Educational Theatre in the Time of COVID-19

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ArtsPraxis Volume 7, Issue 2
ISSN: 1552-5236

ArtsPraxis Volume 7, Issue 2 looks to engage members of the global Educational Theatre community in dialogue around current research and practice. This call for papers is released in concert with the publication of ArtsPraxis Volume 7, Issue 1 and upon the launch of the new ArtsPraxis homepage. The submission deadline for Volume 7, Issue 2 is July 15, 2020.

Submissions should fall under the category of Educational Theatre in the Time of COVID-19

Call for Papers:

Papers should be no longer than 4,000 words, must be accompanied by a 200 word abstract and 100 word biographies for the author(s), and conform to APA style manual. For this issue, articles can include traditional academic scholarship and narratives of practice.

Educational Theatre in the Time of COVID-19

From the time government agencies and the press reported the emergence of a novel corona virus in late 2019, there has been a fundamental shift in the way we congregate, communicate, and educate across the world. Artists and educators have been called upon to reinvent their practice seemingly overnight. While we struggle to balance our personal health and wellness, our community contributions remain as vital as ever. In tribute to this reinvention, ArtsPraxis invites you to share your scholarship, practice, and praxis. As we’ve asked before, we welcome teachers, drama therapists, applied theatre practitioners, theatre-makers, performance artists, and scholars to offer vocabularies, ideas, strategies, practices, measures, and outcomes.

Article submissions should address one of the following questions:

• How and why do we teach drama and theatre through distance learning?
• How do teaching artists navigate residencies in a virtual space?
• What is the role of drama education during a pandemic?
• How do we prepare future theatre artists and educators when fieldwork is disrupted?
• What are innovative ways of devising original works and/or teaching theatre using various aesthetic forms, media, and/or technology?
• How can integrated-arts curricula facilitate teaching, learning and presenting the craft of theatre in an online environment?
• How do we assess students’ aesthetic understanding and awareness online?
• How can drama provide a forum to explore ideas online?
• What are innovative strategies for using drama to stimulate dialogue, interaction and change at this time?
• How is theatre being used to rehabilitate people in prisons, health facilities, and elsewhere when social distancing is mandated and a health crisis is evolving in these spaces?
• What ethical questions should the artist/educator consider in online work?
• How is theatre for young audiences innovating in the digital space?
• Theatre for Young Audiences has always been in the forefront of theatrical innovation. So how can social distancing be achieved while presenting work for young audiences?
• How do we define and measure success in theatre for young audiences in the digital space?

We encourage article submissions from interdisciplinary artists, educators, and scholars engaged in work associated with these topics. Our goals are to motivate a dialogue among a wide variety of practitioners and researchers that will enrich the development of educational theatre in the coming years.

Dr. Jonathan P. Jones, New York University

Editorial Board:

• Selina Busby, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK
• Amy Cordileone, New York University, USA
• Ashley Hamilton, University of Denver, USA
• Norifumi Hida, Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, Japan
• Kelly Freebody, The University of Sydney, Australia
• Byoung-joo Kim, Seoul National University of Education, South Korea
• David Montgomery, New York University, USA
• Ross Prior, University of Wolverhampton, UK
• Daphnie Sicre, Loyola Marymount University, USA
• James Webb, Bronx Community College, USA
• Gustave Weltsek, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Reviewing Procedures:

Each article will be sent to two peer reviewers. They will provide advice on the following:

• Whether the article should be published with no revisions/with revisions.
• The contribution the article makes to the arts community.
• Specific recommendations to the author about improving the article.
• Other publishing outlets if the article is considered unacceptable.

Papers should be sent to:
Dr. Jonathan P. Jones
Include ‘ArtsPraxis Submission’ in the subject line.

Making Gay History: Before Stonewall

The Making Gay History: Before Stonewall cast
The Making Gay History: Before Stonewall cast poses with Eric Marcus (back row, third from left) and Joe Salvatore (back row, fourth from left) during rehearsal. (Courtesy of Eric Marcus)

A new production featuring oral histories of LGBTQ+ activism comes to the Provincetown Playhouse beginning February 28.

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Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—those six pivotal days of unrest that dramatically accelerated the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights. But LGBTQ+ activism was alive long before that galvanizing moment in New York City.   

Making Gay History: Before Stonewall, a new production from NYU Steinhardt’s Educational Theatre program, brings those stories to the stage February 28—March 8 at the Provincetown Playhouse (133 MacDougal Street). The production gathers oral histories from activists and witnesses to history who laid the groundwork for the LGBTQ+ movement.

