Our Collaborators

Dr. Gallagher and her team work with a wide variety of drama teachers, artists and collaborating organizations to conduct research and share research findings.

Research Collaborators

Andrew Kushnir
Andrew Kushnir
Andrew Kushnir is an award-winning playwright, actor, and community arts worker, and the creative director of Project: Humanity (P:H). Andrew guided all sites on the model of Verbatim theatre and produced the playscript for Towards Youth: A Play on Radical Hope.
Featured Work
  • Playwright of The Middle Place, Small Axe, and Wormwood, Andrew’s writing has been described as “more than dramatized social work.”
  • A four-time Dora Award nominee (twice for writing, twice for performance)
  • In 2011, his play The Middle Place picked up the Toronto Theatre Critics' Award for Best Production.
  • In 2013 he received the U of A’s Alumni Horizon Award in recognition of his verbatim theatre practice.
  • Along with his work at Project: Humanity, he has held artistic roles at Crow's Theatre, Stratford and Tarragon Theatre.
Dr. Myrto Pigkou Repousi
Dr. Myrto Pigkou Repousi
Dr. Pigkou-Repousi  is an Assistant Professor in Theatre in Education at the Department of Theatre (School of Fine Arts) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Dr. Pigkou-Repousi's doctoral dissertation charted how ensemble theatre contributed to citizenship education in disadvantaged schools in Greece.
Professor Wan-Jung Wang
Professor Wan-Jung Wang
Professor Wang, of Tainan University is a leading expert in the exploration of oral history performance developed in classrooms. She focuses stories on the home and the domestic realm, to challenge the division between the public and the private. 
Featured Work
  • Wan-Jung Wang (2014).Re-imagining Communities and Implementing Social Learning: Contemporary Community Theatre Development in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. RIDE(Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance), 19 (4), 388-402.
  • Wan-Jung Wang. (2014). "Using Process Drama in Museum Theatre Educational Projects to Reconstruct Postcolonial Cultural Identities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan". RIDE(Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance), 19(1), 39-50.
  • Wan-Jung Wang. (2009). “The Subversive practice of Reminiscence Theatre in Taiwan”. In Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice. Eds. by M. Rendergast and J. Saxton. Eds. Bristol: Intellect Books.
Dr. Urvashi Sahni
Dr. Urvashi Sahni
Dr. Sahni is the founder of Prerna School and works in the area of personal and collective transformation through drama. She studies the scripted rules imposed on with lowest caste girls by home, making the domestic public, as students explore and express the politics of power that limit their lives.
Featured Work
  • Dr. Sahni has published extensively on Critical Pedagogy, Theatre in Education, Feminist Pedagogy, Child Cultures, and Girls’ Education and Empowerment.
  • Her current research focuses on developing and scaling her Girls’ Empowerment Program in India with the help of curricular reform, teacher training, and affordable technology.
  • Her latest book – Reaching for the Sky: Empowering Girls Through Education – draws on her 14 years of work with Prerna Girls School, and argues that education can be truly transformative if it addresses the everyday reality of girls’ lives and responds to their special needs and challenges with respect and care.
Learn more about Dr. Sahni's work
Dr. Rachel King
Dr. Rachel King
Dr. King is the Assistant Professor in Creativity, Performance and Education at the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick. She examines the ways drama and theatre-based pedagogies can be used to create hospitable and convivial spaces for interaction between multi-ethnic communities.
Featured Work
  • In 2007, Dr. King received a Collaborative Doctorate Award (CDA) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to work in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre (WAC) and the School of Theatre Studies, University of Warwick under the supervision of Professor Baz Kershaw and Alan Rivett, Director of WAC.
  • From 2011-15, Rachel worked as Senior Teaching Fellow for the MA in Drama and Theatre Education, in the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick.
  • In July 2015, she received a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE).
  • From May 2014 to June 2015, Rachel worked as lead education facilitator for Baz Kershaw's eco-pedagogy project entitled Meadow Meanders funded by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Leaning (IATL), University of Warwick.
Dr. Jorge Arcila
Dr. Jorge Arcila
Dr. Jorge Arcila is a Colombian-Canadian theater director, researcher and higher education teacher based in Bogotá-Colombia-South America. His work explores relationships between arts, collective memory and drama pedagogy in social and political post-conflict contexts.

Dr. Arcila has published books and articles on drama and pedagogy, arts based research, and collective memory. He is the founder member of FOOTHOLDS, a Colombian NGO which, from psychosocial perspective, works through arts and education with victims of the Colombian internal political conflict.
Featured Work
  • Dr. Arcila designed and directed the research project School Coexistence, Arts and Ethnography with Bogotá School Board teachers (2014-2016), which explored notions and meanings of “living together” in the School’s everyday life.
  • In Bogotá-Colombia he coordinated the Performed Ethnography for Anti-Homophobic Teacher Education international project, workshops and performances, a collaborative enterprise directed by Dr. Tara Goldstein of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education OISE/Toronto University, and the Colombian Research Institute for Pedagogical and Educational Development IDEP 2014.
  • Dr. Arcila as a theater researcher and playwright has been granted with the Colombian Minister of Culture scholarship award, and the Bogotá District Arts Institute Honorable Mention, 2011 and 1996 respectively.

Collaborating Organizations


PH is a non-profit organization raising social awareness through the arts. Founded by theatre/dance professionals and incorporated in 2008, the company has used drama and performance to foster greater understanding and empathy between marginalized groups and the community-at-large – locally in Toronto and across Canada. The company is committed to creating original, socially-minded theatre while maintaining a strong and ongoing community outreach practice – with a particular emphasis on young people.

