Engaging Children with Literacy through Drama

John Nicholas Saunders

Live cast on Wednesday 29 April 2020 

John Nicholas Saunders is the Director of Education and Community Partnership at Sydney Theatre Company.

Initially a Drama and English teacher, John has extensive experience in Arts, English and Literacy Education and has taught in primary, secondary, tertiary and community contexts. He has held positions Head of Department: The Arts at Southern Cross Catholic College; Senior Curriculum Co-Writer with the Queensland Studies Authority; Board member of Playlab Press; Associate Academic at Australian Catholic University; President of Drama NSW and Drama QLD; Education Consultant to the Brisbane Festival and guest lecturer at The University of Sydney, Western Sydney University and University of New South Wales; Chair of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) Education Network and Drama Curriculum Advisor to ACARA.

He currently holds positions as President of Drama Australia and Chair of National Advocates for Arts Education.

John is an Honorary Associate at The University of Sydney where he has recently completed his PhD exploring the impact of drama-based pedagogy on English and literacy learning.