Creator Joe Salvatore, a clinical associate professor in Educational Theatre, adapted the production from Eric Marcus’ award-winning book Making Gay History: The Half Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights,which was later developed into a popular podcast of the same name. For the two editions of his 1992 book, Marcus recorded interviews with more than 100 people, including movement pioneers Barbara Gittings, Kay Lahusen, and Frank Kameny, as well as trans icons Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.

“Many people have no idea there was a history before Stonewall,” says Marcus. “I think it will be revelatory for people attending the show to hear the inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking stories of people who lived and fought for our rights during times that were far more difficult than our own.”

Salvatore translated those histories into a script, which draws heavily on “verbatim performance”—a style of acting that reproduces a person’s speech patterns, gestures, and more—in order to bring history to life in a truly physical way.

“It is such a privilege to work with Eric Marcus and his archive,” says Salvatore. “By adapting the podcast into a verbatim documentary theatre performance, we have been able to investigate the intricacies of speech patterns and cadence of the original speakers, and our discoveries through that process have revealed new layers of understanding about these trailblazers and their experiences.”

Salvatore also cast “against type,” where possible, so that actors sometimes portray a different gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity or age than their own. “This choice allows actors to investigate the experiences that are different from their own and asks the audience to hear stories in a different way than they might have come to expect,” he says.  

“The way Joe works makes for incredibly powerful theater,” adds Marcus, who’s been attending rehearsals. “I watched the young actor who plays Wendell Sayers, the first African American attorney to work in the Colorado State Attorney General’s office back in the 1950s. Referencing my original audio tapes and using Joe’s methodology, the actor was able to embrace who Wendell was and let Wendell speak through him. It was haunting and moving to watch his transformation and to hear Wendell share his life with us as if he were there on stage.”

See the full list of dates below. Tickets are available for purchase via the NYU Box Office.

Friday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 29 at 3:00 p.m. (with ASL interpretation)
Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.

ATeacher’s Resource Guide is available for classroom teachers.

Alumni Spotlight: Ursula Hellberg Kaid

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Ursula Hellberg Kaid graduated with an MA in Educational Theatre in January 2019, specializing in applied theatre

Tell us about yourself.

I am a Chilean actress and educator. I have a BA in Theatre from Universidad de Chile and I graduated from the MA in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities in 2019. I am passionate about movement and Contemporary Dance disciplines, as well as literature, films, visual art, and traveling. My Educational Theatre practice happens as a dialogue –a dance– of Theatre and Education. My theatre work nourishes my educational experience vastly and, being in the classroom makes me grow and understand new perspectives.

Can you recall a memorable in-class or general NYU experience that struck you as particularly meaningful?

My participation in the 2018 NYU Educational Theatre Forum “Performance as Activism”. I presented a narrative called “Scaffolding the Streets” and shared the experience of doing Street Theatre with the Chilean ensemble “Teatro Errante”. Conceived as a retrospective of the work, I told that story that involved theatre, social justice, community organization, and politics.

I also have to mention the beautiful community that emerged from my years at NYU. Almost a year after graduating, I performed in a devised play called “Somos Más” directed by Zafi Dimitropoulou from People’s Theatre Project. I felt more than grateful and happy to see the NYU community of friends, professors, and staff coming to see the show. Even though the majority of my classes were from the Ed Theatre program; I was able to take a class from the International Education program, which provided meaningful insight to my learning process. In both programs everyone collaborated in creating a space for us to become the community we are today, while enriching my academic and professional practice in the process.

What is something about your identity that has impacted the way you approach Educational Theatre work?

I believe everything related to my identity impacts my work; I can’t detach from it. Personally, it is present from the moment I do lesson planning, when I am in the classroom, or when I am about to perform on stage. This makes me think of how the fact of being away from Chile in such an historical moment for my country, having the possibility to study at NYU, and living abroad has had such an important impact on my life, and how it has led me to comprehend and rethink my identity.

