Deanna Borland-Sentinella: Navigating the Distance to Desired Futures

This presentation shares Deanna’s PhD research into translating tools from the academic discipline of Futures Thinking into Applied Theatre activities.

Arundhati Roy says “another world is not only possible … on quiet days I can hear her breathing” … but is a distant echo enough for people to feel enabled to create change when capitalism and neo-liberalism have become so entrenched? Deanna Borland-Sentinella decided the fear and separatism created by these ideologies called for extending upon the ways Applied Theatre could support communities to imagine and rehearse for something different. i.e. figure out how to negotiate which direction they are sailing in and perhaps even problem-solve how to plug up that pesky leak in their boat before everyone sinks. This presentation shares Deanna’s PhD research into translating tools from the academic discipline of Futures Thinking into Applied Theatre activities. The practice-led project spans across Brisbane, Australia and Dili, Timor-Leste and highlights how a short trip across the ocean provides such a vastly different context for embodying the future.

Deanna Borland-Sentinella is an Australian Applied Theatre practitioner who has studied and worked in the field as a global citizen across the UK, South America and South-East Asia. Deanna loves learning about people through using Applied Theatre as research, as well as learning more about the form itself through adapting tools and techniques to respond to the needs and desires of workshop stakeholders. Deanna has used Applied Theatre to support communities from a range of backgrounds, including refugees and migrant communities, children and young people, incarcerated populations and people with disabilities, to express what’s important to them through embodied, creative practice. Whilst being driven by a social justice life mission, Deanna has also dabbled in how to ethically engage business in the training and development potential of Applied Theatre’s methodology

Tegan Arazny (Facilitator & Documenter)
Tegan is a strong advocate for the development of Theatre and the Arts in community settings and has been involved with numerous Applied Theatre programmes throughout her professional training and experience. Tegan graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction in Applied Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has professional experience in Community Performance that promotes Young People’s expression and engagement through Puppetry and Theatre practices. As well as collaborating and performing with ERTH Visual & Physical Inc and Welsh theatre company PuppetSoup, she has co-directed and worked alongside Shop Front Arts Co-Op Junior Ensemble of 8-14-year old’s to create the original devised production, The Unknown. Tegan is currently working as Teaching Artist for Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘School Drama’. This is a Teachers Professional Development Program designed to improve teaching and learning by modelling the use of drama-based strategies with quality children's literature.