Nadia Ganesh

Impact Researcher Lead. Nadia is a graduate student at Brock University who studies the psychology of prejudice and discrimination. She is currently conducting research on healthcare and hiring discrimination towards Women of Colour as she works towards a Masters degree in psychology. An Actor/Researcher/Teacher with Mirror Theatre since 2017, Nadia co-directed a prevention program on the consequences of vaping in Niagara region high schools.

Kevin Hobbs

Director and Project Manager. Kevin is an actor, writer, researcher and educator. He employs narrative theory, performance and other artistic methodologies in his research and educational work. Presently Kevin is pursuing his PhD in Curriculum Studies, where he is exploring how performance pedagogies enhance healthcare education.

Sandy Howe

Experiential Education Lead. Sandy is the Associate Director of Experiential Education at Brock University and has a background in constructing and facilitating experiential pedagogy. Sandy and her team provided support throughout this project, including technical, administrative, creative and practical support. They also provided important feedback and insights throughout the entire project.

Mike M. Metz

Curriculum Developer, and lead author of the Facilitating Applied Theatre chapter. Mike is an educator, artist, and researcher. Mike utilizes Playbuilding and other arts-based methodologies to explore problems within education. Mike holds a Master of Education degree from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education and will be pursuing his PhD in Education in the Fall of 2022. 

Valerie Michaelson

Project Principal Investigator. Valerie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Brock University. Her research focuses on health equity and the social dimensions of the health, and she takes a critical social justice approach to her research and teaching. We first developed our workshop on Implicit Bias to support student learning in a 2nd year course that she teaches regularly called “Health in Canadian Society.”

Joe Norris

Subject Matter Expert Dramatic Arts (SME-DA). Joe is an award-winning author on the use of participatory drama for research and pedagogical purposes. In this project he served as a curriculum consultant; assisted in the direction of scenarios and participatory workshops; trained  module directors and actors; and assessed pilot versions for revision prior to distribution.

Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy

Co-investigator. Sheila is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at Brock University. Sheila is a cardio/vascular and pain researcher and critical care clinician, and she has a long-standing collaboration with Mirror Theatre. She is committed to conducting high quality patient-focused research that provides meaningful knowledge mobilization through use of integrated arts-based approaches to learning.


Haunting our Biases: Using Participatory Theatre to Interrupt Implicit Bias Copyright © 2022 by Kevin Hobbs; Michael Martin Metz; Nadia Ganesh; Sheila O'Keefe-McCarthy; Joe Norris; Sandy Howe; and Valerie Michaelson. All Rights Reserved.

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