Background and activities

I am Associate Professor of drama and theatre studies at the Department of Arts and Media Studies with a previous career as stage director, dramaturg and drama teacher. I am a theatre scholar and a trained  dramatherapist MA and Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice voicework. I like to teach and conduct research through a combination of arts' practice and theory. How do we stage ourselves? What kind of powers are at stake? How do we facilitate and organize arts processes that create new meaning, good health and have sociatal relevance?

Main research projects 2020:

  • Emerging forms of digital theatre during the corona pandemic in Norway
  • Building Democracy through Theatre: performance as research article, The Hospital Scene, about a workshop on the conference Perform, Play, Learn, Grow 2019.
  • Bokprosjekt: Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond. Editor: Christina Kapadocha. Chapter 5: In Front of Me. Publiseres på Routledge: Taylor & Francis 2020.  Kunstnerisk forskningsprosjekt under ARTEC - Voices Mixed.   
  • The drama space and mental health: Collaboration with Skoleprogrammet VIP, Investigating high school theatre arts programmes focussing on life skills and young people's mental health. 
  • Arts and Health: Applied theatre with persons outside main stream working force: research project with Ville Veier, Stavanger, social entrepreneurship that uses artsbased methods with intention of inclusion, growth and new learning.

Research groups:

Arts-based Research, arts-based/artistic research design in drama and theatre 

NTNU ARTEC, cross facultary Arts and Technology Task Force 


Writers' Guild of Norway

The British Association of Dramatherapists

The European Federation of Dramatherapy

The Fitzmaurice Institute





Scientific, academic and artistic work

Displaying a selection of activities. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2018) Sceneteksten som aktiv partner. Teaterproduksjon - Ti produksjonsestetiske innganger.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2017) Anvendt teater som performativ ytring. Drama, teater og demokrati : Antologi II : I kultur og samfunn.
  • 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. (2020) Den helsefremmende kunsten.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2019) Where is my voice?. Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond . East 15 Acting School, University of Essex; Loughton Campus, Hatfields IG103RY. 2019-07-19 - 2019-07-20.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Aadnesen, Tori. (2019) Fra utenforskap til mestring. Ville Veier som modell for sosialt arbeid med kunstnerisk profil i dagens velferds-Norge. Kunst som motkraft? Nettverkssamling Drama & Teater i høyere utdanning . Dramaavdelingen Universitetet i Stavanger; Stavanger. 2019-11-12 - 2019-11-12.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Aadnesen, Tori. (2019) Teater som arena for livsmestring. Hvordan kan deltakelse i kunstnerisk virksomhet og det å uttrykke seg kreativt bidra til bedre psykisk helse og livsmestring?. Livskvalitet og psykisk helse. Nye perspektiver på folkehelse? . Folkehelsekonferansen 2019; Oslo. 2019-10-15 - 2019-10-15.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2019) Closing Workshop. Psychological Trauma and Resilience 'When the words are not enough' 'Planting the Alder' . The British Association of Dramatherapists; The University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chestershire CH1 4. 2019-09-06 - 2019-09-08.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2019) Inch by Inch, Row by Row, Gonna Make This Garden Grow. Psychological Trauma and Resilience 'When the words are not enough' 'Planting the Alder' . The British Association of Dramatherapists; The University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chestershire CH1 4. 2019-09-06 - 2019-09-08.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2019) Unpacking unheard voices through participatory drama. Play Perform Learn Grow: Bridging Communities, Practices and the World . Play Perform Learn Grow; Anatolia College, Thessaloniki. 2019-10-06 - 2019-10-06.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2018) Building resilience through performance making. Nordic Arts & Health Research Conference . Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences; 2018-11-07 - 2018-11-07.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2018) Esse Es Percipi - To Be is To Be Perceived. Identity: Moving, Progressing and Coming Back to Self . The British Association of Dramatherapists; University of Chester, Cheshire CH1 4BJ. 2018-09-07 - 2018-09-09.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2018) IN FRONT OF ME (research performance). 5th Freedom and Focus International Conference of Fitzmaurice Voicework - listening beyond borders . The Fitzmaurice Institute by Cathryn Robson; Rosebruford College, Sidcup. 2018-07-20 - 2018-07-24.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2018) Når teater gjør en forskjell. Teatervitenskap - historiografi, teori og praksis . Teatervitenskapelig dugnad; Universitetet i Bergen. 2018-05-25 - 2018-05-27.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2018) Voices of my Self. Internationale Sommerakademie 2018 Theater & Therapie . Deutsche Gesellschaft für Theatertherapie; Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung, Remscheid. 2018-06-06 - 2018-06-10.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Aadnesen, Tori; Larsen, Line. (2018) Teater som arena for vekst og endring hos unge voksne utenfor utdanning og arbeid. Helsefremmende drama og teater . NTNU; Kunnskapssenteret, St. Olavs hospital, Trondheim. 2018-10-25 - 2018-10-25.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Mansilla, Wendy Ann. (2018) Presentation of Performance as Research project IN FRONT OF ME. ARTEC meeting . NTNU ARTEC Art and Technology Task Force by Andrew Perkis; NTNU Trondheim Gløshaugen. 2018-12-05 - 2018-12-05.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Steigum, Jorid Bakken; Knudsen, Marianne Nødtvedt; Øien, Camilla Cecilie. (2018) Dramafaget og psykisk helse. Dramafaget og psykisk helse . Skoleprogrammet VIP, DP Trøndelag og NTNU/IKM; NTNU Dragvoll Campus. 2018-09-14 - 2018-09-14.