Kathleen Marie Gallagher

Kathleen Marie Gallagher
University of Toronto | U of T · Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

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Introduction
Kathleen Marie Gallagher currently works in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto. Their current project is 'Radical Hope'.
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This paper considers the social role of collaborative ethnographic research amid our current intersecting social, political and ecological crises. It investigates how the multi-sited, arts-based, ethnographic study, Global Youth (Digital) Citizen-Artists and their Publics: Performing for Socio-Ecological Justice (2019–2024), adopts drama as a tool...
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Our article explores the impact of the global health pandemic on our five-year, multi-sited, collaborative ethnographic study titled Global Youth (Digital) Citizen-Artists and their Publics: Performing for Socio-Ecological Justice (2019-2024). We illustrate how our arts-led, youth-driven ethnographic ”methodology-in-motion” responded to a destabili...
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This article explores the nature of ethnographic collaboration during the harrowing and unpredictable times of a global pandemic. Documenting Year Two of a five-year, multi-sited ethnographic study, which necessitated virtual fieldwork in global drama classrooms (in Canada, India, Colombia, Taiwan, England, Greece), we offer a theoretical picture a...
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This article explores the nature of ethnographic collaboration during the harrowing and unpredictable times of a global pandemic. Documenting Year Two of a five-year, multi-sited ethnographic study, which necessitated virtual fieldwork in global drama classrooms (in Canada, India, Colombia, Taiwan, England, Greece), we offer a theoretical picture a...
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This article explores the unexpected discovery of a significant divergence between the strong feelings of safety and belonging reported in a school and neighborhood safety survey, and the discursive, contradictory, and complex narratives about safety revealed by students’ storytelling through theater and narratives shared with researchers in a Toro...
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This article considers research as inquiry and social intervention through the lens of building theatre audiences. Detailing a research and creative collaboration with a Toronto-based theatre company, and their verbatim play Towards Youth: a play on radical hope created from the data of a global ethnographic research project, we extend Schechner's...
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This article considers the theatre as a vital site for the formation of an ‘intergenerational polis’ through its examination of the verbatim play, Towards Youth: A play on radical hope, by Andrew Kushnir. Performed in Toronto from February to March, 2019, at Crow’s Theatre, Towards Youth attracted a uniquely intergenerational audience. Our audience...
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Cet article de Kathleen Gallagher et Andrew Kushnir présente une étude ethnographique effectuée de 2014 à 2019 auprès de 250 élèves dans des salles d’art dramatique au Canada, en Angleterre, en Inde, en Grèce et à Taïwan. L’expérience et les résultats de la recherche ont servi de base à la pièce Towards Youth, un projet de théâtre documentaire copr...
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This article engages with the sudden pivot to online learning and research in a Toronto high school drama classroom during the COVID pandemic, revealing a complex portrait of youth, connection, and the digital world at a time of physical distancing. In light of these shifting ‘personal geographies’, we reflect on what drama practices might be mobil...
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In this introductory chapter, we begin by familiarizing readers with the key terms and concepts of the Radical Hope Research Project. Setting the context of the transnational research, situated in Canada, Taiwan, India, England, and Greece, we then consider some of the current complexities of research encounters with young people across diverse geo...
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I like to think about my role in the project as the ‘bringer-together’ of deeply intelligent, politically committed, and creative researchers and practitioners. Each global collaborator in this study has a unique relationship with me and something in the crossing of our scholarly paths made me excited to reach out and invite them to collaborate on...
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This book explores the affective and relational lives of young people in diverse urban spaces. By following the trajectories of diverse young people as they creatively work through multiple and unfolding global crises, it asks how arts-based methodologies might answer the question: How do we stand in relation to others, those nearby and those at gr...
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This chapter analyses a long-standing relationship between Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre and local schools, colleges and universities and in particular, the University of Toronto. Contextualizing this relationship in the larger historical landscape of cultural and educational policy and global migration, we chart the change in focus from simply offeri...
