Research and Publications
Whilst a practitioner across all aspects of drama, Pamela has particular expertise and interest in process drama. She researches and writes on the subject and also produces practical drama resources for teachers.
Current Research Interests
- Deconstructing the processes of process drama
- The relationship between process drama and emergent neuroscientific research
- Drama for learning and creativity across the curriculum
Since their meeting when studying with the incomparable Dorothy Heathcote at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Pamela has had a close, enduring and highly successful research and writing partnership with Brian Heap, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Philip Sherlock Centre for Creative Arts, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. They are internationally recognised for their work on process drama and regularly share their practice and research as conference workshop leaders and presenters and as writers.
They are the authors of the internationally best-selling Planning Process Drama; which is translated into Finnish and Arabic. The updated and expanded second edition, Planning Process Drama: enriching teaching and learning, is out now.
Brian and Pamela’s new book focusses on ‘planning in process’ as a drama unfolds. Titled Putting Process Drama into Action: the Dynamics of Practice, it is currently in press and will be published by Routledge in May, 2017.
At present, in addition to her on-going research and writing partnership with Brian Heap, Pamela is also involved with several other international activities, including:
Australia, Germany, USA, UK
Pamela is part of an international research collaboration exploring how drama teachers might renew their creative and pedagogical capacities in collaborative partnership with international researchers.
Pamela has a firm commitment to the drama teachers of Palestine through her support and work with The Qattan Foundation for Educational Research and Development based in Ramallah.
Pamela is developing links with the University of South Carolina.
Selected Presentations and Publications include:
2015 Chapter: Teaching in role: just another name is never enough. In P. Duffy (Ed.), A Reflective Practitioner’s Guide to (Mis)Adventures in Drama Education or What Was I Thinking? (pp. 43-58). Bristol UK/Chicago USA: Intellect.
2015 Paper: Pragmatic paradox and internal coherence: embracing the logic of drama. 8th International Drama in Education Research Institute ‘Open Culture in the Asian Century: Reimagining Drama Education’. Singapore, 30th June – 5th July.
2013 Masterclass Leader: AATE Conference, Washington D.C., USA
2011 Presenter: AATE Conference 2011, Chicago, USA
2010 Paper/Workshop Presenter: Process Drama – a portal to inclusion at International VSA Education Conference, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., USA
2010 Article: Drama is not a dirty word: past achievements, present concerns, alternative futures in Research in Drama Education 15 (4)
2008 Paper/Workshop Presenters: National Drama International Conference 2008 Drama – mind, body & spirit, Durham University, UK
2007 Article: Processing Post-Colonialism, in Caribbean Quarterly 53 (1&2)
2006: Paper: Using drama to produce multifaceted art experiences from notionally mono-cultural material, at IDIERI 5, Kingston, Jamaica
2005 Article: Drama on the run – mapping the practice of process drama in Journal of Aesthetic Education 39 (4)
Pamela is also Co-Editor of Drama Research: international journal of drama in education
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