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Term 2

National Conference 2023

Friday, 2 June @ 8:00 am - Saturday, 3 June @ 5:00 pm

Expression of Interest to present at the National Conference has now closed.


Drama Australia National Conference Registration information

The registration portal will be open soon. The Early Bird rate closes 14 April 2023.

Early Bird Full Member (2 days) $450

Early Bird Full Non-Member (2 days)  $560

Full Registration Member (2 days)  $560

Full Registration Non-Member (2 days) $660

Member 1 Day $340

Non-Member 1 Day $440

Student Concession Full Registration $300

Student Concession 1 Day $180

Presenter discount registration $340


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.

Our 2023 conference theme foregrounds the radical praxis that drama education continues to offer in times of crisis and change. The wealth of research and practice shows that Drama provides the antidote to the fractured contexts we live in, offering remedy and insight, as we battle the poison of divisive politics, widening inequities and devastating climate crisis. We cannot be erased or ignored.

Our praxis matters more now than ever before, as we offer transformative (he)artful experiences that focus on building agency, compassion and critical understanding. In this conference, we will hold space for each other and our communities, tell stories that matter and celebrate our strengths.

Together we trace our vital role in healing and action that relieves, prevents and counteracts.

Join us on Awabakal Country, in the coastal city of Newcastle, as we celebrate Drama as Antidote.

Come and be nourished.


Travel information

For Accommodation options look HERE

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. See Newcastle Airport’s website to look for travel routes and transport options into the city centre. Please note that Newcastle Airport is located at Williamstown, outside the city centre.

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. There different transport options available to get to the venue:

The Hunter train line leaves from Central Station in Sydney and terminates at Newcastle Interchange. This station is a 17 minute easy walk to the conference venue, or a 5 minute drive.
There are also numerous bus routes that service greater Newcastle.
For more information about getting to Newcastle city by train and using local buses, visit Transport NSW.

Light rail
Newcastle light rail runs from Newcastle Interchange in Wickham to Newcastle Beach in the East End. With six convenient stops, including right out the front of NUspace, light rail is a modern way to explore Newcastle’s city centre. The turn-up-and-go service operates from 5am to 1am, seven days a week.
The best light rail stop for NUspace is the Civic stop is directly in front of NUspace.

Newcastle Transport operates the ferry between Stockton and Queens Wharf.
The ferry operates from:
Monday to Thursday from 5:00am to 11:00pm
Friday and Saturday from 5:00am to Midnight
Sunday from 8:30am to 10:00pm


Start: Friday, 2 June @ 8:00 am
End: Saturday, 3 June @ 5:00 pm


Address: NEWCASTLE, Australia
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Event Type
Term 2