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Dr. Kathleen Gallagher conducts research in drama and urban schools/students with a focus on questions of pedagogy, the arts, and the social contexts and relations of schooling. Her research projects and writing have provided international insight into urban youth culture.

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Kathleen Gallagher named Featured Author by

University of Toronto Press!

Check out all of her books with UTPress below! 

UTP-Featured Author 2019


Feature Videos


Towards Youth

Towards Youth is a verbatim theatre play by Project Humanity's Andrew Kushnir, based on Dr. Kathleen Gallagher's Radical Hope research project. Dr. Gallgher and her international collaborators explor the intersection of youth, drama and hope. Towards Youth is playing at Crow's Theatre until March 16th, 2019.


OISE's 50th Anniversary: Dr. Kathleen Gallagher

Professor Gallagher is interviewed on the subject of OISE's 50th anniversary.


Radical Hope International Collaborators' Panel Event: Reclaiming the Radical- Drama in Dangerous Times

Dr. Gallagher and her research team hosted our international collaborators of the Radical Hope project. These drama practitioners, researchers and education activists served as panelists at the "Reclaiming the Radical: Drama in Dangerous Times" event on November 19th, 2015 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto. Dr. Gallagher moderated the event; Christine Jackson, Arts Program Coordinator at the Toronto District School Board served as respondent. 

‪The panelists engaged with vital questions for theatre in the world today: What kind of metaphor is theatre for the world? How do we understand collaborative pedagogical models in theatre-making? What is "dangerous" for students and educators, and how do we act responsibly? How is the idea of hope linked to the existence of political alternatives? In light of on-going and over-lapping global crises, what can we do with art? 

‪Radical Hope Collaborators

‪Dr. Myrto Pigkou-Repousi, Open University of Cyprus

Nikos Govas, President of the Hellenic Theatre/Drama Education Network

Athens, Greece

‪Dr. Rachel King, University of Warwick Senior Teaching Fellow

Coventry, England

‪Dr. Urvashi Sahni, Prerna School Founder and Executive Director

Lucknow, India

‪Dr. Wan-Jung Wang, Tainan University Professor

Tainan, Taiwan

‪Andrew Kushnir, Project: Humanity Creative Director

Michael Limerick, Toronto District School Board Drama Teacher

Toronto, Canada

Read the transcript of Dr. Gallagher's introductory remarks.



A SNEAK PEAK into In Defense of Theatre: A Conversation with John Mighton


Gallagher's recently published edited volume (with Barry Freeman): In Defence of Theatre: Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions calls on playwright, mathematician, author and JUMP Math founder, John Mighton to share his insights on why theatre matters.

John is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and the author of plays including Scientific Americans, Possible Worlds, A Short History of Night, Body and Soul, The Little Years, and Half Life.

Excerpts from this conversation and conversations with other Canadian artists like Anne-Marie Macdonald and Jackie Maxwell make the book a must-read!



The Methodological Dilemma Revisited: Creative, Critical and Collaborative Approaches to Qualitative Research for a New Era

In 2008, The Methodological Dilemma: Creative, Critical and Collaborative Approaches to Qualitative Research was published by Routledge. In this entirely new book, authors will articulate where they are now relative to their central concerns of research, by again taking a close-up look at a particular project and what in it has given pause, what has thwarted the process of seamless productivity, what has stalled the easy research output but has, instead, insisted upon a deeper analysis.

In Defence of Theatre: Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions

"Why theatre now? Reflecting on the mix of challenges and opportunities that face theatre in communities that are necessarily becoming global in scope and technologically driven, In Defence of Theatre offers a range of passionate reflections on this important question."

Why Theatre Matters: Urban Youth, Engagement, and a Pedagogy of the Real 

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"What makes young people care about themselves, others, their communities, and their futures? In Why Theatre Matters, Kathleen Gallagher uses the drama classroom as a window into the daily challenges of marginalized youth in Toronto, Boston, Taipei, and Lucknow. An ethnographic study which mixes quantitative and qualitative methodology in an international multi-site project, Why Theatre Matters ties together the issues of urban and arts education through the lens of student engagement. Gallagher’s research presents a framework for understanding student involvement at school in the context of students’ families and communities, as well as changing social, political, and economic realities around the world."