PH is a leading developer of Canadian verbatim theatre with three new verbatim works-in-progress.

Since 2009, Dr. Gallagher has collaborated with the award-winning theatre company Project: Humanity. In her SSHRC-funded partnership grant, The Temporary Neighbourhoods of Homeless Youth in Shelters 2013-2015, Dr. Gallagher worked with four members of the company to carried out drama workshops at a Youth Without Shelter, a shelter for homeless youth in Rexdale to research and better understand their experiences of living in the shelter and working towards completing a high school diploma or gaining employment. Since 2013, Dr. Gallagher has collaborated with the company’s founding director, Andrew Kushnir, as an embedded artist in her SSHRC-funded project Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary (2013-2019) to study youth as care-takers and care-receivers in their communities, the role of artistic creation in understanding their concerns, and the function of hope in their lives in these socio-economically polarizing times.


​​2014-2019: Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: an intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement

2013-2014: The Temporary Neighbourhoods of Homeless Youth in Shelters: Their perspectives on and the implications of social-spatial polarization.

Ethnographic play development project: The Teacher.

2008-2013: Urban School Performances: The Interplay, through live and digital drama, of local-global knowledge about student engagement. Funded  by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


Andrew Kushnir, Creative Director


Website: http://www.projecthumanity.ca


Crow’s Theatre is a collaborator on our current research study, Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope, and the Ethical Imaginary: An Intercultural Investigation of Drama Pedagogy, Performance, and Civic Engagement. Along with Project:Humanity, Crow’s theatre is the producing company of the upcoming Teacher Trilogy, a trilogy of plays based on our research project and written by Toronto-based verbatim playwright and artist-collaborator, Andrew Kushnir.

Crow’s Theatre “seed[s] projects and collaborations with artists and companies that are engaged in the examination of our culture’s pivotal narratives in ways that are direct yet complex, entertaining and challenging; a process that happily and constantly leads us to reconsider, re imagine and redefine the possibilities of the theatre and the world that we make.”

In 2016, Dr. Gallagher began a partnership with Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre through a professional workshop in the development of Andrew Kushnir’s verbatim play built from her SSHRC-funded study Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary 2013-2019. From November-December 2017, the company ran a two-week development workshop with professional actors that culminated in two sold-out public readings in December 2017. The cycle of plays, Towards Youth was performed at Crow’s Theatre in their 2018/19 season.

Administrative Office:

345 Carlaw Avenue
Toronto, Ontario / M4M 2T1

+1 (647) 341-7390

General Inquiries:

Chris Abraham Artistic Director

Andrew Kushnir Associate Artistic Director



Young People’s Theatre is the largest Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) company in Canada and a significant institution in the Canadian professional theatre community.

Over its 48-year history, they have produced many of the most important works that now form the canon of plays for young audiences in this country. Learning is at the centre of everything and YPT is renowned as the showplace for presenting important TYA work developed elsewhere.

In addition to being a producer and presenter of theatre, YPT has also been home to a year-round Drama School for youth since 1969.

Young People’s Theatre has been a collaborator for the last decade.

With education outreach director Karen Gilodo and Lois Adamson (both former students), Dr. Gallagher devised a teacher workshop series to accompany each theatre season. Dr. Gallagher also serves as a research consultant to the company on their Partner School Inquiry projects and their Ada Slaight Applied Theatre research award.

Young People’s Theatre
165 Front Street East
Toronto, ON
M5A 3Z4  
Tel: (416) 363-5131.

Education and Participation Department
Karen Gilodo, Education Director

Tel: (416) 363-5131 (x 221)


In collaboration with Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, Dr. Gallagher developed a program of workshops for secondary drama teachers from diverse school districts to address the Ontario Curriculum Expectations and develop curriculum for Intermediate Senior Drama Education.  She conducted survey research after the inaugural year (1999) to modify and develop the workshop program to meet the needs of in-service teachers. Since 2000, the collaboration has expanded the suite of workshops to include pre-service drama teacher candidates. Workshop Program includes: Improvisation; Lighting and Sound Design; Technical Theatre; Monologues; Mask Work; Stage Management; and Vocal Techniques (see www.tarragontheatre.com/outreach).

More about Dr. Gallagher’s work with Tarragon may be experienced through her on-going public lectures, interviews, and other events.


Radical Hope global research collaborators attend Wormwood, written by artist collaborator Andrew Kushnir November 2015. 

The Circle

Dr. Gallagher engaged in dialogue with former student and former Tarragon Director of Education Anne Wessels on images of youth in Canadian Theatre as part of a lecture series October 2016. The conversation was in conjunction with the Tarragon Theatre play The Circle. 


The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry England, is the artist partner of our collaborator Dr. Rachel King. 

Dr. Gallagher has collaborated with Belgrate Theatre and the Canley Youth Theatre group since 2014, beginning with the Radical Hope research project. This partnership continues with her most recent SSHRC, Global Youth (Digital) Citizen-Artists and their Publics in 2019.




Dr. Gallagher has a long-standing partnership with CODE, often speaking at and supporting CODE events. 



Dr. Gallagher has acted as a consultant to this youth-led organization committed to the creation of mental health curriculum by youth for youth.

Dr. Gallagher is a frequent speaker and essayist at the Stratford Festival. She maintains strong partnerships with festival collaborators, including Lois Adamson (a former student). 

Dr. Gallagher was the essayist for program of production of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s play Belle Moral. Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 2004. 

Dr. Kathleen Gallagher conducted research and assessment of ETFO’s 2008-2009 Poverty and Education project. 

Dr. Gallagher has provided a variety of workshops in collaboration with the Performing Arts Organization Network, such as theatre feedback sessions.