Learn about contemporary First Nations lived experiences through engaging drama activities
Kamarra Bell-Wykes' MARGUK Kids Workshop series uses drama to engage students in First Nations culture, histories and storytellings. In this Professional Development Session, teachers will have the opportunity to participate in one of these workshops, Perceptions 101.
Perceptions 101, a workshop for Year 9 - Year 12 students, is an exploration of Indigenous representation, perceptions and stereotypes through simple drama activities that will lead to the creation of a short group-based work.
Teachers will experience the workshop first-hand followed by a Q+A with Kamarra about her work.
ABOUT KAMARRA BELL-WYKES
Kamarra Bell-Wykes is a descendant of the Yagera and Butchulla people of South-East Queensland. In 2012 Kamarra graduated from the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education with a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning and was awarded an honour in Recognising and Responding to Diversity in the Classroom. Kamarra then worked as a teacher and youth worker in a number of communities in the Northern Territory. In 2014 she joined ILBIJERRI Theatre Company in the role of Education and Learning Manager, under which she developed the MARGUK Education and Learning program from the ground up, delivering innovative educational opportunities to schools, First Nations communities and the arts sector through drama and theatre.
For the last 20 years Kamarra has worked as a playwright, devisor, director and dramaturg, on works including ILBIJERRI’s award winning health-education shows; CHOPPED LIVER, BODY ARMOUR, NORTH WEST OF NOWHERE and VIRAL. Combined these plays have toured over 15 years and have been seen by more than 50 000 people across Australia in schools, prisons and community audiences.
MARGUK workshops were developed with the support of ILBIJERRI Theatre Company