Background and activities

I am Associate Professor in 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 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 2018:

  • Book project: Theatre Production, chapter on ensemble-led theatre production based on script.
  • Book project: Somatic practices and contemporary voice studies, chapter on Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Artsbased research project under ARTEC is included as autoetnographic study and performance.
  • Dramatherapy 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, communal focus on performative and arts-based 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


  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2018) Group interactive art therapy: its use in training and treatment, second edition. Review. Dramatherapy. vol. 1 (2).
  • 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) Teaching Empathy with Brecht as Prompter. American International Journal of Social Studies. vol. 7 (2).
  • 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. (2018) Mot til å skape - seg selv: kreative metoder i arbeidsrettet tiltak for unge voksne. RUS OG PSYKISK HELSE - 2018 . Faglig Forum; Oslo kongressenter. 2018-02-06 - 2018-02-06.


  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2017) Anvendt teater som performativ ytring. Drama, teater og demokrati : Antologi II : I kultur og samfunn.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2017) Bevegelse og drama som metode for å styrke selvverd og mestring hos ungdom. Dans, bevegelse og helse, gjestelærer EVU-kurs NTNU Videre . Institutt for musikk, Dansevitenskap v/Anne Fiskvik; Dragvoll campus NTNU Trondheim. 2017-04-23 - 2017-04-23.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2017) Dramaterapi og sosialt entreprenørskap. Hum-Sam dialogmøte med Forskningsrådet . NTNU v/Thor Bjørn Arlov; Dragvoll campus. 2017-03-29 - 2017-03-29.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2017) Towards a new 'we': Applied theatre as integration. Applied Theatre Research. vol. 5 (3).
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Haagensen, Cecilie; Søhol, Christina. (2017) Å bygge publikumsbroer. DRAMA : Nordisk dramapedagogisk tidsskrift.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Hol Mjanger, Ruth. (2017) Alene backstage - refleksjoner fra bakrommet Paper Performance. Demokrati på spill . Drama, Teater og Demokrati - nasjonalt forskningsprosjekt; Litteraturhuset, Oslo. 2017-06-12 - 2017-06-13.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2017) Staging myself - voices from within and witout. Setting the Stage - 3rd EFD conference . European Federation of Dramatherapy; Artevelde University College, Ghent. 2017-04-06 - 2017-04-09.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2017) Voices Unchained. Giving Voice - Listening to what matters: Spotlight on Dramatherapists in a contemporary context . The British Association of Dramatherapists, Badth; The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. 2017-09-10 - 2017-09-10.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2017) Voices from the Wilderness - Echoes from Nature. Giving Voice - Listening to what matters: Spotlight on Dramatherapists in a contemporary context . The British Association of Dramatherapists, Badth; The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. 2017-09-09 - 2017-09-09.


  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Koushha, Rafik. (2016) Når scenen blir møteplass. Adresseavisen.
  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn; Wright, David Keir. (2016) Voices from within and without - Echoes from nature. Opening the Curtains - Dramatherapy in Europe [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . European Federation of Dramatherapy; University of Bucharest. 2016-05-06 - 2016-05-07.


  • 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) Listen Carefully. Dramatherapy.
  • 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.



  • 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. (2012) Dramatherapy with homeless clients: the necessary theatre. Dramatherapy. vol. 34 (3).


  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2011) Es war einmal - Ich war nicht allein. Theater mit mir?! : "der geschützte Raum" : eine Konferenzdokumentation.



  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2009) The Quest for the Heart-Shaped Diamonds: Dilemmas Arising from Teaching Drama as Therapy. Dramatherapy. vol. 30 (3).


  • Bruun, Ellen Foyn. (2004) Brecht og det episke teater. Politisk teater - gensyn og genopdagelse?.