Professor Persephone Sextou

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Professor Persephone Sextou

Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health

School: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care

Campus: Canterbury

 

Professional background

Dr Persephone Sextou is Professor in Applied Theatre for Health and Wellbeing. She is a leader expert in participatory bedside theatre for hospitalised children and author of ‘Theatre for Children in Hospital. The Gift of Compassion’.

She served as Professor and Director of the Community and Applied Drama Laboratory (CADLab) at Newman University (2009-2021) where she initiated community-based research about the impact of theatre on hospitalised children’s wellbeing on NHS sites. She has a successful record of publications in English and Greek, of which four are monographs. Her research is cited in nine languages and impactful reports, including the WHO Review 2019; The Y Connect Project Report Australia 2019 and APPG Report Creative Health 2017. She is widely interviewed on the press, Radio and TV in Greece, Poland, Germany, Australia and South Korea.

Persephone is also Adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University in Australia and Co chief-investigator on ‘Future Stories’(FT)  examining the impact of the arts with VR technology on the wellbeing of young people in palliative care at Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

Ph.D. in Drama and Theatre Education (2004) Goldsmiths College, University of London - Drama Department

Master of Arts (MA) in Contemporary Theatre Practice (1992), Lancaster University, Theatre Studies Department, U.K. Major in Theatre-in-Education

BA (Hons), Department of Early Childhood Education (1990), University of Ioannina, Greece Grade: First class with distinction

Affiliations

Adjunct Research Fellow the Centre for Cultural and Social Change at Griffith University in Australia (since 2019)

International Expert Advisor to the Centre for Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) Auckland University in New Zealand.

Research Interests

I have identified innovative, knowledge-transfer, inter-disciplinary and publicly-engaged research projects that form an award winning model of bedside theatre performance in child healthcare. My research developed in partnership with Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Trust, Heart of England NHS Trust, Arts departments and Forward Thinking Mental Illness NHS, J. Brindley Academies and Acorns Children’s Hospices in England. Its reputation has led to partnerships with HEIs, cultural organisations and healthcare providers in Europe and Australia.

Focus: Applied theatre combined with digitalised arts for children and young people in health and wellbeing contexts and settings; ethics, emotions, performance in hospitals and palliative care.

Methodology: mixed- methodologies (qualitative research and practice-as-research) which are often incorporated into interdisciplinary research projects as methodological innovations.

PhD supervisions: I welcome PhD supervision on combinations of Applied theatre; Children & Young People, Health & Wellbeing; Participatory Arts; Theatre and Disability.

Current and recent research projects

Chief-investigator in ‘RocketArts’ at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) NHS Trust. Co-funded by BBC CiN and The National Lottery Community Fund (2019-2021). Co-Chief Investigator in ‘Future Stories’ at Queensland Children’s Hospital in Australia in partnership with Griffith University and NSW Sydney University in Australia (2019-2020). International collaboration.

Chief-investigator in ‘Bird Island’, ‘Breathing with Love’ and ‘The Boy and the Turtle’ in partnership with J.B. School (BCH), Women’s & Children’s Hospital NHS Trust and, the Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust. Funded by BBC CiN, The Grimmitt Trust (2015-2019).

Member of Editorial Boards

  • Editorial board member for Arts & Health Journal
  • Editorial board member for Applied Theatre Research Journal
  • Co-Editor of a special issue for the Journal of Applied Arts and Health
  • Associate Editor of the Arts in Society Journals, Common Ground Publishing, USA.
  • Peer-review Board for Research in Drama Education
  • Peer-review Board for Drama Research
  • Reviewer for Palgrave McMillan Publisher, NY.

Selected Publications

Sextou, P. (2021) Theatre in paediatrics: can participatory performance mitigate educational, emotional and social consequences of missing out school during hospitalisation?, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, DOI: 10.1080/13569783.2021.1940914

Sextou, P., Karypidou, A. and Kourtidou-Sextou, E. (2020), ‘Applied theatre, puppetry and emotional skills in healthcare: A cross-disciplinary pedagogical framework’, Applied Theatre Research, 8:1,1, pp. 89-105.

Sextou, P. and Rolston, W. (2020), ‘Exploring methods of training the actor/puppeteer in healthcare: a Socratic dialogue’, Applied Arts and Health Journal, 11;1,2, pp: 171-176.

Fisher, E., Astles, C., Purcell-Gates, L. and Sextou, P. (Eds.) (2020) ‘Applied Arts and Health on Puppetry, Object theatre and Health, Wellbeing and Disability’, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, Double Volume 1:11&12.

Astles, C., Fisher, E., Purcell-Gates, L. and Sextou, P. (2020) ‘Broken Puppet Symposia’, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, Double Volume 1:11&12, pp. 200-207.

Sextou, P. and Karypidou, A. (2018), ‘What does the actor need to perform in health care? Emotional demands, skills and competences’, Applied Theatre Research, 6:2, pp. 107-19.

Patterson, P. and Sextou, P. (2017), ‘Trapped in the Labyrinth’ – the use of symbolism, time and aesthetic distance in exploring the impact of mental illness through theatre’, Medical Humanities, 43:2, pp. 86-91.

Sextou, P. and Smith, C. (2017), ‘Drama is for Life! Recreational drama activities for the elderly in the UK’. Text matters A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture, 7:7, pp. 273-290.

9. Sextou, P. (2016), Theatre for Children in Hospitals. The Gift of Compassion. Bristol & New York: Intellect.

Sextou, P. and Hall, S. (2015), ‘Theatre & Community: Bedside theatre promoting child wellbeing in cardiac and cancer units’, Applied Theatre Research, 3:1, pp. 67-84.

Sextou, P. & Patterson, P. (2014), ‘Theatre, Stigma and Society: Mental illness on stage’, The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, 9:1, pp.1-10.

Sextou, P. and Trotman. D. (2013), ‘Devised Drama, Shakespeare and Creativity; Practical work on Othello’s Pathos’, The International Journal of the Arts in Education, A section of the Journal of the Arts in Society, 7:1, pp.47-56.

Sextou, P. and Monk, C. (2013), ‘Bedside theatre and its effects on hospitalised children’s wellbeing’, Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 5:1, pp. 81-88.

Sextou, P. (2012), ‘Devising monologues on domestic violence for the development of inter-professional training and community support services’, Drama Research Journal, Available at: http://www.dramaresearch.co.uk/journal/

Sextou, P. (2011), ‘The Pedagogy of Drama Supervision in Higher Education’, Brookes e Journal of Learning and Teaching (BEJLT), 3:1. Available at: http://bejlt.brookes.ac.uk/article/the_pedagogy_of_drama_supervision_in_higher_education

Sextou, P. (2011), ‘Drama Tickles Student Imagination and Verbal Expression’. In Coreil, C. (ed.) ‘The ‘X’ Point in Education: Where Imagination is Lost’, The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning, 9, pp. 225-231.

Sextou, P. (2010), (5th edition) Dramatisation; The teacher-facilitator’s book, Athens: Kastanioti. (monograph in Greek)

Sextou, P. (2007), Theatre Applications in Primary and Secondary Education. Athens; Kastanioti. (monograph in Greek)

Sextou, P. (2005), Theatre in Education Programmes in Schools. Athens: Metaihmio. (monograph in Greek)

 

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