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Gallagher and Sahni elaborate on their decade-long collaboration, focussing here on their latest multi-sited ethnographic study, Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: an intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement (2014–2019) and the pedagogy and theatre work carried out at Prerna School for gir...
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For young artists and their educators, the adoption of documentary theatre practices can be deeply appealing given their seemingly privileged capacity to truthfully represent the multi-faceted realities of contemporary life. The often ubiquitous impulse, however, toward straightforward, narrative representations may in fact betray the reality (felt...
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This chapter investigates the unexpected emergence of novel connections between self-creation, documentary theatre technique, performance pedagogy, and educational community that manifested themselves within an international, ethnographic study of youth civic engagement and theatre. Over the course of two years of observation and 45 individual and...
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For young artists and their educators, the adoption of documentary theatre practices can be deeply appealing given their seemingly privileged capacity to truthfully represent the multi-faceted realities of contemporary life. The often ubiquitous impulse, however, toward straightforward, narrative representations may in fact betray the reality (felt...
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As a corrective to the lone, exceptional artist theory prevalent in historical conceptions of ‘creative genius’, this chapter explores how the creative person is formed in community as they participate, practice, and perform new ways of being, relating, and understanding their local context and the perpetually changing global world that edges ever...
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In this paper, the authors argue for novel, less mimetic, ways to harness ‘the real’ in drama practices. They study particular youth theatre-making practices in a Toronto secondary classroom, both successes and failures, to make the case for an untethering of ‘the real’ from realism’s representational aesthetics. They further track the more relatio...
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In this article, we demonstrate how theatre pedagogy was mobilized, and to what effects, in one Toronto drama classroom which was strongly divided along racial lines. Using the work of Diane Reay (2012) and Tara Yosso (2005) in particular, among other theorists and social commentators, as well as data from a multi-year, multi-sited global ethnograp...
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Collaborating with Project: Humanity, an acclaimed socially engaged theatre company, we mobilized, over 16 weeks, an applied theatre methodology of drama workshops and traditional qualitative research methods to explore issues of spatialized inequality and localized poverty with a youth shelter community in Toronto, Canada. Observations gleaned thr...
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As part of a nationwide study of growing socio-spatial inequality, researchers collaborated with a Toronto youth shelter and a theatre company, Project: Humanity, to use drama methods to explore local manifestations of poverty and social polarization. Together, shelter-dwelling youths and researchers challenged understandings of ‘resilience’ beyond...
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This chapter describes a research project in which emotion is considered a key resource in the generation of qualitative ‘data’ and ensuing analyses. Methodologically, it draws on improvisational theatre as an activity that stimulates dialogue and the embodied understandings of research participants. Even when research values, and methodologically...
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In this article, the author considers the place of drama in the formal curriculum in Ontario, Canada by considering its position in relation to curriculum theory and the texts that formally articulate it as a discipline to be taught in schools. The drama curriculum in Ontario aims to engage young people in activities and experiences that invite the...
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Why theatre now? Reflecting on the mix of challenges and opportunities that face theatre in communities that are necessarily becoming global in scope and technologically driven, In Defence of Theatre offers a range of passionate reflections on this important question. Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman bring together nineteen playwrights, actors...
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This article reports on findings from a case study of an eighth-grade teacher in an innercity school in downtown Toronto, Canada. It investigates the teacher’s pedagogical use of the metaphor of “family,” using interview data to underscore the effects produced by such an operating logic in a classroom. Methodologically, the article puts forward a n...
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As the twenty-first century moves towards its third decade, applied theatre is being shaped by contemporary economic and environmental concerns and is contributing to new conceptual paradigms that influence the ways in which socially engaged art is produced and understood. This collection offers fresh perspectives on the aesthetics, politics and hi...
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Theatres of Affect. Edited by Erin Hurley. New Essays on Canadian Theatre, Vol. IV. Toronto, ON: Playwrights Canada Press, 2014. Pp. 296. £13/$25 Pb. - Volume 40 Issue 2 - Kathleen Gallagher
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What makes young people care about themselves, others, their communities, and their futures? In Why Theatre Matters, Kathleen Gallagher uses the drama classroom as a window into the daily challenges of marginalized youth in Toronto, Boston, Taipei, and Lucknow. An ethnographic study which mixes quantitative and qualitative methodology in an interna...
