George Belliveau

Dr. George Belliveau


Graduate Student Advisor

he / him / his 604–822–8654 English, French/Français
Research and teaching areas:

Arts-Based Research

Drama/Theater education

English language arts

Literacy education

Storytelling & Narrative Inquiry

Teacher Education


When Research Meets Theatre
Drama in Education
Contact! Unload on Parliament Hill
Precious Moments: Performing A/r/tography
Research-based Theatre
Being a Man Today
Inside look at Contact! Unload
LLED Scholarship Stories
Contact! Unload
War Stories

Belliveau, G. (2021, October 13). Episode 16: Interview with Dr. George Belliveau [Radio broadcast]. Research Review, CiTR 101.9 FM, Canada.


Research-based Theatre

A/r/tography in Teacher Education

Student-to-Student Abuse in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools

Assessing research-based theatre

Living, learning and teaching in the Dadaab (Kenya) refugee camp

Theatre and young audiences

Arts-based health research

Shakespeare in the Elementary Classroom

Theatre with returning veterans

Selected Publications


Belliveau, G. & Lea, G. (Eds.) (2020)

Belliveau, G., & Westwood, M. (Eds.) (2016).
Soldiers performing self in Contact!Unload: Innovations in theatre and counseling. Vancouver: Faculty of Education, UBC. (215 pages)
Belliveau, G., & Lea, G. (Eds.) (2016).
Research-based theatre: An artistic methodology. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books. (204 pages)
Carter, M. R., Prendergast, M., & Belliveau, G. (Eds.) (2015).
Drama, theatre and performance education in Canada: Classroom and community contexts. Ottawa: Canadian Association of Teacher Education/Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Retrieved from
Belliveau, G. (2014).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (adapted) Pacific Educational Press. (48 pages)
Belliveau, G. (2014).
Stepping into Drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the elementary classroom. Pacific Educational Press/UBC Press. (224 pages)
Fels, L. & Belliveau, G. (2008).
Exploring curriculum: performative inquiry, role drama and learning. Vancouver, British Columbia: Pacific Education Press/UBC Press. (286 pages)
Editor for Special Journal Issues

Boydell, K. & Belliveau, G. (Eds.) (2017). A Critical Inquiry into Art-based Health Research. (eds.) Special issue Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 8(2). 139 pages.

Belliveau, G. (Ed.) (2015). Learning moments through research-based theatre (special issue). Journal of Educational Enquiry, 14(1). (94 pages)

Sinclair, C. & Belliveau, G. (Eds.) (2014). Performed Research (special issue). Journal of Artistic Creative Education, 8(1). (150 pages)

Belliveau, G. & Weltsek, G. (Eds.). (2012). Considerations in the Innovative Gathering and Dissemination of Youth Theatre Research (special issue). Youth Theatre Journal, 26(1): 162 pages.

Belliveau, G., & Chaine, F. (Eds.). (2008). Drama/theatre education (special issue). Theatre Research in Canada28(2): 184 pages.

