The Applied Theatre Artist: Responsivity and Expertise in Practice

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This book analyses the work of applied theatre practitioners using a new framework of ‘responsivity’ to make visible their unique expertise. In-depth investigation of practice combines with theorisation to provide a fresh view of the work of artists and facilitators. Case studies are drawn from community contexts: with women, mental health service users, refugees, adults with a learning disability, older people in care, and young people in school. Common skills and qualities are given a vocabulary to help define applied theatre work, such as awareness, anticipation, adaptation, attunement, and responsiveness.

The Applied Theatre Artist is of scholarly, practical, and educational interest. The book offers detailed analysis of how skilled theatre artists make in-action decisions within socially engaged participatory projects. Rich description of in-session activity reveals what workshop facilitators actually do and how they think, offering a rare focus in applied theatre.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages229
ISBN (Electronic)9783030472689
ISBN (Print)9783030472672, 9783030472702
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2020

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