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Inward Journeys, Outward Stories – 2024 Conference

104 Broadway
Friday, 24 May @ 8:00 am - Saturday, 25 May @ 5:00 pm


2024 Conference Program

Welcome to “Inward Journeys, Outward Stories,” a captivating conference designed for drama teachers and researchers, inspired by Dorothy Heathcote’s powerful quote: “I must have the ability to see the world through my students, and not my students through the world” (Heathcote, in O’Neill, 2015).

This conference invites participants to embark on a profound exploration of drama education as a transformative journey that begins within, fostering empathy, understanding, and self-awareness. By embodying Heathcote’s vision, we will discover how drama can serve as a powerful medium to convey outward stories that authentically reflect the inner worlds of our students.

Key Themes:

  • Embracing Empathetic Imagination: Foster an empathetic approach to drama education, allowing teachers and students to delve into their imaginations, creating rich and authentic narratives that resonate with audiences.
  • The Inner World of Characters: Explore techniques to help students develop deep connections with characters by understanding their emotional landscapes, motivations, and personal histories.
  • Nurturing Vulnerability and Trust: Encourage an environment of trust and vulnerability in the drama classroom, where students feel safe to express themselves fully and authentically.
  • Narrative as a Vehicle for Self-Expression: Investigate how storytelling through drama can empower students to communicate their unique perspectives, beliefs, and identities.
  • Exploring Multidimensional Realities: Encourage students to explore diverse perspectives and realities, fostering a deeper understanding of themselves and others in a global context.
  • Cultivating Reflective Practitioners: Inspire drama teachers and researchers to reflect on their practice, continuously evolving and adapting their approach to better align with their students’ needs and visions.
  • The Power of Play and Embodiment: Recognize the significance of play and embodiment in drama education, offering students a holistic and immersive experience that enhances their creative expression.
  • Cultural Representation and Diversity: Delve into the importance of cultural representation and inclusivity in drama, empowering students from all backgrounds to share their unique stories.


Celebrate all the learning and friendships gained at the conference by joining us on Saturday evening for a night of food, theatre, and fun. Meet at iconic Erciyes Restaurant at 6pm for a delicious Turkish banquet before walking up to at Belvoir St Theatre to watch the opening preview of Never Closer.


“Northern Ireland, 1987. Deirdre is stuck – between arguments, nations, and the lives she almost lived. But when her old schoolfriends gather in her kitchen yet again for Christmas Eve, their growing differences push to the surface a powder-keg, waiting the tiniest spark. And then one of them turns up with her surprise fiancé.

He’s English.

Set against the backdrop of The Troubles, this brilliant debut play is an unforgettable drama of home, friends, the decision to leave or stay, and the possibility of forgiveness.”

Join us at “Inward Journeys, Outward Stories” to immerse yourself in an enriching experience, where we celebrate the transformative potential of drama education. Together, let’s embrace Dorothy Heathcote’s vision and inspire a new generation of empathetic storytellers, creating a world where students’ voices and perspectives are authentically celebrated on the dramatic stage.


Event information
Date: 24th and 25th May 2023
Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia – Sydney
Theatre event: Belvior St Theatre
Dinner: Erciyes Restaurant

Theme: Inward Journeys, Outward Stories


Member 1 Day $ 349.00
Member 2 Day $449.00
Workshop Presenter /Life Member 1 Day $100.00
Workshop Presenter /Life Member 2 Day $150.00
Rural 1 Day $200.00
Rural 2 Days $400.00
Non-Member 1 Day $449.00
Non-Member 2 Day $549.00
Human Library 1 Day $299
Human Library 2 Day $399
Dinner & Theatre Ticket (Purchase closes 26/4/24) $120


 NB: Rural NSW is considered outside the Greater Region of Sydney – beyond Wollongong, Newcastle and the Blue Mountains.


2024 Conference Program

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Non-Member 1 day
Ticket for one day of the conference
$ 449.00
Non-Member 2 days
Ticket to attend both days at the conference
$ 549.00
Presenter /Life Member 1 Day
Ticket to attend one day of the conference
$ 100.00
Presenter /Life Member 2 Day
Ticket to attend both days at the conference
$ 150.00
Human Library Presenter 1 Day
Ticket to attend one day of the conference
$ 299.00
Human Library Presenter 2 Day
$ 399.00


Start: Friday, 24 May @ 8:00 am
End: Saturday, 25 May @ 5:00 pm
Cost: $120.00


Address: 104 Broadway
Chippendale, NSW 2007 Australia

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Phone: 82044400


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