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Educomedy

With 12 years experience in education from Prep to 12, across 3 states and territories and a stint teaching English in Japan, Damian has much to say on the subject.

Since leaving teaching Damian has regularly gone back into schools to perform; talk and run workshops for staff and students. If in the process he's inadvertently used your coffee mug in the staffroom he apologises.

Below are some of the services Damian provides.


STAND-UP FOR TEACHERS

As well as researching the peculiarities of your school or organisation, Damian will muse on his own experiences. He'll comment on everything from the pitfalls of teachers dancing at school socials to dealing with the catholic guilt of leaving extras. He'll provide solutions to the gridlock in sick bay and may even have some advice for those who can't put a face to a name at parent teacher interviews. Damian's ability to get to the heart of the organisation he's speaking to via observation and research adds a personal touch that leaves audiences wanting more.


STAND-UP FOR STUDENTS

Damian has been asked to speak at everything from valedictory dinners to school assemblies. About the only thing he won't do are fire drills.

Damian's rapport with students of all ages is immediate and genuine. He brings the same hands on, interactive approach to speaking engagements as he did to drama teaching. He takes them through a humorous journey through their own experience from the taps to sick bay; from uniform regulations to the sport of emergency teachers. Using the simple device of researching recent school newsletters and magazines Damian gives the impression he may work there. By the end of it the students generally wish he did.


MC - EDUCATIONAL EVENTS

Damian is the perfect MC for educational events as he effortlessly creates a rapport with students; staff; parents and guests. He has MC'd launches; award ceremonies and celebrations deftly balancing the smooth running of the occasion with his humorous slant that keeps the mood buoyant through the sometimes more serious side of the event.


SPEECH NIGHT

Damian has been adapting this solo show for staff professional development days; conferences and staff meetings with much success for several years. He tailors aspects of the show to the group he's performing to by using the device that your group have been invited to come along and see 'The St Basils Speech Night' in action in order to reintroduce the concept into your own school.

The show, in which Damian plays over 10 characters, plays out in real time the last ever "Speech Night" at the infamous St.Basil's College which is being forced to close it's doors. According to the embittered headmaster falling enrolments; reduced government subsidies and lethargic parent auxiliaries have forced the school into an unwanted merger with its more progressive sister school.

At the helm of the sinking ship is Mr. Henry Vestige. A man hell bent on ensuring that the last flicker of conservatism isn't snuffed out without a grass fire.

However at the schools farewell "Speech Night" the firebreak gets out of control as a variety of factors conspire to reveal the unscrupulous headmaster's role in the college's demise.

The night unravels with a blessing from the chaplain; student drama presentations and some illuminating speeches by members of the school community. This is interspersed with the shared wisdom of a number of the school's most famed old boys who've come back to share of their success. The alumni includes a former AFL star with new age sensibilities and a Broadway dancer happy to shred his old school tie.


TELL US HOW TO WRITE A JOKE

Damian regularly performs this hybrid performance workshop to large groups in schools. Rather than just performing routines he takes the audience through the comedy writing process of stand-up, character and sketch comedy and shares hilarious anecdotes about the times things don't go to plan. Part performance, part master class, its an hour the students won't forget.


CLASS CLOWNS

Class clowns is an initiative of The Melbourne International Comedy Festival www.comedyfestival.com/classclowns Damian has been involved with the program since 2001. He and other comedians travels around Australia running workshops and heats with finalists from each state appearing in the national final during the comedy festival each year.


COMEDY WORKSHOPS

Damian runs tailored comedy workshops for any age group focusing on all aspects of comedy - sketch; stand-up; impro; writing; narrative; physical etc.

These can be adapted to your curriculum needs or simply provide an introductory course kickstarting comedy from the point of view of a working professional.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

Some schools have taken the opportunity to employ Damian on a more substantial basis as an artist in residence for a short period. In this way the message spreads to a greater number of students or the school can work towards a more performance oriented outcome.


PREMIERS READING CHALLENGE AMBASSADOR

Damian has been an ambassador for the premiers reading challenge since his inception in 2005. As well as regularly MC'ing the launch and the awards ceremony he makes visits to Victorian schools enrolled in the program to speak about reading and its importance to his work but really spends most of the time telling lies and being stupid.

Another role he performs as ambassador is to take turns reading to Ted Baillueu every night before lights out. A role he would enjoy more if he didn't have to read Hansard ... and if Ted wore pajamas.


NATIONAL LITERACY & NUMERACY WEEK AMBASSADOR

In recognition of his work in education Damian was asked to be a national ambassador for National Literacy & Numeracy Week in 2008 where he attended and hosted events and functions in Melbourne & Canberra.


Clients

Brighton Secondary College
Eummemering College - Endeavour Hills Campus
Eummemering College - Fountain Gate Campus
Gleneagles Secondary College
Whitefriars Secondary College
Erinbank Secondary College
Carey Baptist Grammar
MLC
St Joseph's PS, Hawthorn
St Johns College, Dandenong
St Bedes College, Mentone
St Francis Xavier PS, Box Hill
Sacred Heart College, Kyneton
Dromana Secondary College
Footscray City College
Huntingtower College
Scotch College
Hawthorn Secondary College
Lyndhurst Secondary College
CRC Sydenham
CRC Melton
St Columba's College
Swinburne Senior Secondary College
Woodleigh School
Xavier College
Xavier College - Koscka Hall
Braemar College
Shelford Anglican Girls
St Thomas More's PS - Hadfield
Corpus Christi PS- Glenroy
Myrniong PS
Bacchus Marsh Grammar
University High School
Parade College
Siena College
St Bernard's College
Geelong Grammar
Westbourne Grammar
Thomas Carr College
Lowanna College
Birmingham PS
Corio PS
Haileybury College
Luther College
Melbourne Girls College
Altona PS
Blackburn HS
Mt Lilydale Mercy College
Wodonga PS
Tintern College
Monash University
Deakin University
Victoria University
Cathloic Eductation Office - Melbourne
Catholic Education Office - Sandhurst
AHISA [Associated Heads of Independent Schools]
VPA [Victorian Principal's Association]
CPPA [Catholic Primary Principals Association]
Mercy Schools Inc.
Dept Education & Training Dept. Youth Affairs
Dept. Of The Premier
VIEU [Victorian Independent Education Union]
AEU Australian Education Union
School Librarian Association of Victoria
East Gippsland Schools Network
Moe Area Specialist Schools Network
National Literacy & Numeracy Week Ambassador
Brighton Secondary College [S.A]
Pemboke College [SA]
Menzies College [SA]
Christies Beach HS [SA]
Cornerstone College [SA]
Nazareth College [SA]
St Aloysius College [SA]
Elizabeth College [TAS]
Marist Regional College, Burnie [TAS]
Burnie HS [TAS]
Yolla HS, Burnie [TAS]