Articles and Book Chapters
Belliveau, G., Cook, C., Shigematsu, T., Mohseni, M., & Nichols, J. (2023) Addressing water-health equity through biological engineering and theatre. Nordic Journal of Art & Research, 12(2).
Lea, G. W. & Belliveau, G. (2023) A Landscape of Ethics in Research-Based Theater: Staging Lives of Family Members Who Have Passed. Qualitative Inquiry.
Jarus, T., Mayer, Y., Gross, E., Cook, C., Bulk, L.Y., Hershler, L., Nichols, J. & Belliveau, G. (2023) Bringing disability experiences front stage: Research-based Theatre as a teaching approach to promote inclusive health education. Nurse Education Today, 115.
Belliveau, G. & Lea, G. W. (2023) Collaborating with soldiers in devising Contact!Unload. In J. McKinnon & H. Fitzsimmons-Frey (Eds.) Off Book: Devised Performance and Higher Education. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books. (pp. 335-351).
Chi, X. B., & Belliveau, G. (2022) Between tradition and modernity: developments in Xiqu (Chinese opera) actor training, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 13:4, 616-622, DOI: 10.1080/19443927.2022.2135873
Michalovich, A., Mayer, Y., Hershler, L., Bulk, L.Y., Cook, C., Graf, H., Lee, M., Belliveau, G., Jarus, T. (2022) Through a glass brightly: Generative ethical tensions in Research-based Theatre. Qualitative Inquiry.
Nichols, J., Belliveau, G., Cox, S., Lea, G. W. & Cook, C. (2022) Key questions in evaluating audience impact: A mixed methods approach in research-based theatre. In D. Snyder-Young & M. Omasta (Eds.) Impacting Theatre Audiences: Methods for Studying Change. New York: Routledge. (pp. 161-172).
Shigematsu, T., Lea, G. W., Cook, C., Belliveau, G. (2022) A Spotlight on Research-based Theatre. Learning Landscapes Journal.
Nichols, J., Cox, S., Cook, C, Lea, G. W. & Belliveau, G. (2022) Research-based theatre about veterans transitioning home: A mixed methods evaluation of audience impacts. Social Science & Medicine, 292
Shigematsu, T., Cook, C., Belliveau, G., & Lea, G. W. (2021) Research-based Theatre across disciplines: A relational approach to inquiry. Applied Theatre Research, 9(1), 55-72.
Chi, X., Belliveau, G., Dong, B. (2021) Looking back and looking forward: Educational Drama in Chinese language arts education. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 26(2), 312-317.
Belliveau, G., Cox, S., Nichols, J., Lea, G. W. & Cook, C. (2021) Examining the Ethics of Research-Based Theatre through Contact!Unload. In T. Prentki & A. Breed (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Applied Performance. London: Routledge. (pp. 141-148).
Cook, C., Shigematsu, T, Belliveau, G. (2020) Teaching Research-based Theatre online: A narrative of practice. Arts Praxis, 7(2), 56-69.
Lea, G., Belliveau, G., Westwood. (2020) Staging Therapeutic Enactment with Veterans in Contact!Unload. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 17(4), 521-540.
Belliveau, G., McLean, B., Cook, C. (2020) Impact on veteran performers. In G. Belliveau & G. Lea (Eds.). Contact!Unload: Military veterans, trauma, and research-based theatre. Vancouver, CA: UBC Press. (pp. 79-92).
Nichols, J., Cox, S., & Belliveau, G., (2020) Understanding the impacts of Contact!Unload on audiences. In G. Belliveau & G. Lea (Eds.). Contact!Unload: Military veterans, trauma, and research-based theatre. Vancouver, CA: UBC Press. (pp. 160-171).
Cox, S. & Belliveau, G. (2019). Health Theatre: Embodied research. In P. Leavy (Ed.) Oxford Handbook on Methods for Public Scholarship. Oxford University Press. (pp. 335-357).
Bendiksen, S.A., Østern, A., Belliveau, G. (2019). Literacy events in writing play workshops with children aged three to five: A study of agential cuts with the artographic triple dimensions as a lens. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 20(3).
Lea, G. W. & Belliveau, G. (2019) Research-based theatre as educational research innovation. In M. Peters & R. Heraud (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Educational Innovation. Singapore: Springer. (pp. 1-7).
Belliveau, G. & Prendergast, M. (2019) Shadows of history, echoes of war: Performing alongside veteran soldiers and prison inmates in two Canadian applied theatre projects. In M. Finneran & M. Anderson (Eds.) Education and theatres: Beyond the four walls. New York: Springer (pp. 211-225).
Belliveau, G. (2018). Performing research: Contemplating what it means to be a man. Artizein: Arts & Teaching Journal, 3(1), 38-45.
Belliveau, G. & Sinclair, C. (2018). Touchstones of practice: Consideration from the theatre workshop floor. In Duffy, P., Hatton, C. & Sallis, R. (Eds.) Drama Research Methods: Provocations of Practice (pp. 3-18). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill/Sense Publishers.
