1st Edition

Playbuilding as Qualitative Research A Participatory Arts-Based Approach

By Joe Norris Copyright 2009
    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is for both art-based researchers and research-informed artists, exploring the theatrical genre known as Collective Creation, or Playbuilding. Performers generate data around chosen topics— from addiction and sexuality to qualitative research—by compiling scenes from their disparate voices. Audience members become involved in the investigation, and the performed scenes do not end the conversation but challenge and extend it. Through discussion and audience participation, the process examines how knowledge is defined and how data is mediated.

    PART I The Background

    PART II The Scripting

    PART III The Performance Workshop


    About the Author


    Joe Norris was a co-founder and the artistic director of the Mirror Theatre, a social issues focused touring theatre troupe, and he co-edited the book Learning to Teach Drama: A Case Narrative Approach. He has served as the Theatre-in-Education Network Chair and Research Network Chair for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. He presently teaches courses on integrating the arts in the curriculum, learning through drama, curriculum theory, qualitative research, drama as a way of knowing, and the principles of learning at St. Francis Xavier University.