Education Consultant and Researcher
Dr Meg Upton is an experienced drama educator, researcher and youth arts worker in both arts industry and educational settings. As Education Manager at the Malthouse Theatre from 2000 to 2008 she created a range of programs and projects that connected young people with practising professional artists in professional arts settings. She has mentored emerging artists and developed industry based practice for the Theatre Arts Course at Victoria University and is a co-opted member of Platform Youth Theatre where she consults in education. Meg lectures in Drama Education at Deakin University and has presented at the University of Melbourne in the area of youth arts. As a researcher she has worked extensively in secondary school settings, collaborating with teachers, students and theatre companies, investigating the role of live theatre performance in education. Between 2009 and 2011 she was a lead research assistant with the University of Melbourne on the ARC Project: TheatreSpace. Meg works with the Melbourne Theatre Company as a consultant and teaching artist, working with theatre artists to deliver aspects of the education program in seminar, workshop and resource capacity, and consults with Malthouse, Arena, RealTV, and Performing Lines. Her work with Drama Victoria/Drama Australia has involved sustained consultation around the Australian Curriculum – The Arts shaping paper and more recently the draft curriculum. Meg has a strong understanding of both school and theatre industry contexts and she is a member of the Board of Young People and the Arts Australi (YPAA). She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne entitled Teaching the Live: The Pedagogy of Performance, an investigation into the ‘communities of practice’ that may result from aligning curriculum, theatre company practice, and classroom pedagogy.