The Centre for Media and Culture in Education (CMCE) at OISE / University of Toronto Presents
Session 3 of the 2013-2014 Works in Progress Seminar Series
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West
(@ St. George Subway Station)
12th Floor, Room 12—274
This event is wheelchair accessible.
When Qualitative Research Meets Theatre:
The Complexities of Performed Ethnography & Research-Informed Theatre Project Design
A co-presentation by
Dr. Tara Goldstein, Professor
Curriculum, Teaching & Learning
& Julia Gray, PhD Student
Leadership, Higher & Adult Education
In the presentation we will introduce the audience to two arts-based education research approaches known as performed ethnography and research-informed theatre and describe three areas of design that need to be considered when conceptualizing a performed ethnography/research-informed theatre project in the field of education: research design, aesthetic design and pedagogical design. We will present 30 questions that performed ethnographers and research-informed theatre artists might ask ourselves when we conceptualize our projects. We then provide a discussion of a recent project that engages with the questions presented and conclude by demonstrating that (1) research design and aesthetic design interact with and feed into each other and (2) research and aesthetic decisions impact on the pedagogical work our projects do.
Tara Goldstein is a professor and playwright in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE/UT. She is also the Founding Director of Gailey Road Productions, a theatre company that produces research-informed theatre on social and political issues that affect us all (www.gaileyroad.com
). Tara has been writing and producing research-informed theatre for thirteen years and has written about her work in Staging Harriet’s House
: Writing and Producing Research-Informed Theatre
(Peter Lang 2012).
Tara’s latest publication is an anthology of three of her plays called Zero Tolerance and Other Plays: Disrupting Xenophobia, Racism and Homophobia at School
(Sense Publishers 2013).
Julia is a Toronto-based playwright, theatre director, choreographer and researcher with a particular interest in the area of arts and health. Currently pursuing doctoral studies at OISE/UT, Julia is exploring the ways in which the artist-researcher implicates her own body as a site of interpretation as part of the creation process of research-informed theatre. She is currently working on a new research-informed play about dementia and relationality called “Cracked: new light on dementia,” is the playwright and director of "After the Crash: a play about brain injury" and co-wrote with Dr. Gail Mitchell "Seeing the Forest" a play about patient safety culture. Julia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts, both from York University’s Department of Theatre, and is a current CIHR-STIHR Doctoral Fellow in Health Care, Technology, and Place.