Forum on Educational Theatre Preview #8

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Preparations for the Forum on Educational Theatre April 21-24, 2016 are well underway. To register, To register, visit the registration page.

As we gear up for the event, we will post descriptions of some of the presentations–one of which appears below:


Plenary Panel: Global Research Current in Educational Theatre

Chair:  Philip Taylor, NYU (IDIERI 1, Brisbane 1995)


Carole Miller, University of Victoria, (IDIERI 2, Vancouver Island, 1997)

Juliana Saxton, University of Victoria, IDIERI 2, Vancouver Island, 1997)

Cecily O’Neill, The Ohio State University (IDIERI 3, Columbus, 2000)

Ross Prior, University of Wolverhampton (IDIERI 4, Northampton, 20003)

Brian Heap, University of West Indies (IDIERI 5, Kingston, 2006)

Michael Anderson, University of Sydney (IDIERI 6, Sydney, 2009)

Michael Finneran, University of Limerick (IDIERI 7, Limerick, 2012)

Prue Wales, National Institute of Education (IDIERI 8, Singapore, 2015)

Peter O’Connor, University of Auckland (IDIERI 9, Auckland, 2018)

Conveners of the International Drama in Education Research Institute reflect on the field and its development.

Philip Taylor was director of the NYU Educational Theatre program 2003-2012. He is now Director of Doctoral Studies for the Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions and author of influential texts. He is an avid vintage movie poster collector, and enjoys writing at Katharine Hepburn’s table (she was a four time Oscar winner).

Carole Miller and Juliana Saxton are both emeriti professors at the University of Victoria, holding adjunct professorships in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and adjunct appointments at the University of Sydney, Australia. Each is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching award. Together they chaired the 2nd International Drama in Education Research Institute 1997, were responsible for the Academic Program for the 5th World Congress of IDEA 2004 and served as the Reflective Keynote speakers for IDEA 2007 in Hong Kong. Their collaborative research is primarily situated in pre-service teacher education with a focus on inquiry-based instruction, applied theatre and the relationship of brain research to theatre practice. Their award-winning book, Into the Story: Language in Action through Drama (2004 Heinemann) will be followed in 2016 by Into the Story 2: More Stories! More Drama! (Intellect, UK/ University of Chicago Press).

Ross W. Prior, PhD, is a teacher, author, academic, and former producer, performer, director, and casting/theatrical agent. He is Professor of Learning and Teaching in the arts in Higher Education at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He is best known for his book Teaching Actors: knowledge transfer in actor training (Intellect & University of Chicago Press) and his work in applied arts and health as Founder Principal Editor of the Journal of Applied Arts and Health for seven years to date. He has a record of research surrounding learning and teaching within a range of educational and training settings.


Dr. Brian Heap is tenured Senior Lecturer and Head of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, where he has taught and supervised undergraduate and graduate Drama programs for the past 20 years. Brian is internationally recognized as an authority on Process Drama and has an extensive research and publication record in this field. He also engages in consultancy, staff development and project work relating to drama as a pedagogical process and has served in leadership roles nationally and internationally including consultation in drama for Jamaica’s National Curriculum. He was convener of the Fifth International Drama in Education Research Institute in Jamaica in 2006.

Dr. Michael Anderson is Professor (Arts and Creativity) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. His research and teaching concentrates the role of creativity, the arts (particularly drama) and play have on learning. This work has evolved into a program of research and publication that engages with arts classrooms directly. His recent publications explore how aesthetic education and research is changing learning in the 21st Century. These publications include: Applied Theatre: Research (with Peter O’Connor, Bloomsbury, 2015), Partnerships in Education Research: Creating Knowledge that Matters (with Kelly Freebody, Bloomsbury, 2014), Masterclass in Drama Education (Continuum, UK), Teaching the Screen, Film Education for Generation Next (with Miranda Jefferson), Drama with Digital Technology (with John Carroll and David Cameron, Continuum, 2009) and Real Players: Drama, Education and Technology (with John Carroll and David Cameron Trentham, 2006).

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Dr. Michael Finneran is a Senior Lecturer in drama at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland, where he is Director of the BA in Contemporary & Applied Theatre Studies and supervises graduate research. Michael is the reviews editor and a member of the editorial board of RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre & Performance. He was academic director for the 7th IDiERI (International Drama in Education Research Institute), held in Limerick in July 2012. He is co-editor of Drama and Social Justice: Theory, research and practice in international contexts (Routledge, 2016) and co-editor of Education and Theatres – Innovation, Outreach and Success, forthcoming from Springer in 2017.


Prue Wales is Assistant Professor in Drama Education in the Visual and Performing Arts Group at Nanyang Technological University. In 2015 she was Conference Director of the 8th International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI). Her research interests include drama/theatre education, identity/subjectivities, drama with new medias, and performed research.

Peter O’Connor is Professor of Education and Director of the Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre at the University of Auckland. He was a founding co director of Applied Theatre Consultants Ltd.