Drama can have powerful effects on health and wellness, both for performers and audiences. In this event of the Arts and Humanities for Health and Wellbeing Research Group, two speakers will share their experience and research in working with diverse groups of people and a variety of performance arts.
Professor David Barnet, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, specializes in community-based theatre and acting. His research considers the realization of creative aging through theatre and he works in partnership with GeriActors and Friends, an intergenerational theatre company. The actors develop original plays based on stories and issues from their lives. David is currently concluding a CIHR research project: Theatre as a Pathway to Healthy Aging.
Andrea Halwas, BA, MFA is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at the University of Calgary. Her PhD research is focused on tragedy and the therapeutic effects that drama can have on individuals facing difficult life experiences. Her work aims to assist individuals to find meaning in their lives through the medium of theatre. As such, she is a published playwright and the creator and facilitator of a children’s drama therapy puppet show entitled The Nicki and Little Bear Show which helps children and their families deal with loss and grief.
This training is for adults interested in facilitating singing groups using the No Wrong Notes model.
No Wrong Notes is a non-auditioned, non-performing group singing model for people of all levels of experience. In No Wrong Notes, emphasis is on learning through listening, freeing the voice, and enjoyment. Songs are shared orally, singing is a cappella, and harmonies are improvised. To ensure inclusion, the repertoire is secular, with songs selected for their sound and ease of learning by ear.
No Wrong Notes has only two rules: 1) no paper and 2) no judgment. “No paper” embraces the oral tradition where, over time, we embody songs individually and collectively – making them available to us anytime, anywhere. It frees singers from the sense that there is one right way to proceed, and places on more equal footing those participants who read music and those who don’t. “No judgment” is a promise that anyone who wishes to sing can do so freely and with joy.
Playshop leader Melanie Boyd has been involved in group singing for over two decades. She founded No Wrong Notes in 2004; since then, she has facilitated singing groups in workplace, healthcare and community settings. She also investigates No Wrong Notes’ impact on participants, resulting in research she has presented internationally. Melanie works as a literatures librarian at the University of Calgary, where she also co-founded and co-coordinates the Arts and Humanities for Health and Wellbeing Research Group.