Dr. George Belliveau

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When Research Meets Theatre
When Research Meets Theatre: A Conversation on Ridge
Drama in Education
Drama in Education
Contact! Unload on Parliament Hill
Contact! Unload on Parliament Hill

Research-based Theatre
Being a Man Today
Being A Man Today
Inside look at Contact! Unload
Inside look at Contact! Unload with George Belliveau

LLED Scholarship Stories
Contact! Unload
Contact! Unload
War Stories
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 http://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/38773

Belliveau, G. (2014).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (adapted) Pacific Educational Press. (48 pages) http://www.pacificedpress.educ.ubc.ca/a-midsummer-nights-dream-adapted-script/

Belliveau, G. (2014).
Stepping into Drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the elementary classroom. Pacific Educational Press/UBC Press. (224 pages) http://www.pacificedpress.educ.ubc.ca/stepping-into-drama/

Fels, L. & Belliveau, G. (2008).
Exploring curriculum: performative inquiry, role drama and learning. Vancouver, British Columbia: Pacific Education Press/UBC Press. (286 pages) http://www.pacificedpress.educ.ubc.ca/exploring-curriculum-performative-inquiry-role-drama-and-learning/

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) http://www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/EDEQ/issue/view/155

Sinclair, C. & Belliveau, G. (Eds.) (2014). Performed Research (special issue). Journal of Artistic Creative Education, 8(1). (150 pages) http://jaceonline.com.au/issues/volume-8-number-1/

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
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. https://doi.org/10.1177/10778004221097677

Jarus, T., Mayer, Y., Gross, E., Cook, C., Bulk, L.Y., Hershler, L., Nichols, J. & Belliveau, G. (2022) Bringing disability experiences front stage: Research-based Theatre as a teaching approach to promote inclusive health education. Nurse Education Today, 115. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105408

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. https://doi.org/10.36510/learnland.v15i1.1081

Lea, G. W. & Belliveau, G. (2022) A Landscape of Ethics in Research-Based Theater: Staging Lives of Family Members Who Have Passed. Qualitative  Inquiry. https://doi.org/10.1177/10778004221098991

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 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114578

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. https://www.intellectbooks.com/applied-theatre-research

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. https://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/atj/vol3/iss1/7/

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. https://learninglandscapes.ca/index.php/learnland/article/view/950

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. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/23311983.2017.1351704?needAccess=true)

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: http://dwut.chinajournal.net.cn/WKB/WebPublication/paperDigest.aspx?paperID=c99cde7a-080e-48ff-9414-e052d439d144

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 http://www.csse-scee.ca/associations/about/cate-acfe

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 http://www.p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e.org/?p=1491

Belliveau, G. (2014). Possibilities and perspectives in performed research. Journal of Artistic Creation in Education, 7(2), 124-150. http://jaceonline.com.au/issues/volume-8-number-1/

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. http://research.ucc.ie/scenario/2013/02/BelliveauKim/02/en

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). http://www.ijea.org/v12n16

MacKenzie, D. & Belliveau, G. (2011). The playwright in research-bases theatre. Canadian Journal of Practice-based Research, 3(1)http://cjprt.uwinnipeg.ca/index.php/cjprt/article/viewFile/30/19

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) http://cjprt.uwinnipeg.ca/index.php/cjprt/article/viewFile/29/18

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. http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/artspraxis/2/responses_to_ethnotheatre

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).http://publish.ucc.ie/scenario/2009/02/wagerbelliveau/04/en

Winters, K. & Belliveau, G. (2009). Shifting identities and literacy: An a/rt/ographic examination of an educational theatre company.Language & Literacy, 11(1). http://www.langandlit.ualberta.ca/Spring2009/Winters.htm

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.http://ccfi.educ.ubc.ca/publication/insights/v12n02/articles/belliveau/index.html

Belliveau, G. (2008). Theatre and bullying: Increasing awareness about bullying and victimization. In S.Hymel, S. Swearer & P. Gillette (Eds.), Bullying at School and Onlinehttp://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Theatre_Bullying/

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. 7http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/52892/04-beare-belliveau-final.pdf

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.http://repositories.cdlib.org/clta/lta/vol3/iss1/art9

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). http://ijea.org/v7n5/index.html

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.