About Dr Kelly Freebody

Kelly's research interests draw on methodological innovation and theory development in the area of applied drama for social justice - focusing on intersections between drama, social justice, education, and qualitative research methods.

Kelly is a qualified secondary drama and English teacher, with experience teaching in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Kelly coordinates core pedagogy units in The Combined Degrees in education, with a focus on creative and critical pedagogy, school-community relationships, and pedagogies of hope.

Research interests
Research on teaching and learning

  • Creative and performing arts
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Social structures, inequalities and social justice
  • Social change
Keywords: social justice, drama, ethnomethodology, socio-economic status, creativity, critical pedagogy


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Selected publications

  • Freebody, K., O'Grady, A. (2019). Drama pedagogy in the teaching of history. In T. Allender, A. Clark & R. Parkes (Eds.), Historical thinking for history teachers: A new approach to engaging students and developing historical consciousness, (pp. 208-220). Sydney: Allen and Unwin.
  • Freebody, K., Balfour, M., Finneran, M., Anderson, M. (2018). Applied theatre: Understanding change. Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K., Goodwin, S. (2018). Critical perspectives on applied theatre for social change: Defamilarising key words in the field. In K. Freebody, M. Balfour, M. Finneran, M. Anderson (Eds.), Applied theatre: Understanding change, (pp. 63-75). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Balfour, M., Freebody, K. (2018). Theories of change: Cultural value and applied theatre. In K. Freebody, M. Balfour, M. Finneran, M. Anderson (Eds.), Applied theatre: Understanding change, (pp. 19-31). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K. (2018). Values, intentions, success and impact in applied theatre documents. In K. Freebody, M. Balfour, M. Finneran, M. Anderson (Eds.), Applied theatre: Understanding change, (pp. 45-61). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Freebody, K., Finneran, M., Balfour, M., Anderson, M. (2018). What is applied theatre good for? Exploring the notions of success, intent and impact. In K. Freebody, M. Balfour, M. Finneran, M. Anderson (Eds.), Applied theatre: Understanding change, (pp. 1-17). Cham: Springer. [More Information]