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In 2004 Rand was commissioned by the UNDP to travel to the Occupied Territories in Palestine to work as a theatre consultant running workshops for Palestinian youths. In 2009 Rand was awarded a PhD in Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University. His thesis examined the latest wave of political theatre in Australia dealing with Asylum Seekers and Refugees. In 2011 Rand was awarded a Cultural Leadership Skills Development Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to develop The 7arakat|Harakat Project, involving a series of theatre-related initiatives between Australia and Palestine. As part of this grant, Rand travelled to Palestine in October 2011 to participate in an internship with Al-Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah. In November 2012 Rand convened 'The 7arakat Conference: Theatre, CUltural Diversity and Inclusion' which was hosted by La Trobe University. The conference explored practice, research and advocacy in the performing arts with a particular focus on Palestinian Theatre, Arab/Australian Theatre, and Applied Theatre with refugee/migrant groups. The conference brought together theatre-makers, scholars, creative producers and community development workers to examine issues of exclusion in the performing arts sector and the theatre's role in providing networks of participation and social inclusion. For more information visit: www.latrobe.edu.au/7
Rand is a theatre practitioner and scholar with experience working in a variety of contexts. His knowledge of theatre theory combined with practical experience as a theatre facilitator ensures that he brings a developed awareness of ‘practice’ into the seminar room and of ‘critical thought’ into the studio. His research interests lie in theatre that addresses exclusion and engages with issues of social justice. His research interests include 'Applied Theatre' and 'Intercultural Performance' as well as a keen interest in forms of 'Documentary Theatre'. He has a developing research profile related to Palestinian Theatre specifically, and Arab Theatre more generally.
My research interests lie in theatre that addresses human rights and engages with issues of social justice. In 2009, I was awarded a PhD in Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University. My thesis examined the latest wave of political theatre in Australia dealing with Asylum Seekers and Refugees. I have an abiding interest in Refugee Theatre. I am also interested in the fields of Applied, Community, and Intercultural Theatre. I have a developing research profile related to Palestinian theatre specifically, and Arab theatre more generally. I am also developing a research interest in contemporary approaches to performance in New Zealand/Aotearoa.
I have a developing research profile related to Palestinian theatre specifically and Arab theatre more generally. In 2004 I was commissioned by the UNDP to travel to the Occupied Territories in Palestine to work as a theatre consultant running workshops for Palestinian youths. I also travelled to Palestine in October 2011 to participate in an internship with Al-Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah. In November 2012, I convened The 7arakat Conference: Theatre, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, which was hosted by La Trobe University. The conference explored practice, research and advocacy in the performing arts with a particular focus on Palestinian Theatre, Arab/Australian Theatre, and Applied Theatre with refugee/migrant groups. My most recent research explores the production of Handala by Palestinian theatre company Al-Rowwad in the Aida refugee camp, which is published in Refugee Performance: Practical Encounters (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
I was previously lead researcher on the transnational teaching and learning project entitled e(LAB)orating Performance. The project was a collaboration between Massey University, UWC Mahindra College (India), the University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). This pilot project was funded by the Brown University International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) on 'Theatre and Civil Society’. The project sought to facilitate creative engagements by students enrolled at participating institutions to foster conversations around performance praxis and collaborative pedagogies. Research from the pilot project was published in the peer-reviewed journal Research in Drama Education.
I am also developing a research interest in contemporary approaches to performance in New Zealand/Aotearoa. In 2013, I was the lead researcher on a theatre collaboration with the Auckland-based Massive theatre company. The collaboration was funded by the Massey University Strategic Innnovation Fund (SIF). The project saw the company’s 2012 production The Brave performed at the Massey Albany campus. The project focused on the generation of knowledge around contemporary theatre practices in New Zealand using Massive Theatre praxis as a case study, and the use of theatre and performance as a pedagogical tool to explore issues around male identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Research associated with this project is ongoing.
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Field of research codes
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404): Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190400): Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)
I am the Paper Coordinator for 139.133 Creative Communication which is an interdisciplinary paper that introdcues students to creative works across the three disciplines of Theatre, Creative Writing, and Media Practice. The course considers how creative works and products communicate, how they are generated, and their importance in our wider culture. In it's delivery, 'Creative Communication’ tries to achieve a balance between critical thinking and creative practice.
I also teach 139.220 Applied Theatre which focuses on ‘Documentary Theatre’ to consider how theatre can be applied in everyday contexts outside of conventional theatre spaces to bring about social change. Documentary Theatre covers a wide range of approaches and practices that share a common methodology that involves utilising documentary material (newspapers, government reports, interviews, etc.) as source material for scripts and performances.
I also teach I also teach 139.303 Modern Drama which covers one of the most innovative and exciting periods in theatre history, as artists struggled to make sense of the technological and scientific advancements and the changing social and economic structures of the 19th and early 20th centuries. This paper aims to provide an overview of the development of European drama from the late nineteenth century to the present day and to develop student competencies in performance and in oral and written communication.
My knowledge of theatre theory combined with my practical experience as a theatre practitioner and facilitator ensures that I bring a developed awareness of ‘practice’ into the seminar room and of ‘critical thought’ into the studio. My teaching approach is also informed by a critical pedagogy following Freire (1970) which is particularly sensitive to relationships of power and knowledge between teacher and student and which highlights a shared responsibility for learning. As a teacher employing critical pedagogies in drama-based instruction I always try to encourage students to be co-constructors of knowledge and allow for variety of viewpoints and engagements by creating a safe environment.