Erika Caterina Piazzoli
Assistant Professor, Education


I joined the School of Education at Trinity College Dublin in September 2015, as an Assistant Professor in Arts Education. Currently I am the Programme Coordinator of the Master in Education (M.Ed.) Dissertation Year, coordinating 11 strands within the programme. Since joining TCD I have an active teaching member of the M.Ed. Drama in Education and M.Ed. Language strands, responsible for the Embodying Language module. I am a Research Fellow (adjunct) at Griffith University, Brisbane Australia, where I worked as lecturer, tutor, researcher and post-doctoral fellow. I conducted my PhD research at Griffith University and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Griffith Institute for Educational Research. My research interests are within the areas of embodied pedagogy, aesthetic learning; neuroaesthetics; performative language teaching; arts education; language teacher education.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Erika Piazzoli, Embodying Language in Action: The Artistry of Process Drama for Second Language Education, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan / Springer International Publishing AG, 2018 Book, 2018 URL

Intercultural Dramatic Tension and Intercultural Engagement in, editor(s)John Crutchfield, Manfred Schewe , Performative Approaches to Foreign and Second Language Education: Intercultural Contexts and Perspectives, London, Multilingual Matters, 2017, pp172 - 196, [Erika Piazzoli] Book Chapter, 2017

Luca Marrucci, Erika Piazzoli, Evaluating Learner Engagement in Arts Education: Perspectives from Music and Drama in Education, 3rd International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd'17), Valencia, Spain, June 21-23 2017,, 2017, pp1068 - 1075 Conference Paper, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

Scenario: JOURNAL FOR PERFORMATIVE TEACHING, LEARNING, RESEARCH, 2, XI, (2017), Erika Piazzoli, Eucharia Donnery, [Guest Editor] Journal, 2017 URL

Erika Piazzoli, Mapping an ethnography of change in teachers of Italian (L2) learning process drama, Teaching Italian Language and Culture Annual, N/A, (N/A), 2016, p96 - 114 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Erika Piazzoli, Translation in Cross-language Qualitative Research: Pitfalls and Opportunities., Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts, 1, (1), 2015, p80 - 102 Journal Article, 2015

Sociocultural Theory, Process Drama and Second Language Learning in, editor(s)Davis, Susan; Ferholt, Beth; Grainger Clemson, Hannah; Satu-Mari Jansson; Ana Marianovic-Shane , Dramatic Interactions in Education: Vygotskian and Socio-cultural Approaches to Drama, Education and Research, New York, Bloomsbury, 2015, pp153 - 160, [Penny Bundy, Erika Piazzoli, Julie Dunn] Book Chapter, 2015

Erika Piazzoli, Reflection in Action in Cross-Language Qualitative Research, Qualitative Research Journal, 15, (1), 2015, p74 - 85 Journal Article, 2015

Process drama: The use of affective space to reduce language anxiety in the additional language learning classroom in, editor(s)Joe Winston, Madonna Stinson , Drama education and second language learning, Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, 2014, pp77 - 94, [Erika Piazzoli] Book Chapter, 2014

Erika Piazzoli, The 'Authentic Teacher': Heathcote's Notion of 'Authenticity' in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Drama Research Journal: International Journal of Drama in Education, 5, (1), 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Erika Piazzoli, Engagement as Perception-In-Action in Process Drama for Teaching and Learning Italian as A Second Language. , International Journal for Language Studies, 8, (2), 2014, p91 - 116 Journal Article, 2014

Erika Piazzoli and Claire Kennedy, Drama: Threat or Opportunity? Managing the 'Dual Affect' in Process Drama for Additional Language Learning, Scenario, 1, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Erika Piazzoli, The Silent Gaps in the Data: What Do Participants Say about Engagement When Experiencing Process Drama to Learn an Additional Language, Drama Research Journal: International Journal of Drama in Education, 4, (1), 2013 Journal Article, 2013

Drama for Additional Language Learning: Dramatic Contexts and Pedagogical Possibilities in, editor(s)Michael Anderson and Julie Dunn , How drama Activates Learning: Contemporary Research and Practice, London, Continuum, 2013, pp208 - 225, [Madonna Stinson and Erika Piazzoli] Book Chapter, 2013

Film and Drama Aesthetics for Additional Language Teaching in, editor(s)Joe Winston , Second Language Learning Through Drama, London, David Fulton, 2012, pp134 - 148, [Erika Piazzoli] Book Chapter, 2012

Erika Piazzoli, Engage or Entertain? The Nature of Teacher/participant Collaboration in Process Drama for Additional Language Teaching, Scenario, 6, (2), 2012 Journal Article, 2012

Erika Piazzoli, Process Drama: The Use of Affective Space to Reduce Language Anxiety in the Additional Language Learning Classroom, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 16, (4), 2011, p557 - 554 Journal Article, 2011

Erika Piazzoli, Didattica Process Drama: Principi di Base, Estetica e Coinvolgimento, Italiano LinguaDue, 2011 Journal Article, 2011

Erika Piazzoli, Process Drama and Additional Language Teaching: Reflections on the Dante Alighieri Immersion Weekends, Applied Theatre Researcher IDEA Journal, 11, 2010, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2010

Erika Piazzoli, Process drama and Intercultural Language Learning: An Experience of Contemporary Italy, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 15, (3), 2010, p385 - 402 Journal Article, 2010

Erika Piazzoli, Metodologia Process Drama e Competenza Interculturale, Culturiana, Settembre, 2009, p69 - 73 Journal Article, 2009

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Erika Piazzoli, Process Drama: Aneddoto Contro la Sonnolenza, Officina: La rivista per insegnanti di ALMA Edizioni, Aprile, 2012 Journal Article, 2012

Erika Piazzoli, The Power of 'Teacher in Role', Journal of Modern Language Teachers' Association of Queensland, 49, 2010 Journal Article, 2010

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • Linklater Voice Training and Foreign Language Teaching: Enhancing language learning through the use of performative vocal training
  • Summary
    • A collaboration between Griffith University (Brisbane) and The University of Queensland, looking at training a group of modern language teachers to implement a Linklater-based voice studies project with a group of undergraduate students of Italian as a Foreign language
  • Funding Agency
    • Brisbane Universities Languages Alliance (BULA)
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2016


Aesthetics; Arts Education; classroom second language learning/acquisition ; Drama and theatre in education; Educational Psychology; Neuroscience; Teacher Education


Awards and Honours

Griffith University Academic Excellence - Chancellor's Medal Nominee for excellence in Ph.D. Thesis (Awareded with no revisions) 2013

Griffith University Young Alumni of the Year (School of Education) 2013

Griffith University Publication Award, Postgraduate Category 2012

Winner of the Three Minutes Thesis Competition - Griffith University 2012

Griffith University Publication Award, Postgraduate Category 2011

Winner of the Three Minute Thesis Competition (School of Education) Griffith University 2011

Cassamarca Scholarship Award ( honor issuer Australasian Centre for Italian Studies (ACIS) 2010

Griffith University Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) 2009

Griffith University Excellence Award for the Bachelor of Applied Theatre (Honours) 2008

Griffith University Excellence Award for the Bachelor of Communication 2008


Association for Drama in Education Ireland (ADEI) 2015 – 2017

Teacher Training and Education 2016 – 2017

International Baccalaureate (IB) Network – 2012