Collective residencies / PEDAGOGICAL INNOVATION II / Olot


From Friday, 8 March 2019 to Saturday, 16 March 2019

PhD, Theatre Education


His research focuses on research-based theatre and performed research. He has published extensively in the areas of theatre & drama education and arts-based research. His latest co-edited book Research-based Theatre: An Artistic Methodology (Intellect, 2016) explores a variety of international projects that use theatre to examine social issues. He is a professionally trained actor, and has participated in over 100 theatre productions as an actor, director, or playwright. His recent piece Contact!Unload, co-developed with military veterans, artists and counselors, has been performed for a variety of audiences, including politicians at Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa and for Prince Harry in London, UK. He is Peter Wall Scholar and has received a number of awards for his scholarship and was inducted into the College of the Royal Society of Canada (2017).


During my FABER Residency I will continue to work on key sections of two book projects that look at pedagogical and research innovation. Both books explore innovative ways to integrate theatre as a mode of learning in schools and community. The first book project is based in elementary schools where I have been doing research with a number of teachers on creativity and drama, as pedagogical approaches to learning. The second book project traces an initiative with military veterans and community members with the objective of educating the public about coping and healing from trauma-related injuries.

Inspirational week to generate creative work

FABER provides a rich opportunity for colleagues to exchange ideas over food while being immersed in a beautiful rural setting. The calmness and natural beauty around Olot inspired me to accomplish a great deal of writing during my time in residence. Stimuli and inspiration emerged from the physical place and the diverse international people gathered. Our group consisted of artists, architects, educators and researchers who for the most part were exploring space and translation, and within those themes we could share our understanding of these concepts from our varying perspectives. The walks, running, and cycling in the area, whether on my own or in small groups, enabled ideas to emerge. The staff (Gavina and Pau) and Director (Francesc) were most helpful in creating the space for us to move forward with our respective work.  The food was very good and access to bicycles and trail maps made everything conducive to being relaxed and productive. Finally, learning about Catalonian history and culture through interactions with Francesc and local residents was a gift I will bring back to Canada. I am very grateful for the opportunity to spend time at FABER and I will share this unique opportunity with many colleagues.

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