B Arts (Hons), Doctor of Philosophy
Chair and Professor of Applied Theatre
Deputy Head of School, Learning and Teaching, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science
Griffith Experts profile
Michael Balfour is Chair of Applied Theatre and Deputy Head of School (Learning and Teaching). His area of research is focused on the social applications of theatre and performance and explores how the arts can respond to contemporary contexts, from working in prisons to understanding the role of theatre in war.
Professor Balfour has published three monographs and four edited books, as well as more than twenty-six peer-reviewed papers in high impact journals and collections. He has won many awards for his research in arts and health, applied theatre as well as several prestigious National Teaching Awards.
In the last five years Professor Balfour has been extending his practice and research through developing Australian Research Council funded projects exploring drama and social justice issues, including creative approaches to working with newly arrived refugees, verbatim theatre with returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, mapping performing arts projects in Australian prisons, and exploring the impact of playful work with people who have mid to late dementia.
Michael’s research expertise is in the social applications of theatre – theatre in communities, social institutions and areas of disadvantage and conflict. His specialist areas of research include:
- Arts practice in sites of war and conflict
- Prison Theatre
- Arts-based work with returning military personnel
- Play and dementia
- Drama work with participants from a refugee background
- Documentary theatre
• For a full list of publications go to: Griffith Experts page for Professor Michael Balfour