Associate Professor in Theatre and Health, Director of Converge
School of Performance & Media Production
T: 01904 876902
I have a background in psychiatric nursing and am a state registered dramatherapis. I published Playing the Other: dramatising personal narratives in playback theatre. I have a particular interest in theatre work with people who use mental health services and is working closely with local NHS mental health providers. I am a performing member of Playback Theatre York, a theatre company which performs throughout the North of England.
My research interests include an investigation into the impact of courses in theatre offered to mental health service users at the university, a study into the use of Yorkshire Film Archive (YFA) material in a local hospice (funded by the YFA) and an investigation into the lived experience of haemodialysis patients participating in art-work.
(1990) ‘A Sense of Pride: Self Advocacy Planning.’ Changes 3(4), MacDonald, R. and N. Rowe
(1995) ‘Minority Ethnic Groups and Occupational Therapy, Part 2: Transcultural Occupational Therapy: a curriculum for today's therapist.’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy 58(7): 286-290.
(1995) ‘Minority Ethnic Groups and Occupational Therapy. Part 1: Recruitment.’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy 58(6): 256-260.
(2000) ‘Safety Danger and Playback Theatre. Dramatherapy.’ Dramatherapy.’ Dramatherapy 22(3).
(2000) ‘Philosophy in the Flesh: the embodied mind and dramatherapy.’ Dramatherapy 22(2).
(2003) ‘A Playback Theatre Project with Users of Mental Health Services.’ A Day in the Life 7(3): 21-25.
(2003) Researcher as storyteller and performer: parallels with playback theatre. Reflexivity: A Practical Guide for Researchers in Health and Social Sciences. L. Finlay and B. McGough. Oxford, Blackwell.
(2004) ‘The Drama of Doing: Occupation and the Here and Now.’ The Journal of Occupational Science 2(2): 75-79.
(2005) ‘Performing autobiographical narratives: a consideration of playback theatre.’ Personal Narratives Research Group. Occasional Paper 1.
(2005) ‘Protecting Professional Identities: Service User Involvement and Occupational Therapy.’ British Journal of Occupational Therapy 68(1): 45-47.
(2006) ‘Integrating medical humanities into physiotherapy and occupational therapy education.’ International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation 13(9)(421–27).
(2007) Playing the Other: Dramatizing personal narratives in playback theatre. London, Jessica Kingsley.
(2007) Playing the Other: Dramatizing personal narratives in playback theatre. London, Jessica Kingsley. (translated into Korean by Biblio Drama)
Rowe, N. (2010). Beyond dramatic truth: theatre within the therapeutic encounter. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 15(1), 89-102.
Rowe, N. (2010). Bridging the Divide: Supporting people who use mental health services to enter higher education. In M. Cooper (Ed.), Changing the Culture of the Campus: Towards an Inclusive Higher Education – Ten Years on. London: European Access Network.
Rowe, N. (2011). Border Crossings: Arts and health work in a university. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 1(3), 241-250.
Rowe, N., Jones, C., Seeger, L., Greaves, G., Holman, C., & Turner, H. (2011). Forgetting the Machine: Patients' experiences of engaging in artwork while on renal dialysis. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 2(1), 57-72.
March 2002 ‘Bringing Back Living Data’ paper to the British Association of Psychodramatists
May 2002 ‘Researching improvised theatre’ to the British Association of Psychodramatists
September 2003 ‘Researching Playback Theatre’ at the Eighth International Playback Conference in Shizuoka, Japan
May 2004 ‘Drama and the Here and Now’ Paper and performance at the British Occupational Science Symposium
June 2004 ‘Using drama to promote an understanding of health related issues amongst students’ The Higher Education Academy (formerly ILT) Conference
July 2004 Presentation to the College-based ‘Narrative Research Group’
February 2005 Two papers at the Second International Playback Theatre Symposium, Arizona State University, entitled ‘Playing with meaning’ and ‘Playing the self’.
April 2005 ‘The Politics of Playback Theatre’ A paper at ‘Drama as Social Intervention Conference’ Exeter University.
June 2007 ‘Open stories and open performing.’ At Playback Theatre and Education. A conference in Windsor, Ontario.
June 2007 ‘Playback Theatre as a method for qualitative research.’ At a conference on creative research methods. Dartington (with Louise Larkinson)
September 2007 ‘The educational potential of theatre for health professionals.’ Inspiring Transformations: Arts and Health Conference, 2007. University of Northampton. (with Louise Larkinson)
November 2007 ‘Theatre, drama and the health professional’ a paper at Through the Looking Glass, an arts and health symposium. Leeds. (with Louise Larkinson)
June 2008 Building Bridges between the university and local mental health services: a theatre course for users of mental health services. Given to FACE conference at York St John University.
September 2008 A theatre course held at York St John University for users of mental health services. Given at the Faculty of Arts Research Conference.
July 2009 Building Bridges between the university and local mental health services: a theatre course for users of mental health services. Given at the European Access Network Conference.
September 2009 Out of Character a group of mental health service users, staff and students performed at Inspiring Transformations, an Arts and Health conference at the University of Northampton
April 2011 Converge: A Collaborative Project to Increase Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities. Keynote address at Research symposium. Pacific University, Portland Oregon.