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 2019:

  • Bokprosjekt: Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond. Editor: Christina Kapadocha. Chapter 5: Fitzmaurice Voicework® - autoethnography and transformative practice. Publiseres på Routledge: Taylor & Francis 2020. Kunstbasert forskningsprosjekt under ARTEC - Voices Mixed.   
  • 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, 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

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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. (2004) Brecht og det episke teater. Politisk teater - gensyn og genopdagelse?.