If I am to change a students learning experience how will I do this?
Students should always know why they are doing an exercise. Activities can and should be fun and engaging, but they should never just be games for the sake of games
it is important a class knows the dramatic principles beneath each activity. In this way, by providing engaging, accessible material, students will learn experientially: the only way to develop drama skills.
Alex Chalwell graduated from the Actors’ Centre Australia’s full-time course in 2014, continuing study for a further 6 months in 2015 at École Philippe Gaulier in France. He has toured Australia with the Bell Shakespeare Company twice, as Malcolm in their 2019 production of Macbeth at the Sydney Opera House and Playhouse Theatre in Melbourne, and in 2018 as one of the Bell Shakespeare Players, playing abridged versions of Shakespeare to school audiences. In 2018 he played a guest role in ABC’s Harrow and has worked with NIDA’s Festival of Emerging Artists, having performed in three graduation pieces for successive MA Directing cohorts in 2015, 2016, and 2019. He has worked in independent theatre across Sydney, at King’s Cross Theatre, ATYP, and Pact Theatre. Between 2014 and 2015, Alex was proud to be in mentorship in Shakespearean text with George Ogilvie, A.M.
Alex also works as a writer. He won the 2016 Writing NSW Under 30s Manuscript Competition, which included a residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House. Additionally, he has participated in both stages of the ACT Writers’ Centre’s national Hardcopy manuscript development program.
In 2020, Alex was granted an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant and an Embassy Postgraduate Scholarship for study at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, postponed due to covid-19.