Gaenor Stoate is a teaching fellow at the University of Waikato, lecturing in the Faculty of Education on secondary drama curriculum papers and also in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences where she teaches undergraduate theatre papers. More than twenty years of experience in secondary school drama classrooms and spaces of inquiry -in the UK and Aotearoa New Zealand- has sustained Gaenor’s interest in Drama and Theatre for Social Development. Never far away from either a learning space or a performance space, Gaenor participates in a range of theatre and drama projects in Hamilton and New Plymouth, in addition to her work as a curriculum consultant in Drama and English departments in secondary schools. Gaenor is in her second year of a creative practice PhD at the University of Waikato, exploring the creative, transformative social action aspects of the ensemble in devised work.
Originally from the UK, Lucy is a Master of Arts Research candidate at Griffith University, and works as an inclusive drama practitioner for a Plural Theatre in Brisbane. Plural Theatre specialises in creating and facilitating drama workshops for marginalised and vulnerable children and young people for whom access to drama and theatre may be less accessible. In her role at Plural, Lucy works primarily with young people in and on the edge of out-of-home care, and most recently those transitioning from care to independence, using drama to explore participants’ emotions, ideas and thoughts around transition. Out of this work evolved a need to better understand young people’s experience of transition in order to develop intentional, young-person centred practice which can better support participants to articulate and express their views and needs and discover creative ways to share these with people who can help them on their journey to adulthood.