BIOGRAPHY

 

Colin Schumacher

MA (Theatre and Film Studies) UNSW.      B.Ed (Drama Film and Television) Deakin University.

Colin is the founder of  Making Meaning On Screen Pty Ltd since 2003 and presents teacher and industry training in film production, screen aesthetics and film literacy in a raft of seven screen workshop programs, and has trained over 4,000 K-12 teachers in Australia and Asia.  Colin was Senior Lecturer (Charles Sturt University) in Writing and Directing for Television  production and  has taught for television production houses in Thailand, Vietnam, The Maldives and Taiwan and a consultant for the Channel 7 network – Australia and writer for  the Disney Channel.  

His textbook Making Meaning On Screen  - a Student Handbook was published in 2007 with the second edition planned for 2018. Creating The Seamless Screen Story which teaches advanced film production and film literacy will be published in 2019. 

Colin presents Australian Government-funded innovative documentary workshop programs: Our School=Our Community and Digital Self-Portrait to schools in regional Australia. His film workshops have been presented in Thailand, Japan, Portugal, Malaysia, Singapore and India. Developing cross-cultural film narrative and documentary exchanges.  

Colin has taught and directed theatre in Thailand for 30 years often with Mom Dusdi Paribatra (Princess Sukhumabinan).

Including seven Thai main stage theatre productions most recently Der Freischutz for the Metropolitan Opera of Bangkok. And writing and directing cross-cultural Thai physical theatre  productions.

He has trained over 5,000 primary and secondary teachers in Creative Drama Techniques across Thailand.

Earlier, Colin worked in Australian television for many years including  A Country PracticeFilm Australia, the 7 Network and script writing for Disney.
Colin has a passion for teaching film for primary and secondary teachers and students, and regularly presents his research at international and national conferences.

He has directed over 80 theatre productions from Shakespeare to Rock Opera for the Griffin, Ensemble, Riverina, U25, Theatre South, Young Vic (London), Salle Malesherbes (Paris), La Boite, The  Queensland Theatre Company, JUTE, and Nouveau Teatro Compagnie.

In Australia he has directed and taught at Actors Centre Australia, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Griffith University, Macquarie University, Sydney University,  Actors College of Theatre and Television, the McDonald College of Performing Arts, the Sydney Institute of Technology and Bond University. 

Overseas he has directed and taught at Thammarsat University, Rajabhat University; Mahidol University, Nakonsawon, Surin, and Meanprasatvittaya; the Hanoi Film and TV Academy, and HTV (Vietnam). 

Colin has been a senior marker for NSW BOS HSC Drama, and an advisor to  educational forums.
He has presented his research at International conferences: ELLTA Bangkok(2017); BRICS (New Delhi 2016-17); ELLTA Penang (2014); InSea-Mebourne (2011); InSea - Osaka (2008); IDEA Hong Kong (2007), and at UNESCO World Creative Arts Conference, Portugal (2006).
He presents at state and national Drama and English ETA conferences.

Colin has been a board member of Actors Centre Australia with patron Hugh Jackman and supports the development of film production and film literacy techniques and publishes textbooks, courseware and teaching resources.