LIFE DRAMA

The Life Drama Project makes use of applied theatre & performance techniques to promote sexual health & wellbeing in Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and Northern Australia.

Project Team

2.1 Project Team

Professor Brad Haseman

As Assistant Dean (Research) for the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology, Brad has worked as a teacher and researcher for over thirty years pursuing his fascination with the aesthetics and forms of contemporary performance and pedagogy. Formerly a drama teacher and consultant in Queensland secondary schools, Brad is well-known as an author (Dramawise) and as a workshop leader and speaker, regularly presenting throughout Australia, Asia and Europe. Brad maintains his practice as a drama educator in university and corporate settings. He has received a number of teaching awards in recognition of his role as a consultant to business and community groups engaged in experiential learning and he continues to conduct management and leadership programs with Queensland Health and the Royal Brisbane and Woman’s Hospital. Brad’s current research investigates practice-led methodologies for the arts and evaluation strategies to assess the impact of experiential learning techniques in corporate and community settings. These concerns are currently being investigated through the Life Drama Project which researches how applied performance forms and indigenous folk opera forms may be used for HIV&AIDS education in Papua New Guinea. In 2008 he co-authored the Occasional Paper The arts and Australia’s national innovation system 1994–2008 for the Council for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) and was appointed to the Australia Council for the Arts where he chairs the Community Partnerships Committee.

Professor Don Stewart

Professor Donald Stewart has over 30 years of international experience in the fields of public health, education and community development. He is currently the Head of the School of Public Health at Griffith University, Australia, and Vice-President, South West Pacific Region, International Union for Health Promotion and Education. He was educated in England, receiving degrees from Durham University, Leicester University and Oxford University. He received his doctorate from Otago University in New Zealand and his Masters in Public Health from the University of New South Wales, Australia. His previous positions include Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology and the Research Director for a Parliamentary Committee in Victoria.

Associate Professor Anne Hickling Hudson

Associate Professor Anne Hickling Hudson is a teaching and research professor in the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Parker

Associate Professor Elizabeth Parker is a teaching and research professor in the Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology.

Dr Andrea Baldwin

Dr Andrea Baldwin is a Psychologist and applied theatre practitioner. She was awarded a Master of Arts in drama from QUT in 1993, and a PhD in Psychology from The University of Queensland in 2002. She has worked as a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Consultant for young people’s mental health services, and as a senior manager in the state Health Department of Queensland. More recently she has worked and published in the areas of community cultural development, young people’s resilience, and health promotion. She has a particular interest in the wholistic evaluation of arts health projects.

Dr Baldwin instigated the Life Drama program following a successful two-year program of community-building and HIV education through improvisational drama in collaboration with the Queensland AIDS Council, and a workshop on HIV education through drama for non-government organizations in Lae, November 2009.

Ms Hayley Linthwaite

Hayley Linthwaite's background in theatre has seen her in the roles of educator, director, researcher and performer. Hayley has taught in both secondary and tertiary institutions delivering state, national and international curriculums. She has also worked extensively across the fields of youth and community theatre. Currently a Creative Industries Doctoral student at QUT, her research in applied performance addresses complex project management for Australia’s Defence Materials Organisation in Canberra, and the performance ecologies which frame Life Drama in PNG.

Ms Jane Awi

Jane Awi is undertaking her PhD in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, exploring the ways in which indigenous performance forms are being adapted into applied theatre forms. She is on secondment from the University of Goroka, where she is a lecturer in Language and Literature. Jane has produced three stage plays with her students, presenting aspects of the HIV epidemic as it is impacting on PNG society, and has also implemented community theatre initiatives with young people in her home province of Chimbu. Ms Jane Awi

Jane Awi is undertaking her PhD in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, exploring the ways in which indigenous performance forms are being adapted into applied theatre forms. She is on secondment from the University of Goroka, where she is a lecturer in Language and Literature. Jane has produced three stage plays with her students, presenting aspects of the HIV epidemic as it is impacting on PNG society, and has also implemented community theatre initiatives with young people in her home province of Chimbu.

Mr Martin Tonny

Martin Tonny is employed by the Life Drama project as Research and Administrative Assistant. He is a graduate of the Creative Industries Faculty at University of Papua New Guinea, where he now lectures in Dance, and helps to provide creative consultation services to government and non-government organizations in Port Moresby.

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