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NYU Forum on Ethnodrama

The Aesthetics of Research and Playmaking

Program in Educational Theatre at

New York University’s Steinhardt School

April 21 and 22, 2017


Call for Proposals Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2017

Call for proposals and submission guidelines available at this link:

We are excited to announce two of the forum’s featured plenary speakers:

Patricia Leavy and Johnny Saldaña!

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent sociologist. She is an international leader in the field of arts-based research and has earned critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction. Her twenty-one published books include Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice, The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, Fiction as Research Practice, Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research and the novels Low-Fat Love, American Circumstance and, Blue. She is creator and editor of seven book series with Oxford University Press and Sense Publishers, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series. Known for her commitment to public scholarship, she has blogs for The Huffington Post, The Creativity Post and We Are the Real Deal. She has received career awards from the New England Sociological Association, the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. In 2016 Mogul, a global women’s empowerment network, named Leavy an “Influencer.”


Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from Arizona State University’s School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time, The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, Fundamentals of Qualitative Research, Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage, Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind, co-author with the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman for Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook, co-author with Matt Omasta for a new research methods textbook Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life, and the editor of Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre. Saldaña’s works have been cited and referenced in over 4,300 research studies conducted in over 120 countries in disciplines such as K-12 and higher education, medicine and health care, technology and social media, business and economics, government and social services, the fine arts, the social sciences, human development, and communication.

Join us for a robust conversation about the aesthetics of ethnodrama, the practice of creating a play script from materials such as interview transcripts, field notes, journal entries, and/or print and media artifacts. Theatre artists, academic researchers, and artist-researchers will come together to share ideas, vocabularies, and techniques for engaging audiences with the aesthetic presentation of data and data-based playmaking, while also discussing the opportunities and challenges that emerge when working with this style of theatre and research.


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