YTT Theatre-Educational Research:
Since 2016, YTT has been developing, in partnership with the Department for Performance for Stage & Screen at Shefﬁeld Hallam University, the YTT Human-Rights and Gender-Equality Education Theatre & Performance Program, which is a signiﬁcant psychosocial support and pedagogical element to all our distance-learning programs for humanitarian staff, working with refugee/migrant children and youth.
We incorporate laterally our theatre research together with our educational research, conducted by Roma Tre University, to generate psychosocial support and fundamental rights learning programs that enable embodied and empowered interactive participation. Led by Dr. Henry Bell, YTT’s theatre curriculum deploys an updated and unique interpretation of Augusto Boal's Image Theatre technique, where, discovering the YTT approach, methodology and visual language through body language and movement, creates new forms of exchanging information, of communicating emotion, thought and ideas that reinforce community and cultural diversity. As a result, this affects positive change and raises fundamental rights awareness.
In 2017 and 2018, we designed and implemented our ﬁrst human/gender-rights education theatre module for English school children with no theatre experience. We do this by employing the use of body, movement and non-verbal physical expression to further accentuate the afﬁnities and variations between the school children’s’ experiences, and through the YTT visual language, those of other refugee/migrant adolescents. This enhances the afﬁnities and understanding of diversity, whilst decreasing discrimination of population and community difference. It was carried out with 250 adolescents (13-17 year olds) from four high-schools in the North of England:
1) High Storrs School, High Storrs Road, Shefﬁeld, Yorkshire.
2) Hall Cross Academy, Thorne Rd, Doncaster. Yorkshire.
3) Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansﬁeld, Nottinghamshire.
4) New Mills School, Church Lane, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire.
English school children participating in our 2017-2018 YTT Theatre Program
In 2019, we demonstrated our theatre approach to the international humanitarian community. Invited by the International University of Sarajevo/Balkan Studies Centre in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the subject of “Migration Management in the Balkans.” YTT ran a participative workshop with representatives from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), OSCE Ofﬁce for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Council of Europe, the University of Zenica and the Hatay Mustafa Kemal University along with policy makers and aid workers from Serbia, USA, Macedonia, UK, Turkey and Montenegro.
Also in 2019, using our gender-equality/rights approach, in collaboration with the department of Law and Criminology, we ran a series of inter-disciplinary workshops, focusing on increasing empathy for, and understanding, of survivors of gender-based violence for 40 police ofﬁcers (aged: 19-44 yrs old) from the Madhya Pradesh Police Authorities in India.
Note: This research concluded with an extremely positive qualitative assessment outcome.
YTT Theatre Approach demonstrated to the humanitarian community at the International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Police Ofﬁcers from the Madhya Pradesh Police Authorities taking part in YTT Gender-Rights Workshops
YTT Research Documentation & Awards:
Initial research evidence of YTT’s theatre approach can be found at: Image Theatre: “Transforming Perspectives Through Embodied Responses to Refugee Drawings in Yesterday Today Tomorrow (Traceability is Credibility) at the 2017 Venice Biennale.” Ride Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 2018, 23 (2), 294-315.
YTT, with the Performance for Stage & Screen Department, was awarded First Place in the category of Shaping Futures at Shefﬁeld Hallam University, Faculty of Development and Society Team Awards.
Other YTT Research:
From 2016 - Today, we have continually taught our approach to over 200 young students (ages 18-23 yrs old) who are studying to be drama teachers and practitioners but with no teaching experience. The involvement and feedback of these students has assisted in the straight-forward and easy-to-use composition of our theatre & performance program which can be piloted by aid workers and volunteers in the ﬁeld.
In 2017-2019, we test-piloted our performance method in several non-learning environments and locations, including: the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, the Shefﬁeld Institute of Arts in England, the Gallery Jordan/Seydoux in Berlin and the Brownstone Foundation in Paris.