Belliveau, G. (2018). Releasing trauma. In P. Tortell, M. Turin & M. Young (Eds.) Memory (pp. 129-139). Vancouver: UBC Press & Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.
Belliveau, G., Cook, C., MacLean, B., & Lea, G. (2019). Thawing Out: Therapy Through Theatre with Canadian Military Veterans. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 62, 45-51
Cook, C. & Belliveau, G. (2018). Community Stories and Growth through Research-Based Theatre. Learning Landscapes Journal, 11 (2), 107-124.
Prendergast, M. & Belliveau, G. (2018). Misperformance ethnography. In M. Cahnmann-Taylor & R. Siegesmund (Eds.) Arts-Based Research in Education: Foundations for Practice. New York: Routledge. (99-114).
Belliveau, G. & Nichols, J. (2017). Audience responses to Contact!Unload: A research-based play about returning military veterans. Journal Cogent: Arts & Humanities, 4, 1-12. (
Belliveau, G. (2017). Theatre with veterans: Transition and recovery. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 8(2), 255-265.
Belliveau, G., Shigematsu, T., & Wasserman, J. (2017). Theatre in Canada: What’s next? In P. Tortell (Ed.), Reflections of Canada (pp. 261–266). Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.
Irwin, R., Belliveau, G., LeBlanc, N., & Ryu, J. Y. (2017). A/r/tography as living inquiry. In P. Leavy (Ed.), Handbook of Arts Based Research (pp. 37–53). New York: Guildford Press.
Belliveau, G. (2017). Historiography and The Komagata Maru Incident. In H. Davis-Fisch (Ed.), Past Lives: Performing Canada's Histories (pp. 305–310). Toronto: ON: Playwrights Canada Press.
Lea, G., & Belliveau, G. (2016). Situating the field. In Belliveau, G. & Lea, G. (Eds.), Research-based theatre: An artistic methodology (pp. 1-12). Bristol, UK: Intellect Books.
Belliveau, G., & Irwin, R. (2016). Performing autobiography. In G. Belliveau, & G. Lea (Eds.), Research-based theatre: An artistic methodology (pp. 175–188). Bristol, UK: Intellect Books.
Xu, Y., & Belliveau, G. (2016). 海外戏剧教育理念方法在中国戏曲传承传播中的应用—以汤显祖、莎士比亚剧作为研究中心 [Ideas and methods of overseas drama education applied in inheritance and dissemination of Chinese opera – with Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu as the Research Centre]. Grand Stage, 339(8), 54–60. Available at:
Belliveau, G. (2016). Performing Contact!Unload: Insider perspectives. In G. Belliveau, & M. Westwood (Eds.), Soldiers performing self in Contact!Unload: Innovations in theatre and counseling (pp. 45–52). Vancouver: Faculty of Education, UBC.
Gibson, R., Belliveau, G., Burnard, P., Seidel, S., Valdez, J., & Wales, P. (2016). AEMEA: In J. Fleming, M. Anderson, & R. Gibson (Eds.), How arts education makes a difference: Research examining successful practice and pedagogy (pp. 227–248). New York: Routledge.
Boydell, K., Hodgins, M., Gladsone, B., Stasiulis, E., Belliveau, G., Kontos, P., Parsons, J. (2016). Arts-based health research and academic legitimacy: Transcending hegemonic conventions. Qualitative Research Journal, 16(3), 1–20.
Belliveau, G., & Prendergast, M. (2016). Perspectives on drama and performance education in Canadian classrooms. In J. Fleming, M. Anderson, & R. Gibson (Eds.), How arts education makes a difference: Research examining successful practice and pedagogy (pp. 264–275). New York: Routledge.
Belliveau, G. & Belliveau, S. (2015). Teacher in (a) role: Working with Shakespeare in the elementary classroom. In M. Carter, M. Prendergast, & G. Belliveau (Eds.), Drama, theatre and performance education in Canada: Classroom and community contexts (pp. 55–63). Ottawa: Canadian Association of Teacher Education/Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Retrieved from
Lea, G. & Belliveau, G. (2015). Assessing performance-based research. In S. Schonmann (Ed.), The wisdom of the many – Key Issues in arts education: International yearbook for research in arts education (pp. 407–12). Munster, Germany: Waxman Publishers.
Belliveau, G. (2015). To entertain and surprise: Reflections on theatre and learning. In A. Babayants & H. Fitzsimmons Frey (Eds.), Theatre and learning (pp. 2–5). London, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Belliveau, G. (2015). Using drama to build community in Canadian schools. In A. Sinner & D. Conrad (Eds.), Creating together: An interdisciplinary workshop of participatory, community-based and collaborative arts practices and scholarship (pp. 131–143). Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier Press.
Belliveau, G. (2015). Performing identity through research-based theatre: Brothers. Journal of Educational Enquiry, 14(1), 5–16.
Belliveau, G. (2015). Research-based theatre and a/r/tography: Exploring arts-based educational research methodologies. p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e, 2(1). Retrieved from