Alumni Spotlight: Saharra Dixon

Saharra Dixon

Saharra Dixon graduated with an MA in Educational Theatre in January 2020, specializing in applied theatre

Tell Us About Yourself

I am a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) and Community-engaged Theatre Artist. Primarily, I curate interactive and educational arts-based health and social justice interventions, workshops, and performances. I use theatre techniques like play, devising, scripting, improvisation, and Theatre of the Oppressed to achieve this. I believe the arts can be used as a powerful tool for behavioral and social change. I work to empower communities to engage in their own learning process. My expertise is in reproductive justice, maternal/child health, adolescent health, minority health, and sexual health. Originally from Atco, NJ, I began training as a performing artist at New Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, PA (under the direction of Walter Dallas and Patricia Scott-Hobbs), and continued working with many artists and teachers. I’ve worked with United Way, Planned Parenthood, NYU, University of Delaware, and several communities. I am currently a Sexual and Reproductive Health Educator. I received my MA in Educational Theatre from NYU, BS in Health Behavior Science from University of Delaware, and am a CHES® as recognized by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

Can you recall a memorable in-class or general NYU experience that struck you as particularly meaningful?

I am very vocal about my participation in the Theatre and Health Lab’s As Performance Series. I discuss my experience almost every chance I get because it was so monumental for me in terms of my own healing and academic and professional development. Turbulence is an original play exploring the experiences of creative arts therapists and health education specialists who identify as Black and Brown People of Color (BPOC) that was staged at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City from April 11-14th, 2019. It was written by Daimaah Mubashir, director Britton Williams and members of the ensemble. This resulted in a participatory action research (PAR) process led by Dr. Nisha Sajnani and Britton Williams. This process allowed me to explore and observe the devising process and how transformative theatre can truly be. It also taught me how to take care of myself and others as a facilitator.

Another memorable moment was my Summer 2019 study abroad trip to Ireland with Professor Joe Salvatore. Aside from working directly with Ireland’s finest theatre practitioners, the experience helped me better articulate my artistry, learn from my peers, and explore different methods for my work. Phil Kingston’s (Abbey Theatre) Asking For It workshop, co-writing a script in four days, and site-specific work at Giant’s Causeway were meaningful to me.

What’s next for you?

I will continue advocating for theatre and public health. I’d eventually like to lead a program that explores similar themes, because arts-based inquiry is important. I’d also like to produce more work; I’m currently developing an immersive theatre in health education experience for young audiences. You can learn more about my work at This degree can do so much for you. Take advantage of the opportunities, articulate, network, and believe in yourself!

Alumni Spotlight: Eric Gelb

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Eric Gelb graduated with a BS in Educational Theatre in January 2020, specializing in theatre performance and production

Tell us about your culminating project.

My final project was a site-specific production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The show was staged in a real gym where the audience sat in plastic chairs and watched the show under the fluorescent lights of a middle school gymnasium! I knew that I wanted my final mark on the university to be something that rang true to my personal belief in the necessity of musical theatre, but agreed with the conventions of theatre that the program had taught me–namely, I wanted it to radicalize familiar art, encouraging non-traditional modes of presentation (applied theatre, site-specific theatre) and based in ensemble work. But I’m a commercial musical theatre artist who works on Broadway and elsewhere as a director, producer, and teacher. I’m passionate about placing people of color at the forefront of my work, revisiting popular, pre-existing works, and challenging harmful stereotypes in theatre. So the meeting of the minds was palpable in this ensemble show which was originally an improvised play with nine diverse performers who took on multiple roles.

My objective was to create a stimulating experience so audiences could sympathize with the pressure of winning a competition for a reason pre-pubescents often haven’t yet found. Physically placing everyone in the place it is set in increased the stakes and authenticity of the show. It made attending an experience. Gaining entry wasn’t just showing a ticket and sitting for 2 hours. The gym smelled of waxed linoleum, with a basketball hoop and soccer balls everywhere. It evoked nostalgia from middle school that can’t be recreated with set and props. The fluorescent lights stayed on, giving audiences permission to reflect upon their experiences when they were the same age, going through those hardships, EVEN when uncomfortable (listen to “Chip’s Lament” if you are unfamiliar). The gym contextualized the pressure placed on students when they are ultimately at a spelling bee in a hot gymnasium, competing for a plastic trophy and bragging rights.

What is something about your identity that has impacted the way you approach Educational Theatre work?

I’m a queer person of color who is pursuing a career in an industry that places value on appearance, either directly or indirectly. However frustrating it may be to see my black and brown peers work twice as hard as others in order to gain the same respect as their white peers, it is extremely rewarding in being able to be, potentially (for me), the only gay or Asian leader a student has in their young life thus far.  When we say “representation matters”, sometimes this means that your impact is not a program or a billboard displaying the huge effect your mere presence in a space has on your students, but in subtle ways (students confiding in you and opening up in your classroom in ways they may not have felt comfortable to otherwise) that still let us know that our fight to be seen and validated in the field is worthwhile.

