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Call for Participants for Doctoral Research

Job details

The Faculty of Education and Social Work, Auckland University
11 Sep 2020
Work type
Volunteer, Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Research, Education & Development


Theatre artists creating theatre for social change


Job details: There is an opportunity for theatre artists to contribute to a doctoral research project with the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland in 2020. 

Participants will take part in a 2-day theatre workshops held in Auckland and work collaboratively with fellow artists who have a passion for theatre for social change. The research calls for a diverse range of practitioners from community/professional theatre communities, as well as training and education sectors relating to the performing arts. There is a focus on theatre artists who relate their work to theatre for social change.

The workshop is a chance to reflect on your craft as a creative theatre practitioner, learning more about how and why we create theatre for social change. Participants will engage in improvisation, scene construction, poetry, song, dance, reflective discussion, drawing etc. During these activities participants will reflect on their own creative practice and will collaborate with other participants. The material generated from these workshops will inform a new performance work, directed by the researcher, to be examined as part of the doctoral research at a later date


There are three opportunities in Auckland during to participate in these workshops.


Saturday & Sunday, September 19th & 20th, at TAPAC

Saturday & Sunday, November 21st & 22nd 2020 at the Actor’s Studio


PLEASE NOTE: These workshops have been redesigned to be able to comply with each alert level.

-          Level 1 will be run face-to-face onsite over two days.

-          Level 2 will be run in a combination of face-to-face and online via the Zoom platform over two days.

-          Level 3 & 4 will be facilitated entirely on Zoom over three days and 90 min sessions.


A Covid-19 Information Sheet will be emailed to all current and potential participants to advise of changes.

Face-to-face sessions will run for three hours over two consecutive days and will include breaks and refreshments.

Zoom sessions will run for 90 minutes over three consecutive days and will include opportunities to collaborate in smaller groups online.


Participation is voluntary.


Workshops in 2021 are to be confirmed.



How to apply

How to apply: Please email doctoral candidate Kat Thomas to highlight your interest in participating.

Please see the Participant Information Sheet here.

You will then be emailed an Expression of Interest for you to read, complete and email back. You will receive a confirmation email of your submission and will be contacted by Friday September 11th to confirm your participation in the study. 


If you have any further questions please email


Contact details: Kat Thomas

Doctoral Candidate

University of Auckland: Faculty of Education

Critical Studies in Education: Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre

Approved by the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee on 15th July 2020 for three years. Reference Number: 024224

Written by

Julia Barnes

4 Aug 2020