Professor Judith McLean awarded 2020 Drama Australia President’s Award

QPAC-Professor-Judith-McLeanDrama Australia has announced Professor Judith McLean as the recipient of the 2020 Drama Australia President’s Award!

Professor McLean (Queensland University of Technology & Queensland Performing Arts Centre) has made significant, long term service and commitment to Drama and Arts Education at a state, national and international level.

McLean is considered a leading force and pioneer in moving Drama Education forward, and has been described by colleagues as a master teacher, a dynamic scholar, a committed mentor and a wise leader in our field.

Since May 2014, McLean has been the inaugural Chair in Arts Education – a partnership between QPAC and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) – her role is to link policy, art making and teaching and support both QPAC and QUT in bridging complex thought and practical application, and putting ideas into practice. She is also currently QPAC’s Scholar in Residence.

Drama Australia’s most prestigious award, the recipient needs to have demonstrated: significant, long-term service and commitment to Drama Australia (formerly NADIE) and drama/theatre education in Australia; significant service and commitment within a state/territory member association; and a contribution to drama/theatre education at an international level.

The Drama Australia President’s Award is normally presented at the national conference, which was postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hence this special announcement.

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Image: Professor Judith McLean – courtesy of QPAC