On Technology

How the Canada Foundation for Innovation opens doors!

Dr. Gallagher speaks about her use of exciting new technology in her global, multi-sited ethnographic study and how it transforms and extends the possibilities of the work.


This interview took place at the Congress of Social Science and Humanities.


Audio Interviews
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  Our Drama Audio Series... 
  Spring 2013 interview with 
  Playwright, Novelist, Actor, and Journalist:
  "we are story-makers as human beings"
  "people can make theatre anywhere, anytime"


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Stratford Festival Panel with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher

"He could be a star for all we know. We don't know how far he can go," says the ensemble in Billy Elliot the Musical. What does it take for kids to step beyond stereotypes and find the confidence to follow their dreams?

Scholar and educator Kathleen Gallagher, Ballet Theatre of Toledo artistic director Nigel Burgoine and Jason Sermonia who stars in Billy Elliot, discuss how to support the unique brightness of each child and the challenges children are currently facing in contemporary education systems.

Listen to the full panel HERE.


CBC Radio: Conversation about gender in the arts with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, playwright Jordi Mand and theatre professor Kim Solga, a drama professor from Western University join moderator Marion Adler to discuss whether gender bias is still part of the arts, particularly theatre. Click here to hear the full conversation.



New Article by Dr. Kathleen Gallagher and Dr. Urvashi Sahni in Gender and Education.

Check out Dr. Gallagher's new article with Indian collaborator Dr. Sahni, Performing care: re-imagining gender, personhood and educational justice.


The ConversationDistinguished Professor Dr. Kathleen Gallagher Distinguished Professor Kathleen Gallagher writes about our Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded youth-centred #RadicalHope research and the role of drama in allowing us to better hear young people! She especially draws from the Andrew Kushnir-penned verbatim theatre production that recently ended its fantastic run at Crow's Theatre in collaboration with Project: Humanity! Check it out HERE!

The Conversation: Youth find hope for the Future


Media Coverage of Towards Youth

Towards Youth is a verbatim theatre play based on the research of Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, written by Andrew Kushnir of Project Humanity. Towards Youth played at Crow's Theatre from February 25th-March 16th, 2019.

Coverage of the play:

The Toronto Star: Karen Fricker's coverage of the project HERE and Carly Maga's play review HERE.

NOW Magazine: Review of Towards Youth by Jose Teodoro's

Intermission Magazine: "Securing the Future" by Steve Fisher's 

The Globe and Mail: Review of Towards Youth

Toronto Guardian: Interview with Dr. Gallagher and Andrew Kushnir

Broadway World: Review of Towards Youth

FM Radio: Interview with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher and Umaka Umeh


CBC: Here and Now Toronto Interview

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher and Towards Youth playwright Andrew Kushnir of Project: Humanity, speak about the play with Gill Deacon.

Click HERE to listen to the interview. Towards Youth is playing until March 16th at Crow's Theatre.


Teaching Tomorrow Podcast

A discussion with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher about the intersection of research, drama, young people, and radical hope. The research discussed has been transformed into a powerful play - Towards Youth, by playwright Andrew Kushnir of Project Humanity, now playing at Crow's Theatre. Click HERE to listen to the podcast.

Teaching Tomorrow Podcast


Doing Research with Art: Experiments in Methodoloy

Doing research with art provokes thought, inspires action, and responds to the important and complex challenges of our time. OISE faculty and graduate students are global leaders in harnessing the power of the arts to create social change in diverse educational and community-based contexts. Some of our methodological innovations include documentary films, theatre, music, visual art, walking, social practice contemporary art, and poetry. 