Announcing Auditions for Educational Theatre’s Spring 2020 Main Stage Production

The Program in Educational Theatre announces auditions for its Spring 2020 Main Stage Production directed by Joe Salvatore:

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A new verbatim documentary theatre project adapted from the Making Gay History podcast. The project will explore LGBTQ+ history prior to the Stonewall uprising in 1969.

In Winter 2020, NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theatre will produce a verbatim documentary theatre project adapted from the Making Gay History podcast. The series draws its material from interviews conducted by journalist and author Eric Marcus in the late 1980s and early 1990s and that he published as two books: Making History (1992) and Making Gay History (2002). In 2016, Marcus was asked to turn the original audio files of his interviews into a podcast series, which resulted in the release of five seasons, a special Stonewall 50 season, and a sixth season in October 2019.

Marcus approached Joe Salvatore, Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre and verbatim documentary theatre practitioner to collaborate on the creation of a live performance version of Making Gay History, requesting that the project focus on LGBTQ+ history before the Stonewall uprising in 1969. The intention is for the resulting play to be performed by high schools, colleges, and universities across the country as a way to teach LGBTQ+ history.

The project seeks actors from diverse backgrounds and experiences for an ensemble production of the play that may also include music inspired by the songs of Edythe Eyde. Actors who sing and/or play guitar, ukulele, and/or piano are encouraged to audition. Please note that in this particular style of verbatim performance participants/characters are often portrayed by actors of other races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, and orientations.

Rehearsals will begin on or around January 18, 2020, and will occur 5-6 days a week with the opening performance scheduled for February 28, 2020.

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, February 28, 8pm 
  • Saturday, February 29, 8pm
  • Sunday, March 1, 3pm
  • Monday, March 2, 10am
  • Thursday, March 5, 8pm
  • Friday, March 6, 10am
  • Friday, March 6, 8pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 3pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 8pm
  • Sunday, March 8, 3pm

Location: Provincetown Playhouse at 133 Macdougal Street, NYC 

Audition dates, times, and locations:

Friday, November 15, 1:00-4:00pm (Education Building, Room 770)

Saturday, November 16, Noon-5:00pm (Education Building, Room 307)

Sunday, November 17, 1:00-4:00pm (Education Building, Room 779)

Interested actors can click on this link to sign up for an audition slot. You will be taken to a website where you can select an audition date/time. If you have conflicts with the scheduled auditions, please reach out to Joe Salvatore ( to consider an alternative audition date and time. For the auditions, actors should prepare the following:

  • One of the speeches available at this link.
  • A short movement piece, no more than 2 minutes, set to a piece of music. Please bring a device (phone, tablet, laptop) to play your music. We’re interested in seeing how you complete an action while music is playing and/or tell a story through movement. THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE ADVANCED CHOREOGRAPHY. You can tie your shoes to a Beyoncé song.
  • An awareness of one of the episodes of the Making Gay History podcast and why it speaks to you.
  • A theatrical resume (headshot/photo optional but not required)
  • Your Spring 2020 class schedule and any other pre-existing personal conflicts from January 13 through March 8, 2020.
  • 16 bars of a song to be sung acapella (no accompaniment) (optional)

If you have questions, please contact Joe Salvatore at

World Drama 2019 Speakers Series – African American / Black Theatre

This fall, the World Drama course at NYU Steinhardt / Program in Educational Theatre welcomes a variety of theatre professionals to discuss the diverse theatre companies here in New York City. Please join us to hear about the companies and their artistic staff, productions, and vision for theatre in our great city.

The second event is Wednesday, November 6

6:45 – 8:25PM

Pless Hall, 1st Floor Lounge

82 Washington Square East

Panelists include:

Andrew Clarke – Braata Productions

Andrew Clarke is a singer, actor, aspiring playwright/director and serves as founder/artistic director for both Braata Folk Singers and Braata Productions.  A graduate of the Edna Manley College (Faculty of Drama), Clarke is a 2008 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture.  In that same year he also represented Jamaica at the World Championships for the Performing Arts in Hollywood, California where he was crowned Grand Champion Performer of the World.

His stage credits include David Heron’s “Ecstasy” (UK tour) and a Jamaican adaptation of James Baldwin’s “Amen Corner” for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role by the International Theatre Institute – Jamaica Chapter (ITI) Actor Boy Awards (Jamaica’s Tony Awards). An accomplished vocalist with 30 gold medals and numerous national awards from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) National Festival of the Performing Arts Competition in Speech, Music and Drama. Other awards include 15 overall National Awards including Best Actor and Male Vocalist.

