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