Pil Hansen, PhD
Areas of Research
Memory, perception, attention, cognitive flexibility, embodiment, and self-organizing dynamical systems within creative processes and performance situations in dance and theatre as well as music, performance, and inter-arts.
Facilitation of creative processes, compositional choice making, and audience invitations in dance, theatrical devising, new circus, and inter-arts -- using and developing a wide range of creative strategies.
The dramaturgy, notation, and psychology of systematic approaches to improvisation in dance as well as music and theatre.
Methodological cross-over between artistic inquiry, Practice-as-Research, scientific experimentation, socio-ethnographic field studies, and analytical theory construction.
Strategic planning, artistic development and branding, marketing, fundraising, and financial management in the performing arts. Emphasis on tools and strategies that are mission-based, engage audiences as co-producers of experiences, and extend artistic methods to marketing and business planning.
Working with this supervisor
I welcome supervisory inquiries from students applying to the Graduate Program in Drama's Theatre Studies stream with either strong academic abilities or a combination of academic and artistic skills and a with an appetite for active production of both scholarly and artistic knowledge. Students with an interest in interdisciplinary work will find me open to working with a co-supervisor from another department and discipline. While I supervise a broad range of subjects, students with an interest in empirical experimentation or the bringing together of artistic and scholarly or scientific inquiry will have more opportunity to align their work with my research activities.
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