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

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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We are a research ensemble of diverse collaborators committed to exploring the power of drama to create social change.

In Conversation With

Tiny Tuna Big Bee

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. Have a listen!

Bernardine Evaristo

"Without youth theatre, I would never have won the Booker prize"

Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the Booker prize (2019) explores how acting onstage helped her discover her creativity, away from class and racial division.

On Fire focuses on climate change and the efforts to fight it

In her new book, the author and activist urges us to take this “once-in-a-century chance” to fix our economic model — and save humanity’s only home

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

Latest News

Upcoming Talks

All talks for 2020 are currently postponed due to COVID-19

    • TBD 2020: Dr. Gallagher will write the Programme Essay for the Canadian premiere production of Wendy and Peter Pan, by Ella Hickson, adapted from the book by J.M. Barrie.

    • TBD 2020: Dr. Gallagher will be the keynote speaker at Building Mental Health Resilience in the Face of Social Disadvantage - a symposium on child and youth mental health, sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (DCAP) at Western University in partnership with the London hospitals.
    • TBD 2021: Dr. Gallagher will present the keynote address at the 4th ELTE Workshop for Arts Education, Live the Culture - Play, Arts Education and Science (Budapest, Hungary)

After coronavirus: Global youth reveal that the social value of art has never mattered more

In this new article, Dr. Gallagher issues a call to action in response to an "unprecedented moment for intergenerational justice" emerging from the coronavirus pandemic - and the critical role of the arts, if we are to seize it.
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Excellent news to share!

Our friend Shree Paradkar has won two prizes at the Amnesty International Media awards – for best long story and best short video for her story on Prerna. Delighted that this excellent journalism brings further recognition to Urvashi Sahni and the powerful pedagogy at Prerna Girls' School.
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Radical Hope & Youth Citizenry Research Event

Dr. Gallagher discussed her international, multi-sited and collaborative research project (Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: an intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement) with the lead researcher from the Coventry site, Dr. Rachel Turner-King. Chaired by Professor Jonothon Neelands.

New Book Alert!

This book is an edited collection that features the voices of all of our international research collaborators, graduate students, and artist collaborators. It explores the role of arts-based methodologies in the trajectories of diverse young people as they creatively work through multiple and unfolding global crises.