Ellen Foyn Bruun

Associate Professor Department of Art and Media Studies

+47 73591831 +47 46909646
Bygg 7, Dragvoll

Background and activities

Multilayered stories and encounters are focus in my practice whether I work in educational, therapeutic or artistic contexts. I am a practitioner-researcher interested in the performative human body as creative agent in and as part of the world. My NTNU world includes inovative cross-disciplinary practice across the humanities, arts and technology such as The Digital Storytelling project and recently through The Art & Technology Task Force. At The Department of Art and Media Studies I co-ordinate the research group Arts-based Rearch. My teaching and supervision at bachelor and master’s levels encompasses theatre production, dramaturgy, educational and therapeutic drama and theatre applied in multiple societal contexts. 

I am interested in how drama and performance practice relates to well-being and healthy psycho-physical self-regulation. I have joined the strategic research area NTNU Health (2014-2023). One of my research interests is the integration of voice work in drama practice. I am an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and active in several international networks for health-promoting arts practice, The British Association of DramatherapistsThe European Federation of Dramatherapists and European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education. In the national research project Drama - Theatre - Democracy (2014-2017) I focus on Norwegian theatre politics and audience participation. In collaboration with Danish UCC Zealand and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Heli Aaltonen and I conduct a Nordplus funded project, Qualified Empathy and Aesthetic Learning (2015-2017). 



Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

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  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2013) Drama, Heart and Soul: Understanding the Relationship between the Unique Inner Voice, Heart Intelligence and the Intelligence of Feeling. Arts Therapies and the Intelligence of Feeling.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2011) Es war einmal - Ich war nicht allein. Theater mit mir?! : "der geschützte Raum" : eine Konferenzdokumentation.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2004) Brecht og det episke teater. Politisk teater - gensyn og genopdagelse?.


  • Aune, Vigdis; Rasmussen, Bjørn K.; Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2015) Prosjektsamling Drama, Teater og Demokrati. Prosjektsamling drama/teater & demokrati . Kunstbasert forskningsgruppe, IKM, NTNU; Trondheim. 2015-10-15 - 2015-10-16.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2015) Freeing your Voice. Voicework in Dramatherapy FREEING YOUR VOICE WORKSHOPS . Roehampton University, Department of Psychology; London. 2015-03-06.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2015) Intermediality in MA Performance. Visions and Opportunities for Art & Technology at the new NTNU . NTNU Art & Technology Task Force; EL-4 Elektroblokka Gløshaugen. 2015-12-10 - 2015-12-10.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2015) Ressursorientert drama i helsefremmende arbeid. Helse, velferd og teknologi (HEVET) ved HF: Fagmiljø, forskningsprosjekt og nettverk . NTNU, HF; Dokkhuset, Trondheim. 2015-02-12 - 2015-02-12.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2015) Exploration of Voices from Within and Without. Drama Boreale 2015 - Explore - Express - Exchange . Danish Drama Teaters' Association with Nordic organizations; Silkeborg. 2015-08-04 - 2015-08-04.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2015) Open the Curtains! Let's Improvise!. Cultural Landscapes in Arts Therapies - 13th European Arts Therapies Conference . ECArTE: European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education; Palermo, Sicily. 2015-09-19 - 2015-09-19.
  • Myklebust, Mona; Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2015) EKKO. NRK P2 [Radio]. 2015-03-09.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2014) Kunstbasert forskning og narrativ veildningspraksis. Med skuespilleren som medforsker . Kunstbasert forskergruppe IKM; NTNU Dragvoll. 2014-05-12 - 2014-05-12.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2014) Listen carefully. Boundaries, Borders, Loyalty & Betrayal: Interpersonal, Intercultural & Interdisciplinary approaches in Dramatherapy . The British Association of Dramatherapists; University of Surrey, Guildford. 2014-09-15 - 2014-09-15.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2014) The Selkie Bride - Dramatherapy workshop. Sounds from the Deep - Nordic Seminar in the Creative Arts Therapies [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . The Norwegian Art Therapy Association; Sandefjord. 2014-06-15 - 2014-06-18.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Bergsland, Andreas. (2014) The Humanities: contribution and potential in digital encounters/Performativity Group. Digital Storytelling Seminar . NTNU og NxtMedia; Rådsrommet, Elektrobygget, Gløshaugen, Trondheim. 2014-01-31 - 2014-01-31.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Perkis, Andrew. (2014) The Digital Storytelling Tools and Experiences Project. Seminar on Digital Storytelling . NTNU og NxtMedia; Rådsrommet, Elektrobygget, Gløshaugen, Trondheim. 2014-01-31 - 2014-01-31.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2014) VOICES FROM NO MAN'S LAND. Boudaries, Borders, Loyalty & Betrayal. Interpersonal, Intercultural & Interdisciplinary approaches in Dramatherapy . The British Association of Dramatherapists; University of Surrey, Guildford. 2014-09-13 - 2014-09-14.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Kuester, Marion; Wright, David Keir; Hillinger, Dorothea; Clausen, Martin. (2013) Staging Myself - lecture-performance. from one world to another: arts education for tomorrow [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . IDEA International drama/theater and education association; Paris. 2013-08-08 - 2013-08-13.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2013) Silent O Moyle be the Roar of thy Water: Exploring Hope in our Time. Renewal, Restoration & Revenge: Working with Change in Dramatherapy . The British Association of Dramatherapists; Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. 2013-09-07 - 2013-09-09.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2012) Forskningsperspektiver på P:UNKT prosjektet, Akershus Teater. Krumkake og Khebab - konferanse om P:UNKT prosjektet, mangfold i norsk scenekunst . Akershus Teater; Lillestrøm kulturhus, Lillestrøm. 2012-11-19 - 2012-11-19.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2012) Transparency and the invisible network. The Autumn Camp, international theatre meeting for Theaterpädagogik/Applied Theatre . Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock; Rostock. 2012-10-18 - 2012-10-21.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2012) Nora's Men: A Dramatherapy Encounter with Henrik Ibsen's Play A Doll's House. Dramatherapy and Script - exploring texts [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . British Association of Dramatherapists; University of Hull Scarborough Campus. 2012-09-08 - 2012-09-10.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2011) Children's Healthy Self-Regulation Through Play, Drama and Theatre. Theatre as a Setting for Health Promotion among Children . Steno Health Promotion Center; Vallekilde Højskole, Hørve. 2011-12-01 - 2011-12-02.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2009) Dramatherapy in Education: Once upon a Time I was not alone. Theater? Mit Mir? Internationale Konferenz Drama in Education for Children and Adolescents as Risk, Rostock, Tyskland . Hochschule für Musik und Theater; Beim St.-Katharinenstift 8, 18055 Rostock, Tyskland. 2009-05-07 - 2009-05-10.