Position Papers

What is Theatre for Social Change?

Can the arts change things and should they try?

What needs to change?

Making the case for large-scale professional productions within the applied theatre sector?

Collective Encounters: From the personal to the political

Vive la theatre! A valuable weapon in the armory of change

Whats the Academy got to do with it?


Addressing place-related challenges and the impact on participation: barriers, boundaries and bridges paper given to the Participation in the Arts, Knowledge Exchange Place and Participation Seminar, Liverpool.

The Reciprocal Benefit of Culture and Ageing: Giving and Taking in Collective Encounters’ Third Age Theatre paper written by Sarah Thornton and presented by Prof. Bill Chambers (CE Chair) to the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture 6th Annual conference, Slovenia.

Once More with Meaning: Strengthening the Links between Research & Teaching in Drama & Theatre Studies using Living Place Project as a Case Study article written by Sarah Thornton and published in PRIME (Pedagogical Research in Maximising Education) Vol 2 (1)

Academic Articles

New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development by Arlene Goldbard expanded this new edition of her key American text book on arts for social change, to include an international section which profiled Collective Encounters’ work

The Complexities of Participation: Living Place Project as a Case Study by Sarah Thornton article included in the new Routledge text book, The Applied Theatre Reader edited by Tim Prentki and Sheila Preston.

The Margin Becomes Centre by Shifting Contexts by Catherine Graham profiling Collective Encounters work in the Canadian Theatre Review