The Southport School
Boys are increasingly choosing post-compulsory drama as a subject at The Southport School (TSS) where teacher and practising actor William Horan is inspiring students and colleagues.
William’s passion about the importance of drama education in young boys’ holistic development, and his practical experience as an actor, is helping students connect with real-world experience in acting.
He led the ‘Man Up’ House Drama experience at TSS, which challenged more than 250 students, 1000 audience members and 2000 live-stream viewers from Bush to City to navigate their own path to manhood though theatre.
Having performed in a professional capacity across Queensland, he is able to use his contemporary knowledge, understanding and extensive development of the Australian and State Drama Curriculum to create dynamic learning experiences that are engaging and authentic.
Next year he will lead an individual research project on the ‘Multiple Versions of Masculinity: A Dramatic Approach’, with workshops to be presented at the International Boys’ Schools Coalition Conference.
William fosters creative relationships with professional practitioners through internal/external workshops and performances and has provided opportunities for student involvement in a variety of forums, including local and State art festivals and short-term university acting experiences.
Next year he plans to fund three staff members through a student tour of Broadway in New York to assist them in embedding world leading practices in the Drama subject at TSS.
TSS Deputy Principal Jo Inglis says William is a committed teacher who is highly professional in all his interactions.
“His leadership style is infused with outstanding interpersonal skills that enable strong and sustained partnerships with students, parents, colleagues and others within and beyond the school community,” Jo says.
“William’s leadership is exemplified through his pastoral care immersion, his contribution to Maughan House and his coaching of Cricket, Rugby and Athletics, illustrating his passion for boys’ acquisition of strengths in teamwork, cooperation and collaboration.”
Congratulations William on your nomination.