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Rand is theatre academic and facilitator with experience working across a variety of creative and community contexts. His knowledge of theatre theory combined with practical experience as a theatre facilitator ensures that he brings a developed awareness of ‘practice’ into the seminar room and of ‘critical thought’ into the studio. In 2004, he was commissioned by the UNDP to travel to the Occupied Territories in Palestine to run workshops for Palestinian youths. In 2012 he received a Cultural Leadership Development Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to deliver the ‘7arakat’|‘Harakat’ Project involving a series of theatre initiatives between Australia and Palestine. In Aotearoa, he has led teaching and creative projects engaging with both prison and aged-care communities. He is currently co-editor of the special issue of Research in Drama Education (RiDE) on 'Carcerality, Theatre, Rights' (forthcoming 2021), and is the editor of the special issue of the Humanities journal entitled 'Acts of Liberation' (forthcoming 2021).
Rand is an Applied Theatre practitioner and scholar. His research interests lie in theatre that addresses exclusion and engages with issues of social justice. He is interested in how theatre and creativity intersect with human rights, citizenship, and justice. His research on Refugee Theatre has been published in a series of international peer-reviewed journals. He has a developing research profile related to Palestinian Theatre and Arab Theatre. In 2019 he was the co-convenor of ‘The Performing Arts and Justice Hui' which explored the role of the arts and culture in decolonising corrections.
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Applied Ethics (220100):
Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201):
Cultural Studies (200200):
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200):
Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (190404):
Human Rights and Justice Issues (220104):
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000):
Performing Arts and Creative Writing (190400):
Philosophy And Religious Studies (220000):
Postcolonial Studies (200211):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000)
My teaching is informed by a decolonial approach that connects racial and cultural disadvantage to wider historical processes of colonialism. My teaching seeks to enhance forms of collective reflection and action to address cultural exclusion and disadvantage associated with colonial legacies and the privileging of Western epistemologies embedded in curricula and pedagogy. My teaching aims to cultivate a sense of community to address social problems and catalyse change. My knowledge of theatre theory combined with my practical experience as a theatre practitioner and facilitator ensures that I bring a developed awareness of ‘practice’ into the seminar room and of ‘critical thought’ into the studio. My theatre expertise means that I often employ ‘experiential pedagogies’ in my teaching which encourages students to ‘learn by doing’. My teaching approach is also informed by a critical pedagogy following Freire (1970) which is particularly sensitive to relationships of power and knowledge between teacher and student and which highlights a shared responsibility for learning. As a teacher employing critical pedagogies in drama-based instruction I always try to encourage students to be co-constructors of knowledge and allow for a variety of viewpoints and engagements by creating a safe environment. Since joining Massey University in 2013, I have developed and coordinated several courses. I was previously appointed as the Course Coordinator to help design and deliver the 2nd year Bachelor of Arts (BA) core citizenship course 230.210 Tu Rangaranga: Global Encounters.
I am committed to collaborative working methods and to providing opportunities for graduate students to enhance their research skills and expertise. My research interests lie in Applied Theatre and in theatre that intersects with issues of social justice. I am interested in the role of theatre and creativity in engaging with issues of human rights, citizenship, and justice. I am interested in supervising scholarly theses and PhDs with Creative Practice that employ Performance as Research methodologies.
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