Philip Taylor, Director of Educational Theatre

Philip Taylor (Associate Professor) B.Ed. 1980, Rusden State College (Australia); MA 1988, Ph.D. 1992, New York University; has been Director of the Program in Educational Theatre since 2003.  His research interests are in the fields of applied theatre and process drama, qualitative research, reflective praxis and educational inquiry. His book Applied Theatre: Creating Transformative Encounters in the Community describes how theatre can empower individuals and communities to effect change. Dr Taylor established the International Institute in Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI) which has met in Australia, Canada, England, Jamaica, and the United States. He was inaugural director of the first centre in Australia dedicated to applied theatre research, Centre for Applied Theatre Research, Griffith University, 1997-2001, and was foundation editor of Applied Theate Researcher. His book Researching Drama and Arts Education: Paradigms and Possibilities (Falmer) has been a standard text on research design used by many graduate students worldwide. Other publications include Assessment in Arts Education (Heinemann), Structure and Spontaneity (Trentham Books), Redcoats and Patriots: Reflective Practice in Drama and Social Studies (Heinemann) and The Drama Classroom: Action, Reflection, Transformation (RoutledgeFalmer). Dr Taylor has served on numerous international editorial boards, including Studies in Applied Arts and Health, Research in Drama Education, Drama Research, International Journal of Education and the Arts, and Drama Australia Journal.  Directing credits for NYU include the brechtbeckett workshop (Black Box), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Provincetown Playhouse), Ah—Ssess (Frederick Loewe Theatre, and IDIERI in England), Tears of the Mind (prison theatre project upstate New York), Beautiful Menaced Child (NYU Forum on Ethnotheatre/Theatre for Social Justice), and Gross Indecency: The three trials of Oscar Wilde (Provincetown). Dr Taylor has given keynote addresses across the globe, most recently in Japan and China, and is a frequent workshop presenter worldwide.  At NYU he established a new scholarly periodical, Arts Praxis, and is excited by his forthcoming book Theatre behind Bars: can the arts rehabilitate?