Acting Out Research Project Featured in Degrees Magazine

The Acting Out! But In A Good Way research project was recently featured in Degrees Magazine.

Degrees Magazine coverThe article showcased IPHRC research associates and assistants involved with the research project. Erin Goodpipe was a Grade 9 student at the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation School when she first participated in a week of workshops provided by the Acting Out team. Now, she is an undergraduate student at the University of Regina and a member of the IPHRC team as a research assistant working on the Acting Out research project.

As a Grade 9 student participating in the workshops, she learned how to come out of her comfort zone through the theatre exercises.

“I was put on the spot and I couldn’t do it. I realized that leadership isn’t exactly what I thought it was. Ever since then, my whole perception of facilitation and being a leader has changed because of that one exercise,” says Goodpipe in the article.

Since Goodpipe’s experience as a student in the workshops, the project has grown. The Acting Out team now includes over 3 research associates, 3 research assistants,

The workshops were facilitated by Dr. Warren Linds (Concordia University), Dr. Linda Goulet (FNUniv), Dustin Brass, David Benjoe and Tony Gee who is a puppeteer from England.

Describe the workshops

The different activities that are introduced to the youth vary from theatre games and other forms of art to improve the well-being of the youth.

“We are showing them different mediums of expression, talking to them and teaching them to convey story through those art pieces. Through those art pieces and through story, we find that we are looking at how we can reduce the risk of suicide by promoting that well-being,” says Community Research Associate Dustin Brass.

The full story can be viewed at the Degrees Magazine – Spring-Summer 2015.


For more information, please contact: 

Jeanelle Mandes
IPHRC Research Assistant – KT & Communications
(306) 337-2437