Description - Applied Theatre: Facilitation by Dr. Sheila Preston
Applied Theatre: Facilitation is the first publication that directly explores the facilitator's role within a range of socially engaged theatre and community theatre settings. The book offers a new theoretical framework for understanding critical facilitation in contemporary dilemmatic spaces and features a range of writings and provocations by international practitioners and experienced facilitators working in the field.
Part One offers an introduction to the concept, role and practice of facilitation and its applications in different contexts and cultural locations. It offers a conceptual framework through which to understand the idea of critical facilitation: a political practice that that involves a critical (and self-critical) approach to pedagogies, practices (doing and performing), and resilience in dilemmatic spaces. Part Two illuminates the diversity in the field of facilitation in applied theatre through offering multiple voices, case studies, theoretical positions and contexts. These are drawn from Australia, Serbia, Kyrgyzstan, India, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda, the United Kingdom and North America, and they apply a range of aesthetic forms: performance, process drama, forum, clowning and playmaking. Each chapter presents the challenge of facilitation in a range of cultural contexts with communities whose complex histories and experiences have led them to be disenfranchised socially, culturally and/or economically.
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Author Biography - Dr. Sheila Preston
Sheila Preston is Head of Performing Arts at the University of East London, UK. She is a practising mediator and drama facilitator and has worked in a range of settings locally and internationally, including work with young people, with adults in mental health settings, and in development contexts. She co-edited with Tim Prentki The Applied Theatre Reader (2009) and is co-editor, with Micheal Balfour, of Bloomsbury Methuen Drama's Applied Theatre series.