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Veronica Baxter - Associate Professor, University of Cape Town

Veronica Baxter has taught at South African and UK universities, focusing on social/applied theatre and drama, directing and South African performance. She is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and teaches and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Drama department, University of Cape Town. Her research is mainly concerned with applied/social theatre and arts-based research working in health, education and social justice contexts. In recent years she has partnered with health professionals around the tuberculosis epidemic, conducting a theatre-in-health-education project in schools, an arts-based research project in occupational health, and an arts festival. She also writes about South African performance. Her most recent publications are chapters in Applied Theatre: Development (Tim Prentki, 2015), Methuen Drama Guide to South African Theatre (Middeke, Schnierer and Homann, 2015) and New Territories: Reconfiguring Theatre and Drama in post-apartheid South Africa; (Maufort and Homann, 2015), the 3rd edition of Learning through Theatre (Jackson and Vine, 2013), and Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, protocols, pedagogies and resistances (Nelson, 2013) She also guest edited the South African Theatre Journal, 26:3 (2013). The book Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing, edited and written with Katharine Low (Royal Central School, University of London), was published January 2017.


Nina Callaghan - Associate Director

Nina is the Associate Director at the Children’s Radio Foundation, where she manages local partnerships and projects and is a youth media trainer. Before this she spent eight years as a television journalist and sub-editor. After graduating with a BA from the University of Cape Town in 1996, she went on to perform and devise theatre with Iindiza, the Mielie Stalks Theatre company. Much of their work was based on physical theatre principles with an added focus on training youth using drama to connect divided communities. She went on to perform and tour in Ireland and the UK. Nina is particularly interested in storytelling, finding the hidden narrative that lives in our inner worlds. She is inspired by the resilience of children and youth and the strong personal visions many young people have for their lives.

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