Belliveau, G. (2014). Possibilities and perspectives in performed research. Journal of Artistic Creation in Education, 7(2), 124-150.

Belliveau, G., & Prendergast, M. (2013). Drama and literature. In M. Anderson & J. Dunn (Eds.), How Drama Activates Learning: Contemporary Research and Practice (pp. 277-290). Continuum Press: London, UK

Belliveau, G.  & Kim, W. (2013). Drama in L2 learning: Research Synthesis. International Journal for Drama and Theatre in Foreign and Second Language Education, 7(2), 6-26.

Lafreniere, D., Cox, S., Belliveau, G. & Lea, G. W. (2013). Performing the human subject: Arts-based knowledge dissemination in health research. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 3(3), 243-257.

Boydell, K.M., Volpe, T., Cox, S., Katz, A., Dow, R., Brunger, F., Parsons, J., Belliveau, G., Gladstone, B., Zlotnik-Shaul, R., Kamensek, O., Lafrenière D., & Wong, L. (2012). Ethical challenges in arts-based health research. International Journal for the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice,11, 1-17.

Carter, M., Beare, D., Belliveau, G. & R. Irwin. (2012). A/r/tography as pedagogy: A promise without guarantee. The Canadian Review of Art Education 38, 1-15.

Shira, A & Belliveau, G. (2012). Discovering the role(s) of a drama researcher: Outsider, bystander, mysterious observer. Youth Theatre Journal 26(1), 73-87.

Belliveau, G. (2012). Shakespeare and Literacy: A Case Study in a Primary Classroom. Journal of Social Sciences, 8(2), 170-177.

Belliveau, G. (2012). Engaging secondary students through drama. In C. Leggo, K. James, T. Dobson (Eds.), English in Middle and Secondary Classrooms: Creative and Critical Advice from Canada’s Teacher Educators (pp. 164-167). Pearson Educational Press.

Belliveau, G. & Weltsek, G. (Eds.). (2012). Critical and innovative research in youth theatre. Youth Theatre Journal, 26(1): 162 pages.

Prendergast, M. & Belliveau, G. (2012) Poetics and Performance. In A. Trainor & E. Graue (Eds.), Publishing qualitative research in the social science (pp. 197-210). Routledge Publishing.

Beck, J., Belliveau, G., Wager, A., Lea, G. (2011). Delineating a spectrum of research-based theatre. Qualitative Inquiry, 17(8), 687-700.

Lea, G. W., Belliveau, B.,  Beck, J., Wager, A. (2011). A loud silence:weaving research-based theatre and a/r/tography. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 12(16).

MacKenzie, D. & Belliveau, G. (2011). The playwright in research-bases theatre. Canadian Journal of Practice-based Research, 3(1)

MacKenzie, D., Belliveau, G., Beck, J., Lea, G., Wager, A. (2011). Naming the Shadows: Theatre as Research. Canadian Journal of Practice-based Research, 3(1)

White, V., & Belliveau, G. (2011). Multiple perspectives, loyalties and identities: Exploring intrapersonal spaces through research-based theatre. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 24(2), 227-238.

Belliveau, G., & Lea, G. (2011) Research-based theatre in education. In S. Schonmann (Ed.), Key concepts in theatre drama education (pp. 332-38). Sense Publishers.

Webber, T., Belliveau, G., Lea, G. (2010). Hope and identity in the high school musical: Insights into the life of a hard of hearing student. In C. McLean & R. Kelly (Eds.), Creative arts in interdisciplinary practice, inquiries for hope and change (pp. 267-284). Temeron Books.

Belliveau, G., & Lea, G. (2010). TheaterPEI: The emergence and development of a local theatre. In L. Burnett (Ed.), Theatre in Atlantic Canada: Critical perspectives on Canadian theatre in English (pp.146-159). Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press.

White, V., & Belliveau, G. (2010). Whose story is it anyway? Exploring ethical dilemmas in performed research. Performing Ethos International Research Journal, 1(1), 85-95.

Belliveau, G. & White, V. (2010). Performer and audience responses to ethnotheatre: Exploring conflict and social justice.ArtsPraxis Research Journal, 2, 22-36.

Wager, A., Belliveau,G., Lea, G., Beck, J. (2009). Exploring Drama as an Additional Language through research-based theatre. International Journal for Drama and Theatre in Foreign and Second Language Education, 3(2).

Winters, K. & Belliveau, G. (2009). Shifting identities and literacy: An a/rt/ographic examination of an educational theatre company.Language & Literacy, 11(1).

Belliveau, G. (2009). Elementary students and Shakespeare: Inspiring community and learning. International Journal of the Arts in Society, 4(2), 1-8.

Belliveau, G. (2008). You didn’t do anything: A research play on bullying. Educational Insights 12.2.

Belliveau, G. (2008). Theatre and bullying: Increasing awareness about bullying and victimization. In S.Hymel, S. Swearer & P. Gillette (Eds.), Bullying at School and Online

Medina, C., Belliveau, G., Weltsek, G. (2008). Reflective practices in drama teacher preparation. Theatre Research in Canada28(2), 130-143.