Join OISE faculty and graduate students showcasing leading methodological experiments. The evening will unfold with a series of ‘performances,’ Fluxus inspired ‘events,’ and ‘live exhibits’ of research outputs. Please join us for an evening of conversation and a tantalizing introduction to some of OISE’s arts research projects with Drs. Kathleen Gallagher, Tara Goldstein, Rob Simon and Stephanie Springgay.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

OISE Library

252 Bloor Street West

Toronto, Ontario

M5S 1V6

For details and to RSVP, click HERE.

   Gallagher team


CRAM Toronto

CRAM is bringing the city’s universities together to bridge the gap between research and the public by inviting people from around the GTA to participate in a FREE night of new ideas. The first learning festival of its kind in Canada, CRAM is packed with innovative, interactive and entertaining events for the keen and curious.

OCAD University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto and York University will host 30+ free events showcasing ground-breaking research across many fields. This dynamic festival will explore and celebrate some of the world’s most exciting ideas and perspectives.

 Dr. Kathleen Gallagher and her team speak about the Radical Hope research project Friday April 5th at 9pm at University of Toronto - Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship - 5th Floor Atrium.

For more information or to RSVP, click HERE.


"Voice, Story and Responsibility" - The Challenge for These Times

Professor Kathleen Gallagher and Collaborator Andrew Kushnir of Project: Humanity deliver TDSB Arts Workshop on "Voice, Story and Responsibility" for Secondary Drama Teachers

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On Thursday November 1st, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher and playwright Andrew Kushnir of Project Humanity worked with a group of secondary teachers from across the TDSB to tackle the question: How do we receive and tell each other’s stories?

Dr. Gallagher and Andrew Kushnir have been collaborating on a project that connects the voices and insights of young people and teachers in Canada, India, Taiwan, Greece and England. Towards Youth: a play on radical hope is a new work premiering in Toronto at Crow’s Theatre in March 2019 – a piece that has been developed through an international, intergenerational and intercultural framework. A central question in this work: how do we share the stories of others and maintain our ethical responsibility to them?

The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the challenges of Voice and Story: in the research field, in the classroom, in our theatres and other creative spaces. How do we take care around the appropriation of voice, questions of power, representation, and the authority of speaking? The workshop provided teachers with an opportunity to share their experiences and questions, to hear about Verbatim Theatre as a storytelling form, to explore some techniques, and to discuss Dr. Gallagher and Andrew Kushnir’s journey so far.


New publication as part of the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership with Professor David Hulchanski. 


PhD Candidate Dirk Rodricks and Professor Kathleen Gallagher spearheaded a review of Urban Youth Policy from the 1960s-2010s across all three levels of government, a three-year undertaking with several key collaborators from various disciplines. Their report, Crossing Places: A Review of Urban Youth Policy 1960s - 2010s is a comprehensive intervention into how youth policy is experienced across the domains of schooling, policing and criminalization, recreation and employment. This publication was co-authored with Julius Haag, Scot Wortley, Caroline Fusco, Amanda DeLisio, Danielle DiCarlo, and Lance McCready.  

For more on the SSHRC-funded Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership, please see www.neighbourhoodchange.ca.


Two New Book Chapters published with PhD students in two different series about Creativity in Education!

First, edited by Suzanne Burgoyne, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher authors a chapter with PhD Candidate Scott Mealey in the edited volume by Springer entitled, "Creativity in Theatre: Theory and Action in Theatre/Drama Education".

Second, edited by Kim Snepvangers, Pat Thomson, and Anne Harries, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher writes with PhD student, Nancy Cardwell and PhD Candidate Dirk Rodricks, in the edited volume by Palgrave-Macmillan entitled, "Creativity Policy, Partnerships, and Practice in Education". 

Check the abstracts out below: 

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Creativity in Theatre: Theory and Action in Theatre/Drama Education

Staging ourselves towards a theory of relationality, possibility, and creative youth selfhood.

