Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology
The School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design
Julia Gray is an interdisciplinary cultural and performance studies scholar, critical social science researcher and artist-practitioner (playwright/theatre director), and currently
Julia was originally trained as a playwright and theatre director, with a background in dance, and she is the playwright/director of several research-informed theatre projects including After the Crash: a play about brain injury, Seeing the Forest (co-written with Dr. Gail Mitchell about patient safety culture in hospitals) and most recently Cracked: new light on dementia. She obtained her
- Arts-based, critical qualitative and post-qualitative research approaches
- Performance, cultural and social theories
- Embodied difference: disability and aging
- Health humanities
- Activism/social justice
Gray, J. (Ed.) (2017) ReView: an anthology of plays committed to social justice. Rotterdam: Brill-Sense Publishers.
Gray, J. Dupuis, S.L., Kontos, P., Jonas-Simpson, C., Mitchell, G. (In Press) Knowledge as Embodied, Imaginative, Foolish Enactment: Exploring Dementia Experiences through Theatre. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research.
Gray, J. Donnelly, H., Gibson, B.E. (2019) Seriously foolish and foolishly serious: The art and practice of clowning in children’s rehabilitation. Journal of Medical Humanities. First published on-line July 23, 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10912-019-09570-0
Gray, J., Kontos, P. (2019) Working at the margins: Theatre, social science and radical political engagement. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. Special Issue on Theatre and Performance vs the “Crisis in the Humanities”: Creative Pedagogies, Neoliberal Realities. 24(3), 204-207. doi: 10.1080/13569783.2019.1604125
Gray, J. (2019) Working within an aesthetic of relationality: Theoretical considerations of embodiment, imagination and foolishness as part of theatre making about dementia. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. Special Issue on Theatre, Dementia and Relationality, 24(1), 6-22. doi: 10.1080/13569783.2018.1535270
Gray, J. & Kontos, P. (2018) An aesthetic of relationality: embodiment, imagination and playing The Fool in research-informed theatre. Qualitative Inquiry. 24(7), 440-452. doi: 10.1177/1077800417736331
Parsons, J. A., Gladstone, B. M., Gray, J. and Kontos, P. (2017) ‘Re-conceptualizing “impact” in art-based health research’, Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 8(2), 155–73, doi: 10.1386/jaah.8.2.155_1
Dupuis, S.L., Kontos, P., Mitchell, G., Jonas-Simpson, C., & Gray, J. (2016). Re-claiming citizenship through the arts. Special Issue on Citizenship, Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 15(3), 358-380.
Gray, J., Kontos, P. (2015) Immersion, imagination and embodiment: moving beyond an aesthetic of objectivity in research-informed performance in health [31 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research 16(2), Art. 29. http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1502290.
Gray, J., Setchell, J. with Donnelly, H. (In press) Applied performance practices of therapeutic clowns: A curated conversation with Helen Donnelly. A. Breed & T. Prentki (Eds) The Routledge Companion to Applied Performance. London, UK: Routledge.
Gray, J., Kontos, P., Dupuis, S., Mitchell, G., Jonas-Simpson, C. (2017) Dementia (re)performed: Interrogating tensions between relational engagement and regulatory policies in care homes through theatre. S. Chivers and U. Kreibernegg (Eds) Care Home Stories: Aging, Disability, and Long-term Residential Care, (pp. 105-120). Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript-Verlag.
Gray, J. & Mitchell, G. (2016) Considering Aesthetics: bringing new awareness to patient safety culture in hospitals. G. Belliveau and G. Lea (Eds) Research-based theatre: An Artistic Methodology, (pp. 77-88). Bristol, UK: Intellect.
Winter 2019: Julia co-taught ‘Theory and Method for Qualitative Researchers: An Introduction (JRP1000)” with Dr. Janet Parsons