♥ HEARTS is a co-sponsor of a theater-in-health research project which began with a pilot program in the winter of 2019.  Three free-standing workshops were held January, February, and March in which participants, under the leadership of Cathy Madden of the University of Washington School of Drama, created a play based on improvised theater activities.

Pre- and post-quality of life surveys and written free-form impressions were administered at each workshop.  Results have been collected and thus far indicate that an expansion of this project is warranted.  Cathy Madden and Connie Amundson presented the practice and theory behind this project at the 14th International Arts in Society Conference, June 19-21, at the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal.

♥ Dr. Connie Amundson, one of our HEARTS Directors, is laying the foundation for a devised, participatory piece based on Völuspá (The Prophecy of the Seeress).  Participants will explore the layers of the Norse god Odin’s toxic masculinity.  The Seeress challenges Odin by asking, “Do you want to know more, or what?”  This re-framing of the Ragnarök myth from Nordic mythology will form a part of Dr. Amundson’s dissertation as a doctoral student in Scandinavian Studies, with an emphasis on Health Humanities at the University of Washington.