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In-Schools Workshops


For Primary and Secondary School Students, All Year Levels

Battling with Brecht? Antagonised by Absurdism? Feeling gloomy about Australian Gothic?

If a visit to your classroom by a key industry professional could bring your curriculum unit to life, Backbone can help!

As one of Queensland’s oldest youth arts companies, Backbone has an extensive network of professional artists we can call upon to help you in the classroom, including actors, dancers, stage combat experts, directors, and designers. Once engaged by Backbone, these industry professionals will consult with you to design a workshop that addresses the specific requirements you have for your class and unit. All workshops address understanding, analysis and practical application of drama skills.

Workshops can be provided in all areas of the drama curriculum and can be taught in a time frame that suits you, such as a class period, a whole day or across a number of weeks.



Our facilitators are available to come into schools and create work with your students. Backbone specialises in creating devised work with children and young people and we can apply this methodology to different themes that your school is looking at from child safety to environmental science.

Let us know what you are looking for!


Are you looking for a specific artist to come and inspire your class? Backbone can arrange this! Our Artist + School Matchmaking service aims to provide workshop experiences in schools that really matter and make a difference to the learning outcomes of your students. If you have someone in mind, let us know and we can work with you to ensure the guest teaching artist experience inspires your students. Backbone is here to have a conversation and make sure that you are happy through to the end!


Backbone can provide you a program of workshops to complement your annual curriculum. We can either meet your plans or assist you in a building a plan for the school year. Backbone hires the appropriate facilitators throughout the year, ensuring each are briefed and ready to work with you to build a workshop that will deliver the best outcomes for your students.

“Backbone Youth Arts are our Drama department’s backbone. In one email, Chris and Katherine book every workshop we need in a year.  Whether it be Commedia, scriptwriting or Shakespeare, they consistently provide dynamic presenters who know how to engage our students.  Backbone make our lives easier. They are highly organised and professional, and, as industry professionals, know what Drama teachers need.” – Emilia Keene, Acting Head of Drama, Iona College