Feeding the Theatre Animal - training in youth arts, 2000

By 2000, the demise of the BA in Drama Studies at the University of Adelaide, the Drama Dip Ed at Rusden College and Melbourne State College in Victoria and the emergence of interdisciplinary courses at TAFEs and universities reinvigorated the debate about generalist versus specialist training in theatre. Many prominent practitioners in performing arts had trained in generalist courses – originally teacher training courses that had been absorbed into the university system and then closed. In South Australia these include Chris Drummond (Brink), Andy Packer (Slingsby), Michael Hill (Come Out) and Sasha Zahra (Adelaide Fringe).

With professional work dependent on a range of theatre skills, Jane Woollard questioned whether current arts training was actually undermining the ability of graduates to survive, and for contemporary Australian theatre to thrive.

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