Abstract: This chapter investigates the unexpected emergence of novel connections between self-creation, documentary theatre technique, performance pedagogy, and educational community that manifested themselves within an international, ethnographic study of youth civic engagement and theatre. Over the course of two years of observation and 45 individual and focus group interviews in one Toronto high school, we witnessed sophisticated and novel voicing of the nature of self and its unique growth within the social nesting of a drama classroom, even under the occassional shadow of oppressive conditions. We examine, through the multidisciplinary lenses of feminist political theory, performance theory, and the students' own theorizing, the unique roles that collective narrative creative practices (including verbatim theatre and oral history performance), relationality, critical dialogue and performative/playful skill-building enact in a creative and resilient expansion of the quotidian lives of youth. We conclude by gesturing towards a theory of youth self-hood and creativity. 

Creativity Policy, Partnerships, and Practice in Education

An ecology of care:  Relationships and responsibility through the constitutive and creative acts of oral history theatre-making in local communities shouldering global crises.

AbstractAs a corrective to the lone, exceptional artist theory prevalent in historical conceptions of ‘creative genius’, this chapter explores how the creative person is formed in community as they participate, practice, and perform new ways of being, relating, and understanding their local context and the perpetually changing global world that edges ever closer. The authors observed such an ‘ecology of care’, amidst the instability of the Brexit referendum in June 2016, working with their local research collaborator Dr. Rachel King-Turner and the Belgrade Theatre’s Canley Youth Theatre group in Coventry England, one site among five in a global, multi-sited, ethnographic research project. In observing the group’s affective and intimate labour at a time of perceived social disintegration, the authors ultimately processed creativity as contagion, imagining their research as community-forming and scholarly performance.


New Book Announcement: Methodological Dilemmas Revisited

Now available, a new book edited by Dr. Gallagher: The Methodological Dilemma Revisited: Creative, Critical and Collaborative Approaches to Qualitative Research for a New Era. In 2008, The Methodological Dilemma: Creative, Critical and Collaborative Approaches to Qualitative Research was published by Routledge. In this entirely new book, authors will articulate where they are now relative to their central concerns of research, by again taking a close-up look at a particular project and what in it has given pause, what has thwarted the process of seamless productivity, what has stalled the easy research output but has, instead, insisted upon a deeper analysis.

For ordering information, click here!

meth dil revisited book cover



Dr. Gallagher's research featured at the recent Humanities Research event co-sponsored by The Centre for Community-Engaged Partnerships, The Jackman Humanities Institute and the Vice-President Research and Innovation Office

See Jackman Humanities report: Community-Engaged Humanities Research: The Funding Landscape.



The Warrior Within Youth-Created Mental Health Curriculum is Here!

Click here to see the new mental health curriculum.  


Kathleen Gallagher Recognized with Award for Impact Beyond Academia 

Distinguished Professor Dr. Kathleen Gallagher was honoured on Monday, February 26th with a University of Toronto President’s Impact Award (PIA) in recognition of her work as a “leading scholar of social inequality, youth, and schooling.” What makes this award special is its particular focus on impact beyond the academy, including but not limited to society, culture, public policy, law, health, education, quality of life, a profession, through public engagement. Research Impact Award winners receive a monetary award of $10,000 per year for five years to be used toward their research. Recipients of this award also serve as a member of the newly-created Impact Academy that will advise the senior administration on issues relevant to research impact as well as serve as ambassadors and advocates for sustained excellence in research and innovation impact within and outside of the University.

For more information on the announcement, please visit http://www.research.utoronto.ca/pia/2017_recipients/


Kathleen Gallagher Recognized for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

OISE Dean Glen Jones announced on Thursday, March 1stthat Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, Distinguished Professor of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning is the 2017-2018 recipient of the David E. Hunt Excellence in Graduate Education Award. The award was created to recognize Professor David Hunt’s 50 years of university teaching and his excellent contributions to graduate teaching. Kathleen was nominated by her students in her Fall course – CTL1048: Qualitative Methodology: Challenges and Innovations. She has supervised graduate students for 18 years. Kathleen will be recognized with this award at a ceremony and reception at the end of March. 


