Bells' Named Legends of Drama Victoria

Congratulations to husband and wife duo Stewart and Philippa Bell of the Haileybury drama department on their career tributes at the recent Drama Australia Conference.

Over the past three years Drama Victoria and Drama Australia have introduced an initiative where they identify senior Drama teachers who have contributed much over the years and may be coming to the end of their careers.

Stewart and Philippa Bell have been very active in the Drama teachers’ association, Drama Victoria for the past 30 plus years, participating in conferences, workshops and in-services.

Both teachers were given ‘Legend’ status, along with 50 other drama teachers from across the state. The ‘Legends’ were formally acknowledged with a presentation and dramatisation of their stories.

Stuart and Pip Bell named "Legends" at the 2018 Drama Australia Conference.

It is very special for Haileybury to have two teachers who have shown the passion and staminia to lead as heads of departments for decades identified as leaders in their field.

They have had an impact on so many students over the years, passing on their knowledge to generations of performing arts stars.

“The reason I act today!” said past student Madeleine Somers.

While Rachel Laing, mother of 2018 graduate and Haileybury Drama Medalist, Grace said the pair are "so deserving. I cannot thank Stewart enough for all the incredible support and dedication he showed to Grace through her time at Haileybury how lucky we are.".

The sheer number of past and present students singing the praises of this dynamic duo speaks volumes of the lasting impression they have had on our Haileybury students and beyond.

David Simpson said “Both Stewart and Pip gave me the chance to participate in drama while at school almost 20 years ago. Whilst my talent didn't match their passion, the opportunity gave me a taste of what immense value the Arts have on education. Bravo to them both!”

Stewart currently acts as Haileybury’s Director of Visual and Performing Arts, focusing on VCE Drama and Theatre Studies.

While Philippa leads the new campus program as Head of Performing Arts (City) with a focus on Primary and Middle years.

Both were also interviewed by Drama Victoria and had their quotes used in a play which premiered on Friday at the Drama Australia conference held at the VCA in Melbourne.

These interviews are used to pass on their advice and experience to younger teachers to access at any time.