Dr Molly Mullen

PhD., MA (Distinction), BA (First Class Honours)

Biography

Molly is a senior lecturer in applied theatre. To this role she brings over ten years of experience producing theatre education, youth theatre, community arts and children’s theatre projects in the UK and New Zealand. Molly's research examines the opportunities and constraints experienced by artists involved in creating socially committed theatre, drama and performance. Her doctoral research provides insights into the ways in which applied theatre companies negotiate tensions between their political, aesthetic, pedagogic and ethical values, and the demands/constraints of financing their work. She has an ongoing research interest in issues relating to funding, business practice and management in applied theatre. Her other current research and practice foci include applied performance and ecology, drama and performance in early childhood education and the arts in criminal justice contexts. She works primarily with arts-based, ethnographic and participatory research methodologies and draws on a range of poststructuralist, feminist and performance theories.

Research | Current

Creating change: Examining the economies of arts organisations working towards social justice and wellbeing for young people in Auckland, New Zealand: This study examines the tensions experienced by community arts organisations as they negotiate funding and policy conditions to promote social justice and wellbeing for young people.

Tuhia ki te ao - Write to the natural worldThis TLRI project explores how people communicate a relationship and kinship with the natural world within the secondary school context. Through the project the research team will gain understanding of how literacy shapes a sense of our place in the world - our environment, our culture and our identity.

Other ongoing research interests include:

  • Funding and management in applied theatre
  • Applied performance and ecology
  • Drama and performance in early childhood education
  • Arts-based research in education and applied theatre

Teaching | Current

  • EDUC 737 Arts in Communities
  • EDUC 756 Applied Theatre: Performance of Hope
  • EDUC 100G The Creative Process
  • EDUC 213 Education and Social Justice
  • EDPROFST 754 Critical Research Methodologies in Education
  • EDUC 774 Education and Empowerment
  • EDUC 116 Introduction to Educational Thought
  • EDUC 204 Philosophy and Sociology of Education

Postgraduate supervision

Simon Dennan, We Chant Down Babylon: Reimagining Oceania through Critical Reggae Pedagogy, Doctor of Philosophy, [joint supervisor], in process

Kat Thomas, Intimate Aesthetic Revolutions, Doctor of Philosophy with Creative Component, [joint supervisor], in process

Penny Lin, Dissolving language: "There are many stories to tell", Doctor of Philosophy, [joint supervisor], in process

Moema Gregorzewski, Emerging as the Others of our Selves? Exploring applied theatre as Critical Multicultural Eduucation in Post-Normal times, Doctor of Philosophy, [joint supervisor], in process

Linlin Xu, Written feedback dynamics in intercultural doctoral supervision, Doctor of Philosophy, [joint supervisor], (Complete)

 

Distinctions/Honours

2012 University of Auckland Universitas 21 Doctoral Student Mobility Scholarship to spend three months researching at the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Education

2011 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship

2011TaPRA Postgraduate Bursary awarded to present a peer reviewed paper at the Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference in London

2005 Recipient of a Professional Preparation Masters Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK

Areas of expertise

Applied theatre (drama and performance practices in education, community and institutional settings)

Methodologies for research in arts, youth, community and educational contexts

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2010-present Member of the Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre at the University of Auckland

2013-present Chair of Postgraduate Committee, School of Critical Studies in Education

2013-present Member of Drama New Zealand, the New Zealand association for drama in education

2014-present Member of the Autralasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies

 

 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Mullen, M., Matthewman, S., & Sykes, L. (2017). Finding Te Parenga: Informing environmental identities through drama. New Zealand Journal of Research in Performing Arts and Education: Nga mahi a rehia, 7, 5-18.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sasha Matthewman
  • Mullen, M., & Johansson, M. (2017). More than words: Culturally and environmentally responsive literacies in The Arts. Set: Research Information for Teachers, 2017 (3), 38-44.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michelle Johansson
  • Mullen, M. (2017). The 'diverse economies' of applied theatre. Applied Theatre Research, 5 (1), 7-22. 10.1386/atr.5.1.7_1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35997
  • Wood, B., & Mullen, M. (2016). Rangi Ruru Walk: social and spatial connections through hybrid intermedial practices. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 21 (3), 406-412. 10.1080/13569783.2016.1189820
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30940
  • Mullen, M., & Thomas, K. (2016). Collaborative creativity in community settings. In O'Connor P (Ed.) The possibilities of creativity (pp. 117-134). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28907
  • Mullen, M. (2015). Managing applied theatre. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20 (3), 267-270. 10.1080/13569783.2015.1059260
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27939
  • Matthewman, S., Mullen, M., & Patuwai, T. (2015). The River Talks: An ecocritical ‘kōrero’ about ecological performance, community activism and ‘slow violence’. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20 (4), 442-463. 10.1080/13569783.2015.1065726
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27938
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sasha Matthewman
  • Mullen, M. (2014). Inviting entanglements: Researching within applied theatre companies. Applied Theatre Research, 2 (1), 33-47. 10.1386/atr.2.1.33_1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26099

Contact details

Alternative contact

Office N312B

Primary office location

N - BLOCK. EPSOM - Bldg 6EN
Level 3, Room 312B
EPSOM CAMPUS, 74 EPSOM AVE
EPSOM
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand