Monkey Baa Theatre Company offers a suite of QTC-registered Professional Development. The courses cover staging productions, creating original productions, and using drama as pedagogy in the classroom.

We offer these courses in three ways:

  • Sporadic sessions at our home venue, the Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre.
  • We come to your school/preschool/day-care centre and deliver an in-service for your educators.
  • We are hosted by The Arts Unit of The Department of Education to deliver specific courses both at The Arts Unit in Sydney and in regional NSW.

For information about these professional learning opportunities please contact us.

We have also run extremely successful long-term programs in Far North Queensland and in Western Sydney, mentoring teachers in integrating drama across the primary curriculum.


Upcoming Training*

Drama as a Teaching Tool – Primary
2 hours
$400+GST for up to 20 teachers
Suitable for primary teachers

A 2-hour course for primary teachers, this workshop shares Monkey Baa’s practical strategies for using drama as pedagogy across the primary curriculum. Teach maths using movement, geography through tableaux and literacy through speaking aloud: join us for a fun and action-packed session.

PLAY! A toolkit for teachers
2 hours
$400+GST for up to 20 teachers
Suitable for Early Childhood through to Stage 6 HSC teachers (taught in separate streams)

Early childhood, primary and secondary teachers – join us for 2 hours that will reinvigorate your repertoire of activities, starters, warm ups and active learning strategies for students of all ages. This workshop is perfect for drama teachers seeking new ideas, and teachers of other subjects looking to expand their methodology to include drama.

Team Building through Drama
3 hours
$600+GST for up to 20 teachers
Suitable for Early Childhood through to Stage 6 HSC teachers (taught in separate streams)

This workshop explores the best ways to use drama to improve social coherence – amongst students and staff. We can tailor the session to be a team building experience for the teachers participating, or for teachers to apply to students. This is particularly recommended for HSC Drama teachers, as a methodology for Group Projects, but Monkey Baa has successfully delivered this course for teachers from Early Childhood all the way through to Year 12.

Staging School Productions
5 hours
$800+GST
Suitable for Early Childhood through to Stage 6 HSC teachers

By popular demand, Monkey Baa has developed this all-day course for teachers who have been handed the mantle of school play director! Join us for a day of practical strategies to tackle everything from selecting a piece, casting it, rehearsals, scheduling, stage craft, production design and managing audiences.

the arts unit and monkey baa

Monkey Baa partners with The Arts Unit of the Department of Education to deliver teacher professional development across NSW. The Arts Unit is as passionate as we are about using the creative arts as inclusive, engaging pedagogy for all students in all educational contexts. These courses are scheduled in regional NSW as well as the Sydney area. Keep in touch with Monkey Baa and The Arts Unit (through our mailing lists, or by emailing us) to be kept up to date about sessions.

*available as an in-service on demand in your school, or offered at our venue sporadically throughout the year.


past training

PLAY! A Toolkit for Teachers
Cootamundra Arts Centre
April 5 2017
Reinvigorate your repertoire of activities, starters, warm ups and active learning strategies for students of all ages. Perfect for teachers of pre-school aged children and up.

Drama as a Teaching Tool: Primary
Cootamundra Arts Centre
April 4 2017
Expert Arts educators share practical, engaging, inclusive teaching tools to utilise across the curriculum. This course focuses on how activities stemming from the KLA of Drama can improve teaching and learning and have a visible impact on student outcomes in other learning areas.

Active Pedagogy in the Primary Classroom
The Arts Unit of the NSW Department of Education
March 28 2017
This course will equip Primary teachers with active and creating teaching to use across the entire curriculum. Packed with innovative strategies for the classroom, the course includes the opportunity to observe Monkey Baa tutors working with students.

Drama for Devising in the Primary Classroom
March 14 2017
Explore how to establish a supportive devising environment; how to celebrate difference through devising; and will actively take part in examples and demonstrations (guided by expert Monkey Baa facilitators) of how devising works at its best.

Active Pedagogy in the Primary Classroom
Presented by Monkey Baa Theatre Company and The Arts Unit
29 February, 2016

Drama as a Teaching Tool
Presented by Monkey Baa Theatre Company
15 September, 2015