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The following article describes a research context that has privileged both virtual and placed-based ethnographic fieldwork, using a hybrid methodology of live and digital communications across school sites in Toronto, Canada; Lucknow, India; Taipei, Taiwan; and Boston, USA. The multi-site ethnographic study is concerned with questions of school (d...
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In this article, we consider the aesthetic, political and pedagogical strengths of a verbatim theatre performance, The Middle Place by Project: Humanity, a play that explores the experiences of shelter youth in Toronto, Canada. This ethnographic study moved from drama classrooms into theatres and charted audience responses to the production, its pr...
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This article draws from three different ethnographic research projects situated in Canadian urban and suburban drama classrooms in which the student population is highly diverse linguistically, culturally, racially, and ethnically. In each of these classes, as students engage in discussion in and out of role, some of the unsettling events of their...
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This paper analyses the convergence of ethnographic research and Verbatim theatre in both the context of an urban secondary school drama classroom and in two professional theatres in the city of Toronto. This four-year international, digital, collaborative ethnography focuses on performance and its relationship to youth engagement. As part of the l...
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This article explores the possibilities and frustrations of using digital methods in a multi-sited ethnographic research project. The project, Urban School Performances: The interplay, through live and digital drama, of local-global knowledge about student engagement, is a study of youth and teachers in drama classrooms in contexts of schooling mar...
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The widespread turn towards ‘collaboration’ in qualitative research methodologies warrants careful and continuous critique. This paper addresses the possibilities and the challenges of collaborative methodology, and in particular what happens when the line between pedagogy and methodology is blurred in classroom-based ethnographic research. Troubli...
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In this article, the author argues that storytelling is centrally important to education research. The proliferation of narrative methodologies, albeit significant and innovative in the evolution of qualitative studies in education, has, nonetheless, not been accompanied by a theoretical body that has captured the complexities – ethical and methodo...
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Measurements of literacy learning in schools, the authors argue, have settled into static and individualized understandings of what should be the most invigorating and social aspect of schooling for youth. By contrast, this article explores the place of aesthetic, dialogic, and performative forms of literacy in the adolescent classroom by excavatin...
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This paper examines an experiment in theatre-making with a group of Roma refugee youth currently living in Toronto, Canada. A drama academic, a professional theatre director, an Executive Director of a Roma Community Centre, two Hungarian translators and nine Roma youth worked together to cross language and cultural borders in order to place theatr...
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What would constitute a theatre methodology in social science research? Since the completion of my last study in drama classrooms in Toronto and New York schools, I have given much thought to the process of research and its relationship to the processes of improvised drama. In our collaborative qualitative research with young people in schools, we...
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The coherence of a ‘research program’ is often betrayed by the unanticipated turns and detours in arts research. The following article reflects upon the place of the unexpected in arts research, the alternative ways in which knowledge or ‘findings’ are often constructed, and the complexity of calibrating or measuring arts research for broader publi...
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What is the relationship between improvisation and (drama) education? In this article, Gallagher examines the brief history of improvisation in the drama curriculum and its connection to forms of pedagogy that have prevailed in formal drama classrooms. The “love-hate” relationship many teachers seem to have with classroom improvisation is considere...
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This article reports on an impact assessment study, conducted between 2007 and 2009, of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario's (ETFO) Poverty and Education Project, an intervention which encouraged educators to challenge their assumptions about poverty and explore collaborative opportunities to mitigate the effects of poverty in their sch...
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In this paper, the authors consider early results from their ethnographic research in urban drama classrooms by parsing the aesthetic and social imperatives at play in the classroom. Moved by the observation that teachers and students alike seem to be pursuing elusive aesthetic and social ideals, the authors draw on Judith Butler's notion of ‘melan...
