Artist and a Teaching Artist, Curly (Team Fernandez Pty. Ltd) specialises in tutoring young people with Refugee status, English as a second language, Aboriginal youth and at risk groups. Mixing contemporary hybrid techniques of drama, art and literacy
Whether you want collaboration on a workshop, or us to lead / deliver, mixing Drama with Literacy or Drama with Visual Arts for young people TF can create a workshop, or a project for your needs
What is Play Theory? Play (verb) is an activity undertaken for pleasure or leisure not for a practical or serious purpose.
Play Theory was pioneered by H.S. Curtis, Mitchell & Mason, Rousseau and G. Stanley Hall. Lev Vygotskian. Jacques Le Coq and Gaultier have revolutionised how students play in a dramatic context working with the physical body, imagination, traversing the mind and finding the game, le jeu.
Modern day Play Theory sheds; preconceived notions and assumptions of what art is, self perceptions of 'artistic ability' and the how drama / culture is valued.
Play Theory provides a wonderful platform for an immersive, fun detailed exploration of the foundations of storytelling. Coupled with hybrid art techniques the theory and its practical application provides all the aforementioned with literacy, creative critical thinking, rich language oral skills and communal connection.
Resident tutor for Australian Theatre for Young People
Showcase students and Ensemble Classes
Workshops in Physicality, Devising, Le Coq Introduction, Brecht, Emotional Transitions, Slapstick, Short stories into Dramatic Playing Structure through devising, Absurdist Theatre, Given Circumstances, Elements of Drama, Beginners Shakespeare and GP Devising. Metropolitan and Regional.
OnStage 2015- 16 classes in HSC, Yr 11 and Yr 10 Drama curriculum
Professional Development Days for Teachers and Small Business owners
Creations for Sydney Opera House
Artistic Collaborator for Digital Incursions into school system. Curriculum Links are Aboriginal History, Significant Australian Places, and Creative English including Drama
Co created with MCA and Sydney Opera House the Bella in the House program where special needs students have a day of architecture and art as well as leading the Bella Forum in 2018 and workshop facilitator previous years
Artistic Collaborator and Performative Technician on the Public Creative Play Activities and Artworks
Member of the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group
Creative Leadership for Teachers 2019 - using Drama Practices and artistic Signatures in the classroom, currently Artist in Residence for Campsie Public School.
MC & Post Show Q + A for the Creative Learning Stream - 2015 - 2019
For The Arts Unit
The Multicultural Playwrights Course 2014 and 2015. This program supports refugee students and students from a non-English speaking background in Years 7-11 from NSW Public Schools. Students share their life stories whilst building self-esteem, social interaction and skills in Literacy and Drama. During the 2015 program students participated in six workshops where they were involved in a series of activities to develop their English Literacy, expression and performance skills. Additionally we bought the SOH for an workshop for Reverse Storytelling. Combining Oral Language, Play, Sculpture and Video. We went to a local community car wreckers yard and created a story from looking at live wrecked automobiles. Built scenes and then made a simple stop motion of the story.
Ensemble Class in Physicality and Play
State Drama Camp and Festival
Clown | Physical Comedy
Artistic Creative Team School Spectacular 2019
For the University of Western Sydney
Lecture on Re thinking Creativity in the Classroom for Multicultural and Non English Speaking Students. Techniques in Drama Practice for Literacy
For The McDonald College
Course Manager and Acting Coach of the Weekend Musical Theatre Course and Musical Mini Course.
AD for Yearly Production
For the Powerhouse Museum
Artistic Collaborator with the Education Team for Interactive Junior Tour Experiences incorporating STEM 2 STEAM
For the NSW Public Education Public Schools
MC for the Public Education Scholarships 2016 - now
For the Casula Powerhouse
Workshops incorporating visual arts and performance
Anti bullying workshops
Introduction Drama workshops
Beginners Drama Course
Accessible Needs Drama Course - Adults
Other Drama and Literacy workshops include for : Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Performance Academy, Marian Street Theatre, DramaRama!, Poetry In Action, The Sydney Opera House in conjunction UNSW, Department of Education and Communities,, Sydney Region Aboriginal Education, The House that Dan Built, Action Atelier, Inner West Sydney Council, Casula Powerhouse and various primary and secondary schools in NSW and Victoria including Intensive English Centres NSW.
Signature Workshops Late Primary + Early High School
120 mins Character Workshop - Physicality and Mike Leigh Technique Given Circumstances WHO WHERE WHAT. Giving young Actors concrete tangible process in place for devising and scripts.
Late High School + Young Adults
120 - 180 mins State of Play - Detailed Concepts of Play and Interpretation of play with practical physical application. Unleashing students individual artistry through strong physicality and passion. Outlining Le Coq 7 stages of Energy and its relevance. Emotional transitions. Devising and consolidating these practices and techniques. NB Extremely physical.
Team Fernandez Pty. Ltd Pays respects to all countrymen and countrywomen AND THE DREAMING, for the LAND we create, learn & share stories ON is aboriginal