AJ Muhammad – Fire This Time Festival

A.J. Muhammad has a background in audience development, arts administration, dramaturgy and library public services. He has dramaturged many productions directed by the educator, activist and director Dr. Daniel Banks in New York City, regionally and internationally. Along with Neyda Martinez he co-developed and implemented the pilot phase of the New Audience Project, an initiative to develop and train Latina cultural ambassadors in support of Latino arts institutions through arts immersion, workforce development and micro-entrepreneurism. The New Audience Project received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and was incubated at The Fire This Time Festival’s East 4th St. neighbor Teatro Circulo. A.J. also completed the Artist Manager Program (AMP) training program at The Field.

Shaun Neblett – Changing Perceptions Theater

Over the past 17 years, Shaun Neblett has created and managed multiple youth theater programs throughout low-income neighborhoods in New York City.  He is the founder of Changing Perceptions Theater, a theater company that provides theater and performance training to youth in urban communities. As a playwright, Shaun was produced Off- Broadway when he was 18 years old at the Public Theater. Since then, his plays have been produced internationally, Off- Broadway and at regional theater venues. He is completing his “7 Homages for 7 MCs” play cycle, which is a suite of seven original plays that originate from the spirit of classic hip-hop albums. Shaun’s first completed play in the cycle pays tribute to the rapper Nas’ debut album Illmatic and was referenced by African American scholar Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as “A great play that evokes a sense of history and a sense of intimacy with people who nurture you, surround you and are a mystery to you.”

If you wish to attend, RSVP here.

Our final event for the semester will be Wednesday, December 4 – Asian American Theatre. Please let Dr. Jonathan Jones know if you have any questions.

Bravo to the Cast and Crew of ‘The Good Soul of Szechuan’

By David Montgomery

Congratulations to everybody involved in the Program in Educational Theatre’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Soul of Szechuan. What a pleasure it was to see such an outstanding production of Brecht performed in the Black Box Theatre on Thursday night (October 24)!

NYU Steinhardt Program in Educational Theatre - 'Good Soul of Szechuan' Poster, 2019

Exquisitely directed by Dr. Nancy Smither, many of Brecht’s theatre techniques were brilliantly used, including the use of captions, music, songs, actors playing several roles, direct addresses to the audience, and plenty of humor mixed with serious themes and moments. All of these theatrical techniques supported and enhanced the play’s structure, which was translated by David Harrower. Following the actions of the character of Shen Te/Shui Ta, the play explores whether in order to do good we must sometimes do evil, and whether true goodness is possible in a poverty-filled world. 

This parable exploring good and evil embodied Brecht’s vision of a theater that simultaneously entertains, teaches and provokes questions and thought. Tonight I was so impressed by the talented ensemble’s ability to convey all these things. The 17 cast members worked together seamlessly to present a provocative and compelling interpretation of this historically significant play that felt fresh and new. And Anthony Sun Prickett’s original music and musical numbers further added meaningful weight to the tone and mood of the piece. 

The wonderfully versatile ensemble of actors  included:

  • Elise Baum
  • Theo Blumstein
  • Jason Goldwin Chang
  • Christine Drayer
  • Irene Guo
  • Madeline Hoak
  • Asha John
  • Beryl Liu
  • Rita Liu
  • Laura Amancha Negrete
  • Xiaojin Niu
  • Eve Price
  • Kevin Qian
  • Sarah Reed
  • Ash Russell
  • Gretchen Vosburgh
  • Sara Wu 

Tim McMath’s set design was perfect, seemingly simple yet highly inventive. Praise must also be given to Lighting Designer Daryl Embry, Costume Designer Michelle Humprey, Sound Designer Ernesto Valenzuela, assistant directors/dramaturgs Jin Dong and Anthony Sun Prickett, assistant stage managers Megan Abbanat and Hoa Thi Kahnh Tran, and the always reliable and talented Production Stage Manager, Kristina Varshavskaya. 

Bravo to you all!

There are only three remaining shows at the Black Box Theatre at 82 Washington Square East—including Friday night (Oct. 24) at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm, and this Sunday at 3pm.

So don’t miss this illuminating and entertaining production! 

Catch it before it closes!

Community Engaged Theatre

PhD alumna Ashley Lauren Hamilton received a multi-million dollar grant to support the DU Prison Arts Initiative at Denver University in 2019. This fall, her important work was featured in The New York Times. A brief excerpt from the article follows.

