Chair in Applied Theatre
Bruce Burton is a leading researcher in the field of Applied Theatre, where the concepts, forms and techniques of theatre are applied to investigating and generating change across the spectrum of human activity social, educational, economic, political and cultural. His recent research has included the use of Drama to empower school students to deal with conflict and bullying. This research was awarded two ARC Linkage Grants. The first phase of the research was part of the international DRACON project involving Sweden, Malaysia and Australia. The second focused specifically on Acting against Bullying in Australian schools.
- ARC Linkage - O'Toole, J., Burton, B., Ewing, R., O'Brien, A., Bundy, P., Donelan, K., Anderson, M., Hughes, J., Sinclair, C., Jordan, N. (2007-2011). Accessing the cultural conversation: investigating participation and non participation of young people as audiences of live theatrical performances in Australia.
- ARC Linkage - Ferres, K., Adair, D., Alexander, M., Buckridge, P., Bundy, P., Burton, B., Ellison, D., Keys, W., O'Toole, J., Woodward, I. (2005-2008). Sustaining Culture: The Role of Performing Arts Centres.
- ARC Linkage - Burton, B., Bundy, P., Bates,M., Walton, B. (2003-2006). Moving On: Researching a drama based program designed to assist survivors of institutional childhood abuse to experience more fulfilling lives.
- Core Conflict Competency: This on-going international project with academics from Cambridge UK and Gothenburg in Sweden involves the research and development of programs teaching conflict management through theatre to undergraduate and post-graduate students in professional degrees including nursing, teaching, and criminal justice
Current teaching areas
- Applied Theatre as a change Agent
- Theatre Performance
- Drama Education
- Work - Integrated learning
National teaching awards
- Carrick Citation 2007. The creation of individual, life-long learning through praxis and reflection.
- Carrick Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities and the Arts. Theatre for living and Learning.