A Spotlight on Research-Based Theatre

  • Tetsuro Shigematsu
  • Graham W. Lea University of Manitoba
  • Christina Cook University of British Columbia
  • George Belliveau University of British Columbia
Keywords: Research-based theatre, art-based research, theatre, pedagogy, interdisciplinarity, RbT


“Tell me about your research.” How does one begin to convey the importance of our life’s work—our research? Enter stage right, Research-based Theatre, an innovative, arts-based methodology that takes research data and brings it to life, by showing, rather than telling. In this article, we tell the story of how Research-based Theatre first came to be, and why it is especially well suited to the contemporary challenge of showcasing diverse and marginalized voices. We also share a short scene that illustrates the methodology in practice. We conclude by offering ways Research-based Theatre can be a meaningful approach for pedagogy and community-engaged initiatives.

How to Cite
Shigematsu, T., Lea, G. W., Cook, C., & Belliveau, G. (2022). A Spotlight on Research-Based Theatre . LEARNing Landscapes, 15(1), 349-365. https://doi.org/10.36510/learnland.v15i1.1081