Scriptwriting for Museums

3:00pm Thursday, 23 September 2021
4:30pm Thursday, 23 September 2021
Zoom, Australian Capital Territory 2600

In this session, IMTLAP's lively team of experienced museum theatre practitioners will model and breakdown the process of creating customised scripts for your cultural institution. With a focus on target audiences, drawing links to collections and themes, and crafting successful dialogue, 'Scriptwriting for Museums' will leave you feeling creative, inspired, and ready to think about how you can enrich the visitor experience!


Patrick Helean (ACT)

Patrick has been a professional actor, puppeteer and director for over 35 years, and is the current Vice President of IMTAL-AP

Before moving to Australia Patrick was the managing director of ‘Prairie Fire Theatre’ a professional touring theatre. After moving to Australia became a member of the Questacon Excited Particles a professional theatre troupe. The ‘Particles’ were an experiment putting actors who like science and scientists who had theatre skills together. The experiment seems to be working as Patrick has been there for 16 years.

In this time he has developed science shows on topics from radio astronomy and laser physics to the science we can find in our recycling bins. Patrick has played multiple characters from a cheeky little dinosaur puppet, Mutty the Muttaburrasaur to Albert Einstein.

Recently Patrick has turned his professional focus to the development and mentorship of science communicators and has facilitated training programs for the Shell Questacon Science Circus Masters students. And has facilitated science theatre workshops in Korea and Japan and lead the Science Circus Japan 2014 bringing science theatre and an exhibition to support science museums in the tsunami affected Tohoku region.

Now as Questacon’s Knowledge Partners Coordinator he is working with ARC Centres of excellence to strengthen the science communication skills of the scientists and to strengthen the science skills of the communicators.

In this session Patrick is looking forward to exploring ways to capture an audience and enhance that experience through theatre, keeping it exciting without losing the integrity of the subject matter. How we use scripts to evoke responses from, and manipulate* our audiences to get the most out of their experiences.

*Manipulate is a word that has negative connotations but it shouldn’t.


Peter Wilkins (ACT)

Peter is the Artistic Director of the Come Alive Festival of Museum Theatre which is presented annually in association with host cultural institutions and ACT schools. He is a former Executive Committee member of the International Schools Theatre Association and Deputy Chief Examiner of the International Baccalaureate Theatre Arts Committee. Peter is a long-term committee member of the International Museum Theatre Alliance (Asia Pacific) and a retired Drama teacher. 


Jo Clyne (VIC)

Jo is a History education consultant, educator, writer, freelance museum theatre performer and magician. She completed her PhD on Museum Theatre at the University of Melbourne in 2015 and has taught across schools, universities, and cultural institutions for the past 16 years. She has performed both history and magic across Victoria for institutions and events including the Ballarat Heritage Festival, the Melbourne Magic Festival, the Clunes Booktown Festival, and the National Trust of Victoria.  She is happiest when scheming new ways to combine history, magic, and museums and is the current President of the International Museum Theatre Alliance (Asia Pacific).

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