New Article by Dr. Gallagher in the Canadian Journal of Education

Check out Dr. Gallagher's new article entitled, A Reconsideration of Social Innovation: Drama Pedagogies and Youth Perspectives on Creative and Social Relations in Canadian Schooling.


New Article by Dr. Gallagher and Research Assistant Kelsey Jacobson in RiDE (Research in Drama Education)

Check out Dr. Gallagher's new article, Beyond mimesis to an assemblage of reals in the drama classroom: Which reals? Which representational aesthetics? What theatre-building practices? Whose truths?


Drama in Education & Applied Theatre Symposium at Brock University

Dr. Gallagher is giving a keynote speech at the upcoming Drama in Education & Applied Theatre Symposium: The State of Our Art, at Brock University, which takes place January 26-27.

Conference Description: Our world as we know it is rapidly changing, with scholars identifying present events as ‘post-normal’ (O’Connor and Anderson 2015). In this climate of anxiety and political uncertainty, how is the practice of drama in education and applied theatre a means to respond to and attempt to speak back to these times? The lectures and workshops will offer key insights into how our scholars use this practice to grapple with these issues.


New Article by Dr. Gallagher and Research Assistant Dirk J. Rodricks in Youth Theatre Journal.

Check out Dr. Gallagher's new article, Hope despite hopelessness: Race, gender, and the pedagogies of drama/applied theatre as a relational ethic in neoliberal times.


New Article by Dr. Gallagher in Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies

Check out Dr. Gallagher's new article, The gendered labor of social innovation: Theatre, pedagogy, and the girl-child in India, which highlights the work of international research collaborator Urvashi Sahni at the Prerna school in Lucknow.


The Conversation piece on Indigenous Knowledge in the University Classroom

Check out Dr. Gallagher's new article in The Conversation media outlet on the "new duty felt by teachers at all levels of our education system to make good on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) calls to action" in her piece, How I Am Learning to Include Indigenous Knowledge in the Classroom. 


Register now! OTF Summer Institute: Artful Approaches- Embedding Indigenous Knowledge in the Drama and Dance Classroom

We come as individuals but we leave as one. In this joint institute from the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE) and First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO), we will focus on the personal and professional dimensions of decolonizing our teaching practice in drama and dance. Learn to claim your voice and find strength in your life and work through teachings, Elder discussions, and traditional dances in our morning sessions. Each afternoon, experience and plan artful approaches to embedding Indigenous knowledge into your teaching practice.  

Dates: August 9-11, 2017

Location: Western University

Registration Opens: June 1



Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education Publication

Dr. Gallagher and her students, Rachel Rhoades, Sherry Bie and Nancy Cardwell published an article in March 2017 entitled Drama in Education and Applied Theatre, from Morality and Socialization to Play and Postcolonialism in the new Oxford Research Encycolpedia of Education. 


Podcast with Dr. Peter Duffy, University of South Carolina

Please find, at this link, Dr. Peter Duffy’s recent podcast in conversation with Dr. Kathleen Gallagher. In the far-reaching conversation about doing research in drama and applied theatre, they consider questions of collaboration and ethics, among other things. We hope you find the conversation stimulating.



Youth Shelter Partnership Research Publication

Dr. Gallagher, along with her graduate students, Rebecca Starkman and Rachel Rhoades, published a 2017 article in the Journal of Youth Studies Volume 20, Issue 2 entitled, Performing counter-narratives and mining creative resilience: using applied theatre to theorize notions of youth resilience. The article stems from Dr. Gallagher's work in the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership with collaborators Project:Humanity and Youth Without Shelter


Panel Discussion Videos: "Social Justice Arts Education: Opportunities, Challenges and Contradictions"

Panelists: Andrea Fatona, Associate Professor, OCAD University, Toronto    Kathleen Gallagher, Distinguished Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education    Carmen Mörsch, Institute for Arts Education, Zurich University of the Arts    Patrick Schmidt, Chair, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Music Education, Western University

ModeratorRubén Gaztambide-Fernández, Associate Professor and Director of CMCE, OISE

The four videos can be found at: http://cmce.oise.utoronto.ca/index.html


Project: Humanity Production: Freedom Singer at Crow's Theatre

Documentary theatre piece, Freedom Singer, developed through Project: Humanity, is showing at Crow's Theatre February 1-11, 2017. The play is co-created by Khari Wendell McClelland and Radical Hope artistic collaborator Andrew Kushnir with Jodie Martinson. 


