Storytelling through theatre is a powerful way to reach others.​

New Book Alert!

Launch Event

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher and Andrew Kushnir will be hosting an in-person book launch (at Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre in Toronto) to celebrate the release of their most recent collaboration, “Hope in a Collapsing World”.  

RSVP for this masked and vaccinated event here: https://bit.ly/38M1Jqg 

Interview with Dr. Gallagher

A space of ‘survivable failure’:

Read an interview with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher on her new book

Watch the Finding Radical Hope Documentary!

Our Latest Findings

Radical Hope
Young people have taught us that care is fundamental to hope, and that as we age and our primary relationships change, hope diminishes
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Towards Youth
We learned that young people have important ideas about our shared future, and intergenerational dialogues are critical to building understanding.
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Audacious Citizens
We are learning that hope might be a political alternative, that activating hope may be a form of audacious citizenship.
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Latest News

Census-taking and theater-making: Real and imagined perceptions and experiences of school and neighborhood safety for racialized and white youth

In this article, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, with Dr. Dirk Rodricks & Lindsay Valve engage the discovery of a significant divergence between feelings of safety and belonging reported in a safety survey, and the discursive, contradictory, and complex narratives about safety revealed by students’ storytelling to open a line of inquiry about what the pursuit of being a ‘safe school’ is meant to do, and what it does.

The ecology of global, collaborative ethnography: metho-pedagogical architectures and interpretive frames in research with youth

In this article, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, with graduate students Nancy Cardwell, Danielle Denichaud & Lindsay Valve explore the nature of ethnographic collaboration during the harrowing and unpredictable times of a global pandemic.
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Building new publics: Using agile, community-engaged, and applied theatre methodologies as social intervention in audience research

In this article, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, with PhD candidates Lindsay Valve and Christine Balt, illustrate how an ‘agile’ research methodology acts as both inquiry and social intervention, and provides theatre artists and practitioners with novel ways to become more intentional about building engaged, intergenerational audiences.
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Vulnerability, care and hope in audience research

In this article, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, with PhD candidates Christine Balt and Lindsay Valve, consider the theatre as a vital site for the formation of an ‘intergenerational polis’ by looking to how the affective labour performed by a theatre audience creates an ‘ethics of care’, gesturing to the importance of attuning to ‘dissensus’ in audience research.
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Asia's Most Influential:
Dr. Urvashi Sahni

Congratulations to our collaborator. Dr.Urvashi Sahni, for being named one of Asia’s Most Influential people. Dr. Sahni is a women’s rights activist, CEO and founder of Study Hall Educational Foundation in India, which offers educational programs for vulnerable young people.

In Conversation With

What is the future of verbatim theatre?

Four artists tackle this question as part of Project: Humanity’s Proximity Lab. Led by our long-time collaborator Andrew Kushnir, The Rhizome is an online, interactive experience in which reality and the arts co-mingle to create a reimagined Toronto. Come experience the out-of-the-box thinking/dreaming of artists in our city, in our right now. June 18 & 22-24, PWYC.

Rethinking Democracy And Citizenship

What does it mean to be democratic? What’s the difference between being a citizen in a democracy and a subject in an empire? Dr. Urvashi Sahni answered these pressing questions and more in her inspiring and truly engaging TEDtalk.

Creators for Change Documentary Wins Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction Special

Dr. Urvashi Sahni and Study Hall Education Foundation (SHEF) are featured in Michelle Obama's "Creators for Change" Documentary showcasing how education can transform girls’ lives and create a ripple effect for communities.

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CODE Conversations

See here the launch of CODE Conversations with Matthew Sheahan, secondary teacher from Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board and President of the Council of Ontario Dance and Drama Educators interviewing Andrew Kushnir and Zorana Sadiq on their experiences with the Radical Hope research, the Towards Youth production, and their poignant thoughts on why Verbatim theatre is an especially important aesthetic with young people in these times.

Project: Humanity supporting youth & artists through COVID-19

P:H's COVID-19 Artist Partnership Program (CAPP). provides essential support to youth in shelters by pairing participants with artists for weekly 1:1 online mentorship sessions in a discipline of their choosing. ​

Tiny Tuna Big Bee: motivating climate action through music

Introducing our friends Bebe, Oona and Tutu of homegrown Toronto band ‘Tiny Tuna Big Bee’, all 12 years old and writing music as a call to action about climate change.

Artists for Real Climate Action ​

Artists for Real Climate Action is a non-partisan, ever-growing collection of actors, filmmakers, writers, musicians, playwrights, graphic designers, directors, and digital marketing folks all sounding the alarm over our climate crisis