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Laura Dean (Associate Director)

Laura Dean (Associate Director)
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Laura is a keen advocate for the Arts in Education. A graduate of the Comparative and International Education MA program at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, USA), Laura’s research interests revolve around how Arts subjects, and Theatre in particular, can play a crucial role to the development of a student’s social and emotional well-being, whilst bolstering their academic attainment. Having lived in numerous places around the world, and worked to support international students in a university setting, Laura is interested in supporting global Education policy. With an avid interest in Theatre & Performance, she is delighted to be bringing her two passions together to lead on Dialogue’s Community Performance for Education work.

Christine Hatton and Richard Sallis: Provocative dialogues: Shifting perspectives on drama research practice

This panel reflects on an innovative new book Drama Research Methods: Provocations of Practice which sought to challenge current understandings of drama research by asking prominent drama researchers to engage in critical dialogues about...

Exploring Techniques and Practices from the IDIERI 9 Workshops (Part 2)

Delegates at the 9th International Drama in Education Research Institute were treated to an abundance of exciting and engaging practical workshops during the 7-day event. To give you a flavour of what was on offer, the Dialogue team...

Exploring Techniques and Practices from the IDIERI 9 Workshops (Part 6)

Delegates at the 9th International Drama in Education Research Institute were treated to an abundance of exciting and engaging practical workshops during the 7-day event. To give you a flavour of what was on offer, the Dialogue team...

Martha Lamont: ‘Drama makes my brain healthy’: An inquiry into the potential for using...

This paper identifies the social challenges facing young children with special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream classrooms, and explores and recommends drama in education (DiE) to enhance their social skills. This study specifically investigates...

Q&A with Gaenor Stoate, Lucy Lott, Moe Gregorzewski, Eva Göksel, and Martha Lamont

https://youtu.be/mTRuTi_7msI 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...

Moe Gregorzewski: Interventions of Otherness? Developing a Critical Transcultural Pedagogy through Applied Theatre

I will explore how postcolonial perspectives on culture and migration can inform the development of a process drama-based Applied Theatre practice that encourages social responsibility and critical citizenship amongst young people. Developing such pedagogical...

Eva Göksel: (Self)Reflection, Agency and New Perspectives: Learning to Teach with Drama in Education

This video-ethnographic study explores pre-service teacher agency and creativity in the Swiss context. A small group of student teachers voluntarily attends after-hours training on possible uses of improvisation and basic drama conventions in the...

Gaenor Stoate: The tyranny of affective distance in the devised drama ensemble

This paper explores the concept of the devised drama ensemble, specifically students in their final year of secondary school curriculum drama in New Zealand’s National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) programme. Ensembles are established...

Lucy Lott: Social support for young people transitioning from care to independence: revealing the...

This presentation will explore how a participatory drama process might provide insights about how young people transition from care to independence in Queensland, Australia. Gaining knowledge around social support for young people exiting care...

Over the Top

“Over The Top, is an ANZAC play that presents a theatrical insight into the lives of nine young people who enlisted in WW1 in 1915 and explores the effect on their families left behind. The...