Tainan University Master Class in Taiwan

Taiwan Workshop

Master class hosted by Dr. Wan-Jung Wang, Radical Hope Taiwanese Collaborator


Educational Opportunities for Girls in India Article Highlighting Radical Hope Collaborator, Urvashi Sahni

Read the article here: The inspiring proects that are changing girls' education in India today


Social Justice Arts Education Event at OISE- October 4th, 7pm-9pm

OISE Social Justice Ed Event


Forthcoming Publication

The upcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Education will include an entry entitled Drama Education and Applied Theatre by Dr. Gallagher and members of her research team. 


Youth and Theatre at Tarragon: Dialogue with Dr. Gallagher, Staged Reading and Performance

youth and theatre tarragon


Collaborator Andrew Kushnir joins Crow's Theatre as Associate Artistic Director!

Andrew Kushnir began his relationship with Crow’s back in the summer of 2014, when he assisted Chris with the production workshop of The Watershed. He has since gone on to complete a year-long Metcalf Foundation internship with Chris so as to expand and enrich his directorial practice. A documentary theatremaker since 2007 through his company Project: Humanity (PH), Andrew had major success with his verbatim plays The Middle Place (Theatre Passe Muraille/Canadian Stage/PH, Toronto Theatre Critics Award) and Small Axe (The Theatre Centre/PH, Globe and Mail Top 10 Shows of 2015). He writes with director Alan Dilworth of their verbatim theatre practices in the substantial foreword to The Middle Place (Playwrights Canada Press) as well as independently in his chapter for In Defense of Theatre (UofT Press). Andrew is playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre, a Loran Scholar, and a grad of the BFA (Acting) program at the University of Alberta. As creative director of Project: Humanity and now Associate Artistic Director in Residence at Crow’s, he will forge on with a number of new documentary theatre projects and initiatives. One of his main areas of focus is The Teacher Trilogy, a set of plays about education and radical hope inspired by the international research of Dr. Kathleen Gallagher (UofT).

For more information, visit Crow's Theatre.



Applications Now Available: 15th Theatre Summer Camp- Seminar for Teachers, Artists, Facilitators & Youth in Greece!

We are thrilled to announce that applications are now available to participate in the 15th Theatre Summer Camp-Seminar at Agios Ioannis Beach in Mt. Pelion, Greece. The camp-seminar is organised by Hellenic Theatre/ Drama & Education Network, led by Nikos Govas, one of our Radical Hope research collaborators. From 24 to 30 of August 2016, artists, teachers, educators of all levels, actors, musicians, visual artists, theatre practitioners and scholars stay and work in the friendly and relaxing environment of a well organized campsite, by the sea.

Greece Theatre Summer Camp

Participants share their stories and communicate using as a medium/tool several theatrical techniques whilst investigating their application in education. The refugee issues and their impact on education of young children in particular will be approached through discussions and presentation by members of the “It Could Be Me-It Could Be You” Project run by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network and UNHCR Greece (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).


Book Announcment

Very pleased to share this new publication, co-edited with my wonderful colleague Barry Freeman and featuring a stunning cast of Canadian theatre artists and scholars: 

In Defence of Theatre

"Why theatre now? Reflecting on the mix of challenges and opportunities that face theatre in communities that are necessarily becoming global in scope and technologically driven, In Defence of Theatre offers a range of passionate reflections on this important question."

