Through YPT’s inaugural Scholars-in-Residence program, 2015/16 applicants to the Ada Slaight Drama-in-Education Award will engage in personal and collaborative research development in person and online. The goal is to offer these applicants an opportunity to connect with each other to help advance their various projects — and the sector. The residency will culminate in a one-day conference hosted by YPT on June 4, 2017.

Rachel Rhoades, the 2015/16 award recipient, will facilitate this residency with support from YPT’s Interim Artistic Associate, Education, Lois Adamson.

“This program offers the perfect opportunity to connect with other students who are interested in children’s theatre. Despite our differences in our specific research interest, I believe together we can be of great support and use our experiences to connect each other to opportunities we can use in our research.”

– Marissa Blagrove, YPT Scholar-in-Residence

Meet the 2016/17 Scholars-in-Residence:

pamela-baerPamela’s research has two points of focus: the first is how young people use theatre to learn about themselves, each other, and the world around them; and the second is how young people from LGBTQ families can use theatre as a form of advocacy by sharing their stories and experiences through performance work. Read more here.




Marissa’s research examines the difference between children as an audience and children as active participants engaged in the performance. Within the practice of inclusiveness, how will children with various disabilities participate while remaining equally involved? Will the physical connection to the story draw their attention or become a distraction? Read more here.


danielle-carrDanielle’s current research engages high school classrooms and teachers from all disciplines, and seeks to explore the use of performance-based pedagogy to act as both a facilitation and training tool among teachers uncertain of how to approach the teaching of gender in their respective classrooms. Read more here.




Part of Dennis’s doctoral project is a creation of an intercultural applied theatre performance piece on climate change and memories of disasters that will be developed with the researcher in collaboration with Filipino and Canadian actors guided by the master artists. Read more here.



hala-mreiwedHala’s research focuses on the impact of war trauma on the education of child refugees: social integration through drama education; exploring the teaching of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Canadian classrooms using drama approaches. Read more here.



dirk-rodricksDirk’s dissertation research explores how queer “South Asian” young adults understand and negotiate their identities across time and space. To do this, Dirk is using a mixed methods approach that includes a quantitative survey, life history interviews, “deep hanging out,” and drama. Read more here.




rachel-rhoadesRachel is interested in the negotiation of urban youth identities with relation to resistance and political participation as constructed through face-to-face original theatrical devising and within intercultural digital artistic dialogue. Read her full bio here.