Gouzouasis, P., Henry, J., Belliveau, G. (2008). Turning points: A transitional story of grade seven music students’ participation in high school band programmes. Music Education Research, 10(1), 75-89.

Belliveau, G., & Beare, D. (2008). Dialoguing scripted data. Being with A/r/tography. Ed. Stepanie Springgay, Rita Irwin, Carl Leggo and Peter Gouzouasis. Sense Publishers: 141-152.

Belliveau, G. (2007). An alternative model for teaching and learning. Canadian Journal of Education, 30(1), 47-67.

Belliveau, G. & White, V. (2008). It’s elementary! Learning and building community through Shakespeare. Proceedings Hawaii International Conference on Education. (2008): 806-817.

Belliveau, G. & Beare, D. (2007). Theatre for Positive Youth Development: A Model for Collaborative Play-Creating.Applied Theatre Researcher Vol. 7

Belliveau, G., Weale, J., Lea, G. (2007). TheaterPEI: The emergence and development of a local theatre. Theatre Research in Canada, 26(1), 64-81.

Bournot-Trites, M., Belliveau, G., Séror, J. , Spiliotopoulos, V.. (2007). The role of drama on cultural sensitivity, motivation and literacy in a second language context, Learning through the Arts Research Journal, 3.1.

Belliveau, G. (2007). Ça bouge: Le théâtre de Moncton Sable. Theatre Research in Canada, 26(2), 114-129.

Belliveau, G. (2007). Dramatizing the data: An ethnodramatic exploration of a playbuilding process. Arts & Learning Research Journal, 23(1), 31-51.

Ryan, D., Giles, J., Belliveau, G., de Freitas, E. (2006). The effect of teaching style on learning and retention in a quantitative course. Active Learning in Higher Education, 7(3), 213 – 225.

Belliveau, G. (2006). Using drama to achieve social justice: Anti-bullying project in elementary schools. Universal Mosaic of Drama and Theatre – IDEA Publications, 5, 325 – 336.

Belliveau, G. (2006). Collective playbuilding: Using arts-based research to understand a social justice drama process in teacher education. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 7(5).

Belliveau, G. (2006). Performed research: Exploring an anti-bullying drama project in teacher education. Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Research Journal, June 2, 9-11.

Belliveau, G. &  Lea, G. (2006). PEI’s Victoria Playhouse: Looking back, looking forward. Canadian Theatre Review, 128, 26 – 31.

Belliveau, G. (2006). Liveness in the Okanagan: Caravan Farm Theatre. Canadian Theatre Review, 127, 85 – 86.

Belliveau, G. (2005). Drama in the Maritimes: Tides (plays) are strong. Canadian Theatre Review, 122, 90 – 94.

Belliveau, G. (2005). An arts-based approach to teach social justice: Drama as a way to address bullying in schools. International Journal of Arts Education, 3, 136 – 165.

Belliveau, G. (2005). An arts-based approach to teach social justice: Drama as a way to address bullying in schools (Mandarin Translation). International Journal of Arts Education, 3, 166 – 189.

Belliveau, G. (2005). Mining and community: Using the arts as a way of knowing. English Quarterly, 37(1), 1 – 7.

Belliveau, G. (2004). Managing to keep going … Drama Education on Prince Edward Island. Canadian Drama Mosaic, 26 – 29.

Belliveau, G. (2004). Exploring Acadian History using arts-based teaching. Port Acadie, 5, 25 – 38.

Belliveau, G. (2004). Pre-service teachers engage in Collective Drama. English Quarterly, 35(3), 1 – 6.

Belliveau, G. (2004). Struggle to success: Collective drama on Anti-Bullying. Canadian Theatre Review, 117, 42 – 44.

Belliveau, G. (2003). Daddy on trial: Sharon Pollock’s New Brunswick plays. Theatre Research in Canada, 22(2), 161 – 172.

Belliveau, G. (2003). Remembering our past: Investigating British Columbia’s history in The Komagata Maru Incident and The Hope Slide. B.C. Studies, 137, 93 – 106.

Belliveau, G. (2003). Les Arts Dramatiques pour étudier la Déportation Acadienne en Immersion Française. Canadian Modern Language Review, 59(3), 441 – 453.

Belliveau, G. (2002). Glace Bay to Hollywood: A political journey. Theatre Research in Canada, 22(1), 46 – 57.

Belliveau, G. (2002). Paul Ledoux’ Anne: A journey from page to stage. Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture. Ed. Irene Gammel. U Toronto Press: 201 – 215.