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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 Education policy around the world. 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.

Where Are ASSITEJ’s Next Generation Headed Next?

ASSITEJ's Next Generation Programme offers new opportunities for learning and collaboration to emerging Practitioners interested in Theatre for Young Audiences. Their final session at the Cradle of Creativity was held on Friday, May 26th, 2017...

The Closing Ceremony at the Cradle of Creativity

A Closing Ceremony was held on Saturday, 27th May, 2017 to mark the end of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People. Performances by a local Youth Orchestra and Dance...

Awards Ceremony at the Cradle of Creativity

The ASSITEJ Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, May 26th, and was an opportunity to acknowledge the pioneers and leaders working in the field who have made significant contributions to Theatre for Young Audiences.  To...

The Opening Ceremony at the Cradle of Creativity

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 marked the official start of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People, held in Cape Town, South Africa. Delegates from all over the world...

Walking the Line Between Past and Present

Making Mandela and Insta-Grammar were both featured performances during the Cradle of Creativity's Focus Day on Theatre for Social Change, held on Saturday 20th May 2017 at Guga S’thebe Arts and Cultural Centre in Langa Township.  Making Mandela, produced by...

Living Inclusion Through Theatre

Friday, May 26th, 2017 saw a Focus Day at the Cradle of Creativity on Inclusive International Arts - defined as Arts for, by and with people of all abilities. The day was a wonderful collection of...

Shaping Stories

Construire des Histoires (trans. Shaping Stories) playwriting laboratory workshop was held at the Cradle of Creativity from 23rd to 27th May 2017 and welcomed Francophone Theatre Practitioners from 9 different African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo,...

Festivals and Diversity

Dr Steve Ball, the Associate Director for The Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK), facilitated a session on the first day of the Producers' Bazaar at ASSITEJ's Cradle of Creativity. He asked attendees to consider: How can...

Exploring the Producers’ Bazaar

Janni Younge, the multi-award winning South African Puppeteer, facilitated the Cradle of Creativity’s Producers' Bazaar on 22nd and 23rd May 2017 at The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg, Cape Town. The Bazaar emphasised the importance of making interpersonal connections...

Capturing The Cloud Catcher

The Cloud Catcher was presented as part of Magnet Theatre's Rocking the Cradle on Friday, 26th May, 2017. The Cloud Catcher explores the life of Buhle, a girl from Langa Township in Cape Town, who constantly...