama project has been a highly successful professional development program for primary school teachers that aims to demonstrate the power of using drama and literature to improve literacy in children.

In his work as a playwright, Upton has created successful adaptations of numerous plays including Cyrano de Bergerac, Don Juan, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya and Hedda Gabler.

Upton's residency will also include two workshops for students, one called, "How stories breed", which will explore the process of writing and adaptation through the examination of Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, The Seagull.

The event is chaired by Professor Robyn Ewing and will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Event details

What: Andrew Upton, artist-in-residence keynote lecture for the Faculty of Education and Social Work

When: 5.30 to 7pm, Tuesday 28 May

Where: 5.30 to 6pm: Refreshments in the Common Room

6 to 7pm: Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building, Camperdown Campus

Cost: Free

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