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TLRH | Working Towards an Ideology of Applied Drama

Monday, 16 November 2020, 10 – 11am

TLRH | Working Towards an Ideology of Applied Drama

A talk by Courtney Helen Grile as part of the School of Creative Arts Research Forum, hosted by Trinity Long Room Hub.

The idea of an “applied” drama/theatre/performance is often ambiguous and tricky, even within drama/theatre/performance departments. Some scholars, such as Tim Prentki and Sheila Preston, suggest that it “defies any one definition” as it encompasses a wide variety of aims and approaches. The sub-fields of Drama in Education, Theatre for Social Change, Process Drama, Theatre for Development, Theatre of the Oppressed, Prison Theatre, and more, all fall under the umbrella of applied practices. While practitioners and facilitators continue to experiment and work in this field, an articulation of what unifies these diverse practices remains vague. This paper will focus on applied drama as separate from applied performance/theatre, in line with Monica Prendergast and Juliana Saxton’s caveat that what delineates applied drama praxis from applied performance/theatre is that the latter essentially involves a performance for/with an outside audience. A framing of applied drama praxis around six guiding principles will be offered in an attempt to traverse the space between practice in the field and academic discourses around that work. This paper will propose an ideology of applied drama praxis, drawing from personal experience in the field as practitioner/participant, personal conversations with fellow practitioners, and analysis of the current literature published in the field.

Courtney Helen Grile is a theatre practitioner and PhD Candidate in the Department of Drama, as well as an Early Career Researcher based in the Trinity Long Room Hub. She holds a BFA in Media & Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design and an MFA in Theatre (emphasis in Theatre for Young Audiences) from the University of Central Florida. She has worked in the United States and Ireland as a theatre administrator, adjunct lecturer, teaching artist, performer, facilitator, and director. Her passion is for using applied drama techniques to work in community settings. To date, she has taken her work inside juvenile detention centres, primary and secondary schools, group homes for young people, facilities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, city/town community centres, and after-school centres for young people in underserved communities. 

The School of Creative Arts Research Forum meets fortnightly at 10am on Mondays during term and is led by the School's doctoral students. The aim of the Forum is to give a space for School researchers, both staff and postgraduate students, to share their ideas in a supportive environment. It is also an opportunity for the School to hear about the research of colleagues both from within TCD and outside who share our research interests. In line with the research agenda of the School, talks will encompass traditional research and practice-based research and will be followed by Q&A.

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Campus Location: Online
Accessibility: N/A
Room: Online
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Type: Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Faculty & Staff
Cost: Free but registration is required
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