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Dr Martin Heaney

Senior Lecturer in Drama, Applied Theatre and Performance

Co-Director, Centre of Applied and Participatory Arts

Co-Director, Centre of Applied and Participatory Arts (CAPA) - Supporting the development of a new research centre to optimise ADI outreach partnership and research potential. CAPA connects academics in different UEL schools to deliver socially-engaged, arts-based research.

    My research interests reflect long experience as an Applied Drama practitioner, directing and developing workshops with diverse communities since the 1990s. Activities include leading roles in Theatre in Health and HIV Education (YTouring) and co-directing a Community Interest Company, HertsCreation, delivering innovative arts education partnership projects in Hertfordshire 2010-2014. Current activity includes research and evaluation for GetCreative, a Paul Hamlyn funded programme in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to develop artists as facilitators and community 'connectors' to promote increased participation in the arts.  


    Performing Masculinity - currently writing monograph for publication in early 2021 based on PhD research on the Representation of the Male Adolescent in British Theatre since 1900.

    The Academic as Cultural Intermediary - portfolio under development documenting current evaluation and research activity exploring the role of HEIs in promoting school / artist partnerships and increased cross-sectoral networking and collaboration.
    'Kaizen' -  Leading Whole School Change in the Primary Sector through Creative Learning and 'Small step' Interventions - case study documentation of a 10 year process of primary school improvement 


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    ‘Partnership, Research and Teacher Enquiry’ in Exploring Creative Learning, ed. McGill, 
    C., N’Guessan, T., Rosen. M., (Trentham Books, London, 2007) 





    Dissertations - Academic Writing L6 

    Critical Theory - Introduction to Critical Analysis and Theoretical Frameworks on Gender, Race and Identity in Performance L4 

    PhD Co-Supervisor - Millennial Theatre. Tom Drayton