Short Course description
The Act of Health: Drama and Performance explores dramatic practice as a methodology for enhancing health and wellbeing in both community settings and for individuals. You will have the opportunity to learn about applied and interactive drama and performance in health contexts from both a viewer’s perspective and as a participant. Topics covered include the use of comedy in clinical settings, role-play for healthy relationship building and self-expression, and practices of ritual and celebration for community and personal health. Structured, practical activities will introduce you to the key principles of dramatic practice for personal and community wellbeing.
Dr Eliza Burke is an interdisciplinary researcher and writer with an MFA in Art Theory (University of Tasmania) and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (Monash University). She is also an independent art curator and has held a variety of project co-ordination and management roles in the arts industry and the tertiary education sector. She teaches and has assisted on many research projects across the disciplines of Sociology and Art Theory, with particular expertise in mental health and gender theory, and contemporary arts practices. She has published her own research in Feminist Media Studies, Australian Feminist Studies and Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health and regularly contributes to the Asia-Pacific arts magazine, Artlink.