Available for purchase now at University of Toronto Pressbook launch poster


Happy International Women's Day!

Check out this e-discussion among feminist scholars for insight into what International Women’s Day means to them. The four discussants, all professors at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, are Dr. Kathleen Gallagher, Dr. Abigail Bakan, Dr. Ann Lopez and Dr. Jamie Magnusson. 


RiDE Special Issue: Drama and Curriculums

Check out articles on drama and the curriculum around the world. In this issue of Research in Drama Education, Dr. Gallagher speaks about these topics in the context of Ontario.


Multi-sited international SSHRC-funded research project:

Radical Hope works with partners in Taiwan, India, Greece, England, and here in Toronto investigating how the drama classroom/workshop and the concepts of 'hope' and 'care' can cultivate relationships, dispositions, and values that orient young people towards, and support them in, engaged citizenship.
See our interviews with Radical Hope collaborators as they think through the work happening in their own sites and the major themes of the ethnographic study.
Myrto Interview

Fall Events

The Radical Hope research team attended collaborator Andrew Kushnir's new play, Wormwood, which is playing at Tarragon Theatre until December 20th. Thanks to Dr. Anne Wessels, former research assistant on Dr. Gallagher's team, and to all for hosting us. Congratulations, Andrew! Click here to see the Tarragon's online news release on our visit to the show. 

The International Collaborators Meeting for the Radical Hope research team took place at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at University of Toronto mid-November. On November 19th, the team presented the Reclaiming the Radical: Drama in Dangerous Times curated panel with local and international Radical Hope research collaborators from India, Greece, Taiwan, England, and Toronto:

Reclaiming the Radical Full Poster


Dr. Gallagher served as a panelist for the 45th Annual CODE Conference: "Drama, Dance, and the Discovery of WE" taking place October 23rd-25th in Mississauga. Read the accompanying document, A Chorus of Voices: Shaping a Future for Drama in Education, which includes contributions from students, teachers, administrators, scholars, artists and arts educators.

In early October, Dr. Gallagher gave a lecture and theatre workshop in Colombia for the lead researchers and partner teachers from the Educational Development and Pedagogical Research Institute (IDEP), affiliated with the Bogotá School Board and with support from the Faculty of Arts of the Distrital University. Read Dr. Gallagher's Letter to My Friends in Bogotá with photos of "social justice seeking theatre" with drama teachers and students at schools throughout the city.

Dr. Gallagher served as the keynote speaker at the International Applied Theatre Symposium: The Performance of Hope at Aukland University in New Zealand. The keynote is entitled, Social Innovation and Radical Hope: An applied theatre practice against the entrenchment of global inequalities

Abstract: Research on social innovation has gained momentum over the last decade, spurred by the growing interest in a range of academic and policy discourses from management and entrepreneurship to health, the arts, education, political, economic and social policy. But, the boundaries of social innovation processes have not yet been completely defined, leaving considerable space for contributions to both theory and practice. Where is 'hope' situated within existing understandings of social innovation and in a time of overlapping global crises? Can hope be intentionally cultivated through the practices of applied theatre? In what ways can Applied Theatre artists practice hope, when broader neoliberal experiences of individualism and technologies of divisiveness threaten its very sustainability?This keynote will consider the role Applied Theatre research might play in rupturing the tide of inequality and polarization between and within the global North and South.


Happy Anniversary to Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance

Congratulations to RiDE for the global mobilization of 20 years of drama and applied theatre research. The publisher has made the journal freely accessible for the next year. Their most recent special anniversary issue includes a chapter by current doctoral student Dirk Rodricks entitled, Drama education as 'restorative' for the third space and a chapter by Dr. Gallagher entitled, Beckoning hope and care

Ontario Education Research Exchange features Gallagher & Service (2010) Research Brief:
The Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE) posted a research brief of the Gallagher and Service (2010) article that highlights the use of drama in evaluation research. The research study cited in the brief examined the use of theatre to stimulate discussions about social issues and changes to school culture. Check out the Research Brief!


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