Dave Kelman has worked for the past thirty years as a director, writer, researcher and drama educator in Melbourne Australia and Leeds UK. As Artistic Director of Western Edge Youth Arts (2006 to present), he has directed widely acclaimed, community youth theatre work and an innovative artists-in-schools program.
Major Community and Education Works: Recent stand out work for Western Edge includes: Caliban (2016) and Iago (2015) which were both performed in a sell-out seasons at The Malthouse, receiving stella reviews and attracting diverse audiences.
Performer/Writer: He has toured nationally with his own award-winning Theatre-in-Education Company Dog Theatre (1996-99, Buckley’s Chance Drama Victoria – ‘Best School’s Show’ 1998) through Nexus Arts and pioneered hip-hop theatre in UK – Union City (1995) for the Yorkshire Dance Centre, and in Australia, Casino City (1996) for Footscray Community Arts Centre.
Lecturer and Researcher: Kelman is currently a regular lecturer in arts education at the University of Melbourne. His research has been widely published in refereed books and journals and he was a keynote speaker at the 2010 International Drama and Theatre in Education Congress in Brazil. He was awarded a PhD in Drama Education at the University of Melbourne (2009).