NYU Educational Theatre & Drama Therapy Forum 2019: Theatre & Health


April 11-14, 2019

An aging population, increasing climate and politically-motivated displacement, unstable housing, the rise of depression and anxiety, and the challenges of providing comprehensive healthcare amongst other concerns make health a significant challenge for our times. With this in mind, we invite you to join us for an exploration of how theatre, including improvisation, performance, and other drama processes, contribute to psychological, neurological, physical, social, civic and public health. Teachers, drama therapists, applied improvisation practitioners, theatre-makers, performance artists, and scholars are invited to come together to share vocabularies, ideas, strategies, practices, measures, and outcomes.

During this event, participants will consider the following questions:
  • What understandings of health and wellbeing inform improvisation and theatre-making?
  • How can theatre, including performance, improvisation and other drama processes, be used to address specific health concerns and promote wellbeing?
  • How can we assess health outcomes related to theatre?
  • How are artists, educators, and therapists using improvisation and performance in health related research?
  • How do health-related contexts inform aesthetic choices and social considerations?
  • What factors contribute to the therapeutic benefits of theatre?
  • What practices facilitate accessibility and participation in therapeutic theatre?
Call for Proposals

Deadline: January 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

We invite the global community to submit session proposals dealing with research, artistry, and practice. Proposals can be submitted for workshops, papers, narratives, and performances that address the guiding questions listed above. Submissions are due by Monday, January 15, 2019 (11:59pm, EST), and we strive to notify potential presenters by February 20. We encourage new researchers and practitioners to submit proposals as well, so we can include new voices in the discourse.

Papers and Narratives (30 minutes):
We invite authors to submit a proposal for the presentation of a paper or narrative. Papers and narratives must be grounded in research, artistry, or practice and should somehow address the guiding questions for the forum. Proposals should outline elements of the research, practice, and/or theory-focused work the author wishes to present. Accepted papers and narratives will be organized as much as possible into thematic sessions. 30 minutes will be designated to these presentations: 20 minutes to present and 10 minutes for Q&A.

Workshops (45 or 90 minutes):

We invite practitioners to apply to facilitate workshops relating to the use of improvisation, performance, and/or theatre related skills to facilitate health and wellbeing. Proposals should outline the details of the workshop: who are the participants, what strategies will the facilitator(s) demonstrate, and how will the participants later apply this approach to their own work? Workshops will be held in an open workshop space. Workshops may be provided with a 45 or 90-minute timeslot and accepted practitioners should allow time within that period for discussion.

Artistic Sharings (45 minutes):

We invite authors to apply to share examples of theatre and health. Proposals should outline elements of research, artistry, practice and/or theory-focused work embedded within the piece. Proposed sharings should have already been staged and/or presented for an audience in another venue prior to their inclusion in the forum and could be comprised of a scene, scenes or the entire piece. Please note: Sharings will be staged in a workshop space, and will not receive technical support. Sharings will be provided with a 45-minute time slot and accepted presenters should allow time within that period for discussion of the work (i.e. 30 minute sharing/ 15 minute discussion).

Submission Instructions

The submission and review of proposals for the 2019 NYU Forum on Theatre and Health will be managed through an online conference proposal management system called EasyChair. This system gives you, the author, complete control over your submission. You can upload your abstract and check on the review status of your submission.

Please use the template below and submit through the Abstract box on Easychair. Do not upload additional documents - they will not be reviewed.

Under topic, please choose your type of proposal.

Title of Proposal
Type (Paper or Narrative, Workshop, Artistic Sharing)
Abstract (250 words maximum describing your session)
Relevance (250 words maximum describing how your proposal addresses the themes of the conference)
Biographical Statement (150 word maximum per presenter)
Proposals will be peer reviewed. Submissions are due by January 15, 2019 (11:59pm, EST). Authors/applicants will be notified of the outcome by February 20, 2019.

Submit your proposal.

Additional instructions for creating an EasyChair account and submitting a proposal are available. Feel free to submit any additional questions to nyuforum2019@gmail.com.

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We look forward to seeing you at NYU in the spring!

Sincerely,

The 2019 NYU Forum Committee

and

Dr. Nisha Sajnani and Dr. David Montgomery, Co-Chairs