Dr. Monica Prendergast

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Dr. Monica Prendergast

Professor, Drama Education

PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies in Theatre, Philosophy & Education), University of Victoria

MA (Curriculum Studies, Theatre & Education), University of Victoria

BEd (Artist in Community Education (Dramatic Arts & English)), Queen's University

BFA (Drama (Acting)), University of Regina

Office:  MacLaurin A523

Phone:  250-472-4045

Email:  

Personal website

Canadian Journal of Practice-based Research in Theatre


Faces of UVic Research:  Monica Prendergast

Dr. Monica Prendergast

  • Drama/Theatre Education (K to 12 & Postsecondary)

  • Applied Drama/Theatre

  • Curriculum Studies/Theory/Philosophy

  • Performance Theory/Performance Studies

  • Arts-Based Qualitative Research Methods

I teach undergraduate courses in elementary/middle school drama education, a post-degree secondary level course on drama and diversity, and graduate courses in curriculum studies.  I work with graduate students in curriculum studies, interdisciplinary studies, language and literacy and applied theatre.  My interests are varied and include drama-based curriculum and pedagogy, drama/theatre in community contexts, performance as both an interdisciplinary topic and research method, and arts-based qualitative research methods, with a particular focus on performance and poetic forms of inquiry.  I have received numerous Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants (2004-2012), worked on a major Ford Foundation grant investigating learning through arts integration (2008-2010), and my small theatre company received a Capital Regional District Arts Development Project Grant (2012).  I sit on the Faculty of Education’s Centre for Outreach Education Steering Committee and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s Strategic Planning Committee.  I am also a member of my department’s arts education, curriculum studies and language and literacy communities.
Research Grants:

Type: Insight Development Grant/University of Victoria Faculty Research Grant

Source: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (proposed 2013-2015), University of Victoria (proposed 2013-2014)

Title: Performance Studies in Education: A Polydisciplinary Secondary Curriculum Development Project

Amount: $71,954

These grants will allow me to support graduate students in developing an innovative secondary, and possibly postsecondary, curriculum on performance studies.  This ‘polydiscipline’ draws on the performing arts, anthropology, sociology, medicine, communication and cultural studies to explore how performance is enacted as play, ritual, art and sport across cultures and time periods.  Performance studies is also interested in the performance of power, as in business, law and politics, as well as performances of gender, relationships and everyday life.

Type: Standard Research Grant (New Scholar Award)

Source: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2011-2012)

Title: Staged Wishes: Utopian Thinking and Radical Hope in Drama/Theatre Education Role: Principal Investigator

Amount: $8400

I supported one doctoral (Colleen Clements) and one postdoctoral (Dr. William Weigler) research assistants with this SSHRC grant, have presented research on this topic at local, national and international conferences, and am currently working on a monograph publication.

Prendergast, M. (2015). Staging the not-yet: How dramatic ensemble creates utopian space. [Monograph]. Stafford, QLD: Drama Australia.

Galvin, K.T. & Prendergast, M. (Eds.). (2015). Poetic inquiry II: Seeing, caring, understanding: Using poetry as and for inquiry. Rotterdam: Sense. Carter, M.R., Prendergast, M. & Belliveau, G. (Eds.). (2015). Drama, theatre and performance education in Canada: Classroom and community contexts. [EBook]. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/cssecate/polygraph-book-series

Prendergast, M. (2015). Reflections on a peace education theatre project: Performing Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s Peace Mum. Journal of Educational Enquiry, 14(1), Article 11. Retrieved from http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/EDEQ/issue/view/155

Prendergast, M. (2014). “I contain multitudes”: The challenges of self-representation in arts-based educational research. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 15(SI 2), Article 2. Available at www.ijea.org/v15si2/

Prendergast, M. (2015). Sharing the wealth: Performance studies in the lives of young people. In M.R. Carter, M. Prendergast & G. Belliveau, (Eds.). (2015). Drama, theatre and performance education in Canada: Classroom and community contexts (pp. 108-116). [EBook]. Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/cssecate/polygraph-book-series

Prendergast, M. & Saxton, J. (July 2015). Story and applied theatre: Fictionalizing Theatre of the Real in collective process. Paper presented at triennial International Drama in Education Research Institute, National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Prendergast, M., Birch, R., Bishop, K., Chamberlain-Snider, S., Clement, C., Pauluth-Penner, T. & Weigler, W. (July 2015). Performance studies in secondary education: Developing an ensemblebased curriculum for students 16-18. Paper presented at triennial International Drama in Education Research Institute, National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Carter, M.R., Belliveau, G. & Prendergast, M. (July 2015). Drama and theatre education: Canadian perspectives. Presentation at triennial International Drama in Education Research Institute, National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Prendergast, M. (2014). Misperformance ethnography. Applied Theatre Research, 2(1), 77-90.

Prendergast, M. (May 2014). Part of the problem? A contrarian look at the socially-engaged work of art and arts-based research. Paper presented at the Tenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Prendergast, M. (July 2014). Sharing the wealth: Performance studies in the educational lives of young people. Paper presented at Int’l Federation for Theatre Research, University of Warwick, UK.

Prendergast, M. & Blumenfeld-Jones, D. (Eds.). (2014). Arts-based educational research: Special issue. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 15(SI 2). Available at www.ijea.org/v15si2/

Prendergast, M. & Saxton, J. (2013). Applied drama: A Facilitator’s handbook to working in community. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books.  

Prendergast, M. & Belliveau, G. (2013). Poetics and performance. In A. Trainor & E. Graue (Eds.), Reviewing qualitative research in the social sciences (pp. 197-210). New York: Routledge.  

Prendergast, M. (2012). Poetic inquiry and the social poet. In S. Thomas, A. Cole & S. Stewart (Eds.), The art of poetic inquiry (pp. 488-502). Halifax, NS: Backalong Books.  

Prendergast, M. (2012). Education and/as art: A found poetry suite. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 13(Interlude 2), 1-19.

Galvin, K. & Prendergast, M. (Eds.). (2012). Poetic inquiry: Special issue. Creative Approaches to Research, 5(2). 

Prendergast, M. & Borody, C. (Eds.). (2011). Shakespeare and practice-based research: Special issue. Canadian Journal of Practice-Based Research in Theatre, 3(1). 

Prendergast, M. (2011). in exile/in flight: Two poems from a poetic autoethnography of academic banishment. Cultural StudiesßàCritical Methodologies, 11(3), 303-305. 

Prendergast, M. (2011). Utopian performatives and the social imaginary: Toward a new philosophy of drama/theatre education. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 45(1), 58-73. 

Prendergast, M. (Ed.). (2010). Research-based applied theatre: Special issue on No Particular Place to Go. Canadian Journal of Practice-Based Research in Theatre, 2(1). 

Prendergast, M. (2010). “What is in your heart?” A scripted transcription of a post-show conversation. Canadian Journal of Practice-Based Research in Theatre, 2, Article 7, 1-17.   

Prendergast, M. (2010). Reflective praxis though narrative and poetry: Performing Peace Mum. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 15(1), 79-87.