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Research Creation Support Material

Healthcare: CODE BLUE was a series of interactive forum theatre presentations that took place on Zoom in Nov – Dec, 2021. These online presentations were part of a SSHRC-funded research project designed to use the techniques of participatory theatre to explore the prevention and resolution of harassment in the workplaces of Saskatchewan's health care workers. The study is led by Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan with Co-I Dr. Tracey Carr at the University of Saskatchewan. 

(Runs: 2:58)

The Campus Sexual Violence Research Project

included a series of interactive forum theatre presentations that took place Sept - Oct, 2022. The techniques of interactive theatre were used to explore the institutional response to sexual violence on Canadian campuses, and, importantly, how faculty and students, active on their individual campuses, could improve the institutional response. The CIHR-funded study is led by Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan with Co-Investigators Dr. Andrea Quinlan at the University of Waterloo and Dr. Curtis Fogel at Brock University. 

(Runs: 8:30)

Taking With Glowing Hearts from the Academic Page to the Popular Stage


This video traces the translation of Dr. Quinlan's research into an award-winning theatrical production, With Glowing Hearts: How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did). Quinlan’s SSHRC-funded study explored the little-known role played by the wives of gold miners in winning the legal right to unionize in the early 1940s, during one of Northern Ontario’s most bitterly cold winters on record. After producing scholarly outputs, Dr. Quinlan brought the idea of a play about this group of women to playwright Jennifer Wynne Webber. Having collaborated on a previous project using drama to disseminate research findings, Quinlan and Webber set forth to reach both general audiences and labour groups with findings from the study on the events in the gold mines in the 1940s.

Webber first developed an original stage play, then led workshops with University of Saskatchewan drama students. The resulting production was mounted with a cast and crew of the university’s students and alumni, directed by the university’s drama faculty, Julia Jamison. That original production, as chronicled in this video, toured several locations in the province of Saskatchewan in 2016, including a run at the PotashCorp’s Fringe Festival in Saskatoon where it won the "Best of the Fest" award. Subsequently, Jennifer Wynne Webber wrote a full-length version of the play, which was produced by Vancouver Island's TheatreOne in 2018, and later presented in New York as a staged reading at Urban Stages, an Obie Award-winning Off Broadway theatre. In 2019, the final version of the play premiered at Dancing Sky Theatre in Saskatchewan. The production was nominated for seven Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards (SATAs), ultimately winning for "Outstanding Production." The play also won the SATA for "Outstanding Original Script." The full-length play was published by Scirocco Drama in 2019, with a foreword written by Elizabeth Quinlan. The original research and development of the play was supported with grant funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

(Runs: 13:22)

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