Ashley Hamilton, center, who directed the prodcution, led a mindfulness exercise before the performance. Credit - Trent Davis Bailey for The New York Times
Ashley Hamilton, center, who directed the production, led a mindfulness exercise before the performance. Credit: Trent Davis Bailey for The New York Times

STERLING, Colo. — The cast was strip-searched before boarding the bus to their show. The leading man was shackled so tightly that he performed with abrasions on his wrists. And the moment the men finished their bows and the house lights came up, they had to slip out of costume and back into green prison uniforms.

So goes life on the road for a production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” put on by 30 medium-security inmates of the Sterling Correctional Facility, out on Colorado’s remote eastern plains. While prison plays have been around for decades, the challenge of this show was audaciously new: It went on tour.

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Ashley Lauren Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Denver and the Founder and Co-Director of the DU Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI). Ashley’s work is vast, ranging from teaching full time, creating theatre and performance in medium and maximum security prisons and directing and devising university and professional work in Colorado and New York. Ashley’s research focuses on the complexities of teaching and creating theatre in prisons and how this practice can be used as a resource for authentic dialogue, affectual experience, transformation and lasting rehabilitation, leading her to launch DU PAI in late 2017. Ashley has a PhD in Applied/Educational Theatre from New York University where she focused on applied theatre, theatre for social change and devising theatre. Ashley also has an MA from New York University in Applied/Educational Theatre, Theatre for Communities and a BFA in Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ashley is also in the process of becoming a registered drama therapist (RDT).

ArtsPraxis Volume 6 Issue 2

Cover image from a 2018 NYU Steinhardt, Program in Drama Therapy production of "Living with...", written in collaboration with four long term survivors of HIV and three newly diagnosed adults based on months of group therapy sessions.

ArtsPraxis – Volume 6, Issue 2 engages members of the global Educational Theatre community in dialogue around current research and practice on theatre and heath.

The first collection of articles highlight reflective practice. Lawrence Ashford explores interactions between professional performers and young people in Australian hospitals. Bianca C. Frazer looks at the deconstruction of stereotypes about diabetes on stage. James Webb reflects on the personal impact of writing, acting, and sharing his autobiographical play, The Contract, detailing his struggles as a gay man in the Black Church in the United States. Faith Busika and Zandile Mqwathi discuss drama processes employed to address mental health and promote wellbeing in South Africa. Finally, Yi-Chen Wuunpacks her experience collaborating with a woman with cerebral palsy and the woman’s performance of her autobiographical memory.

The second section features a pair of critically reflective articles with recommendations for practitioners and researchers. Alyssa Digges advocates for a mental health and wellness curriculum for students in actor training programs. Teresa A. Fisheranalyzes failures in a theatre for health project, specifically looking at the facilitator’s role in such a project.

The final pair of articles look to examine existing practice and repertoire. William Pinchin connects Jung’s collective unconscious theory and Lecoq’s understanding of a universal poetic sense, reevaluating the neutral mask. Finally, Majeed Mohammed Midhin and Samer Abid Rasheed Farhan interrogate the healing power of theatre through a discussion of contemporary prison theatre praxis and the representations made in Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good.

This issue of ArtsPraxi is available for download.

Access individual articles here:

Editorial: On Mindfulness by Jonathan P. Jones

The Flexible Performer in Applied Theatre: In-hospital Interaction with Captain Starlight by Lawrence Ashford

“Where’s Your Imagination?”: Using the Social Model to Deconstruct Stereotypes about Diabetes on Stage by Bianca C. Frazer

A Critical Autobiography: Examining the Impact of a Theatre-Making Process on a Theatre Practitioner’s Identity Development by James Webb

Addressing Mental Health in South Africa Using the Djembe Drum and Storytelling to Open up the Dialogue of Finding, Owning, and Using Your Voice in the Home as a Christian Woman by Faith Busika and Zandile Mqwathi

Towards an Approach of Performise: I Am a Normal Person (2018) as a Case Study by Yi-Chen Wu

Preventing Actor Burnout through a Mental Health and Wellness Curriculum by Alyssa Digges

Bad Facilitation or the Wrong Approach?: Unpacking the Failure of a Theatre for Health Project by Teresa A. Fisher

The Shadow of the Neutral Mask: A Jungian Examination of Lecoq-based Neutral Mask Praxis by William Pinchin

The Healing Power of Theatre in Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good by Majeed Mohammed Midhin and Samer Abid Rasheed Farhan