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A review ofCurriculum and Cultural Diversity (Gloria Ladson-Billings & Keffrelyn D. Brown. Chapter 8, pp. 153–175.)Identity, Community, and Diversity: Retheorizing Multicultural Curriculum for the Postmodern Era (Sonia Nieto, Patty Bode, Eugenie Kang, & John Raible. Chapter 9,pp. 176–197.)Students’ Experience of School Curriculum: The Everyday Circ...
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Dying to Teach: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning (Jeffrey Berman. 2007. Albany: State University of New York Press. 284 pages.)
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This article examines the particular strength of theatre to raise questions about relations of gender and race. The authors consider the ‘rights’ of youth and teachers in schools to use drama to critique their cultural contexts and connect these educational struggles to those of broader political, cultural, and social democratic life. The empirical...
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Proponents of theatre-based research presentations-called, variously, performed ethnography, ethnodrama, arts-based research-often argue that knowledge is both presented and disseminated more powerfully and effectively than is the case with the conventional research report, scholarly article, or book. This article looks at some of the ways in which...
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Because of its powerful socializing effects, the school has always been a site of cultural, political, and academic conflict. In an age where terms such as ’hard-to-teach,’ and ’at-risk’ beset our pedagogical discourses, where students have grown up in systems plagued by anti-immigrant, anti-welfare, ’zero-tolerance’ rhetoric, how we frame and unde...
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The study on which this paper is based examined the experiences of students in order to develop a theoretical and empirically grounded account of the dynamic social forces of inclusion and exclusion experienced by youth in their unique contexts of North American urban schooling. The ethnographic scenes, organized into four "beats," theatrically ren...
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This paper explores spatial theory, and particularly a Foucauldian analysis of space, power, and the subject, as a frame within which to examine moves toward security in North American urban schools. We bring into play empirical data from an ethnographic study of New York City and Toronto schools where policies and technologies of record-keeping, i...
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The Journal of Aesthetic Education 39.4 (2005) 82-94 There are several ways in which aesthetic discourses might be positioned in the field of drama education. While some might locate "aesthetics" in the cognitive or interpretive realm of learning, and others the affective or philosophical realm, I have chosen to speak of the discourses of aesthetic...
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In this paper, the authors trace the policy documents and legislation in Canada that have set, over the last twenty years, the context for 'inclusion' in Ontario's public schools. The authors then enliven this historical account of multicultural policy innovation by turning to a particular critical episode in a secondary classroom wherein they cons...
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In this paper, the authors trace the policy documents and legislation in Canada that have set, over the last twenty years, the context for ‘inclusion’ in Ontario's public schools. The authors then enliven this historical account of multicultural policy innovation by turning to a particular critical episode in a secondary classroom wherein they cons...
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Jean-Paul Sartre's philosophical writings on the theatre and Bertold Brecht's theatre for instruction inform this investigation of drama's pedagogies. The paper questions what the matrix of theatre and pedagogy might mean for education and, most especially, education for inner-city youth. Entwining modern and postmodern conceptions of theatre and e...
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Canada boasts a remarkable number of talented theatre artists, scholars, and educators. How Theatre Educates brings together essays and other contributions from members of these diverse communities to advocate for a broader and more inclusive understanding of theatre as an educative force. Organized to reflect the variety of contexts in which profe...
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The title of this article is borrowed and adapted from Dorothy Smith's authoritative text, “The Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminist Sociology.” The basic premise of Smith's work is that sociology, as a discipline, has operated largely outside women's experiences and has, despite this, been used as a means of measuring, understanding, and arti...
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An action research collaboration investigating the implementation of pedagogical and curricular change in an Ontario grade eight classroom led researchers to unanticipated and valued findings. The vehicle of drama for the teaching of a new History curriculum methodologies that redistributed power and re- defined roles among grade eight students. Wo...
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Within a larger discussion of the field known as Curriculum Studies, this paper situates Dramatic Arts, as both subject and process. Definitions and descriptions of “curriculum” are taken up in an account of the process-driven context of drama education. The paper suggests the necessary interaction that takes place between teacher and learners and...

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