Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
+61 2 9250 7111

At Sydney Opera House, we believe creativity is a vital skill for facing the challenges of the future. Our year-round program of live performances, digital classroom experiences and professional learning cultivates creative minds and encourages cultural participation for life.

Sydney Opera House is a NSW Education Standards Association endorsed provider of professional development. Our professional learning programs are designed to be practical, hands-on and equip you with skills and solutions to apply immediately in your classroom.

Courses offered by Sydney Opera House

Frank Newman

Frank is a director, producer and community arts worker. He is currently the Creative Learning Specialist for the Sydney Opera House where he runs two programs, the Creative Leadership In Learning Program and Creative Play. From 2007-2012 Frank was Terrapin Puppet Theatre's Artistic Director. During this time he directed 8 shows, toured nationally and internationally and won a Helpmann Award for Best Production for Young Audiences for Boats. Prior to that he established and was the Artistic Director of the Ashfield Youth Theatre for seven years. He has directed, produced and performed for over 18 years. He has a Bachelor of Creative Arts, Majoring in Theatre Technology, from Wollongong University. Frank’s shows have played in festivals and venues in New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, the USA, China and around Australia including the Sydney Opera House, the Arts Centre Melbourne and the Adelaide Festival Centre. He has worked with artists such as the Dell ‘Arte Players in California, Nigel Jamieson, Nick Enright, Gary Stewart and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.Frank is also a teaching artist with extensive experience and skills in Forum theatre, physical theatre, puppetry and object manipulation, actor training, and teaching creativity. He has worked as a teaching artist in a range of settings including juvenile detention centres and schools, and with groups of architects, financial managers and local councils.

Lilly Blue

Lilly Blue is a visual artist, educator and publisher with a background in pedagogical practice, studio research and community engagement. She currently works as Creativity Consultant and Teaching Artist at Sydney Opera House and was instrumental in the development of their Creative Leadership in Learning Program and The Creativity Framework. She co-founded contemporary arts publication BIG Kids Magazine, and has worked Internationally delivering arts residencies, professional development, creative commissions and exhibitions as well as designing programming for young audiences drawn from a rigorous personal practice. Lilly has been delivering classroom based studio practice across age groups in school, gallery and community settings for twenty-five years and has a genuine devotion to the arts in education as an essential ingredient in generating significant engagement with young people. Her personal philosophy has been to provoke meaningful encounters, impact significant learning outcomes, and grow compassionate, tolerant and creative future leaders through creative practice and connection with art and artists. She exhibits her work regularly and has been commissioned by Sydney Opera House, Belvoir St Theatre Company, Manly Art Gallery, SCAF, co-works and myriad private investors.

Brad Haseman

Brad Haseman worked for thirty years at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where he was Professor in Drama Education and held a range of senior leadership posts. He is a pioneer of drama in schools and arts education, and is known internationally as a teacher and workshop leader (Process Drama), arts researcher (Performative Research) and community engagement practitioner (Applied Theatre and Teaching Artistry). In recent years he has been an invited keynote speaker and workshop leader in the UK, Finland, the US, Australia and South Korea. Brad has contributed as a teacher, researcher and policy developer on all matters related to the field of teaching artistry. He has worked as a teaching artist in Papua New Guinea for a decade leading a team of teaching artists addressing sexual health education. He served as Chair of the Community Partnerships Committee of the Australia Council for the Arts from 2007 to 2011 and was actively involved in developing strategic priorities for Teaching Artists and Artist-in-Residence programs for Australian schools and communities. In 2014 Brad co-convened the second International Teaching Artist Conference in Brisbane Australia and is a member of the International Teaching Artist Collective which supports these biannual Teaching Artist Conferences.