Dr CHAN, Phoebe
Head of Performing Arts Research and Postgraduate Studies Coordinator
Centre for Performing Arts Research
CHAN, Yuk-Lan Phoebe holds extensive experience in research, drama and education practices. She has collaborated with a wide range of organisations in creating stage works, performing, teaching, researching and running facilitator training.
Phoebe has taken part in a range of research projects of varying scale. Her research has not only been driven by its focus on specific issues/topics, but also by a concern towards finding relevant methodologies suited to the cultural, social and educational contexts of those issues. Her PhD research, exploring the actor-teachers’ practices in interactive Theatre-in-Education programmes, employed narrative inquiry as methodology to help artists articulate their practice through storying their experiences. A recent performed research project used live theatre as the stimulus for collecting data from drama practitioners worldwide, on their views about “Drama and Democracy”. The findings were subsequently presented as a Verbatim Theatre performance. As a practitioner researcher, Phoebe is concerned about making research findings accessible to people outside the academic realm. She has not only been widely published in books and journals, locally and internationally, but also set up platforms like newspaper columns and blogs to disseminate research findings to the wider public. Phoebe serves as a member of the Review and Advisory Board of the international journal Applied Theatre Research, and the Editorial Board of The Journal of Drama and Theatre Education in Asia. Her recent publications include Drama Alive: Teaching English through Process Drama (co-authored with LAM, Yin Krissy, Hong Kong Art School, 2010), Exploring Poverty through Drama: The Use of Drama in Global Citizenship Education (Oxfam Hong Kong, 2012, Chinese book), “Fluorescent Raincoat into Yellow Umbrella: Social Responsibility as Embodied Experience” (in Drama and Social Justice, Routledge, 2016), and the newspaper column “A Different Look at Drama” (in Apple Daily, 2013-14) and a co-written column in The House News on drama education (2014).
An experienced drama educator and applied theatre practitioner, Phoebe was coordinator and lecturer for Hong Kong’s pioneering Master’s programme in Applied Theatre and Drama Education, co-organised by Griffith University and Hong Kong Art School. She also designed a Professional Diploma in Applied Theatre and Drama Education to cater for growing industry needs in Hong Kong, and served as a core teaching member in the programme. A founding member of Hong Kong Theatre/Drama and Education Forum (TEFO), she now serves as the Chairperson of its Board of Directors. When TEFO organised the 6th World Congress for International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) in Hong Kong in 2007, Phoebe was a key member of the organising committee.
Phoebe holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong, an MA in Drama in Education from the University of Central England in Birmingham, and a PhD from Griffith University