As part of his MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Andy engaged with research in several areas. These areas include using drama to improve the health and well-being of forcibly displaced people, fostering gender equity amongst students in tribal communities in India, cultivating an inclusive environment within academia, the role technology can play in drama and education, and the problems with globalisation and neo-colonial tendencies of Theatre for Development. Andy's thesis was a manifesto for a new drama in education role aimed at facilitating the expression of adversarial voices within classroom settings to promote critical thinking. More information of these can be found below.
The Applied Theatre Devil
The Devil has a vision for a truly safe and
agonistic public sphere in which individuals can freely express adversarial
ideas without fear of reprisal. Only
with such an environment can the powerful bias and influence of the mass media
and consumer society who promote one-dimensional thought be destabilised and
weakened. Individuals will be able to
engage in truthful critical debate about current affairs, and discover
contradictions to those values and beliefs which may have become naturalised
into their society’s psyche. To
accomplish this vision, the mission for the Devil is to facilitate truthful
critical debates within the classroom to expose the adversarial voices which
are otherwise silenced in the real world. A presence of the Devil in the schooling system can help promote
critical thinking and the ability to discuss controversial and adversarial
ideas. Through engaging students in
truthful critical debate, the Devil can help counter the naturalisation and
sedimentation of one-dimensional thinking. Further to this, the Devil ultimately wishes for its own demise as the
ability to engage in such critical debates should not be a special event but a
natural and consistent frame of mind in everyday life for free thinking and
democratic citizens of the world.
Continuing Professional Development
Continuing professional development is vitally important to me, and as such I continually seek opportunities to review and enhance my facilitation and teaching skills through engaging with other practitioners and contemporary theory on facilitation and teaching practices. In addition to this, I continually seek feedback from my participants and host organisations to ensure I continue to deliver sessions at the highest quality.