Responsivity in Applied Theatre Practitioner Expertise: Introducing Identifying Patterns and Names

Hepplewhite, Kay (2017) Responsivity in Applied Theatre Practitioner Expertise: Introducing Identifying Patterns and Names. ARTSPRAXIS, 4 (1). pp. 1-13. ISSN 1552-5236

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Abstract

This article outlines a research project investigating the expertise of applied theatre practitioners. Summarising some of the research approaches and findings, a conceptualization of ‘responsivity’ is proposed to encapsulate the blended expertise of those artists that work in community, participatory and applied settings. The ‘practice responsive’ research methodology utilizing ‘reflective dialogues’ with practitioners is explained and the resulting artists’ commentaries are embedded throughout. I outline how reflection and response thread through a conceptualization of applied theatre in literatures, and discuss how these themes informed both the method and the findings of my research. Whilst offering namings for patterns found common to practitioners operating across diverse contexts, the article also acknowledges how naming can close down understanding of the complex operations and qualities of the practitioner. I suggest a theoretical proposition of ‘__’ (underscore) to open up understanding of the workers and the work of applied theatre, in order to allow further insight to their expertise. The proposal concludes by arguing how the practitioners’ developmental response to the work enhances applied theatre’s beneficial objectives for participants.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W400 Drama
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 25 May 2017 14:27
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 20:28
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/30855

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