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Abigail Shabtay

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Department of Humanities

Assistant Professor

Email: ashabtay@yorku.ca


Dr. Abigail Shabtay is an Assistant Professor in the Children, Childhood, and Youth program in the Department of Humanities. She is also appointed to the graduate programs in Theatre and Performance Studies, Communication and Culture, Humanities, and Education. Dr. Shabtay has received awards for excellence in teaching and research in her field, including the Humanities Departmental Teaching Award (2020-2021), the York Student Accessibility Award (2020-2021), the Ada Slaight Drama in Education Award (2018-2019), the Jackie Kirk Fieldwork Award (2018-2019), and the DISE Outstanding Teaching Award (2018). Dr. Shabtay’s research focuses on children’s rights, child-centred reserach methodologies, theatre with children and youth, youth activism, social justice, digital performance, and drama-based participatory action research. She is currently the Principal Investigator for three SSHRC-funded projects related to children, youth, and the performing arts. She has served on organizing committees for six national academic conferences in her field and is the primary organizer and conference chair of the annual Children, Youth and Performance Conference in Toronto.

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Degrees

PhD, McGill University
MA, King's College London (UK)

Research Interests

Children , Youth, Youth Activism, Social Justice, Drama-Based Research, Children's Rights

Current Research Projects

COVID-19: Re-Conceptualizing Young People's Theatre's Collaborative Playwriting Program for Digitally Mediated Spaces (SSHRC-funded)

    Summary:

    The overarching goal of this project is to address a children's theatre's challenge of re-conceptualizing its collaborative playwriting for an online context, and gain an understanding children's perspectives, engagement and reception of the program.

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    Role: Principal Investigator

Children, Youth and Performance Conference III: Performative Praxis (SSHRC-funded)

    Summary:

    The goal of this initiative is to facilitate conversations about the applications and implications of performance work with, by, for and about children and youth. This project is an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge among researchers, practitioners, artists, and community organizers whose work focuses on performance and young people.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator

Creating Children's Theatre in a Digital World (SSHRC-funded)

    Summary:

    The overarching goal of this project is to address a touring theatre organization's challenge of developing live performances for children in an online setting during the pandemic.

    See more
    Role: Principal Investigator


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2021 AP/HUMA4145 6.0 A Fantasy and Children's Culture SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2021 AP/CCY3999 6.0 B Research Methods with Children REMT
Winter 2022 AP/HUMA4145 6.0 M Fantasy and Children's Culture SEMR


Dr. Abigail Shabtay is an Assistant Professor in the Children, Childhood, and Youth program in the Department of Humanities. She is also appointed to the graduate programs in Theatre and Performance Studies, Communication and Culture, Humanities, and Education. Dr. Shabtay has received awards for excellence in teaching and research in her field, including the Humanities Departmental Teaching Award (2020-2021), the York Student Accessibility Award (2020-2021), the Ada Slaight Drama in Education Award (2018-2019), the Jackie Kirk Fieldwork Award (2018-2019), and the DISE Outstanding Teaching Award (2018). Dr. Shabtay’s research focuses on children’s rights, child-centred reserach methodologies, theatre with children and youth, youth activism, social justice, digital performance, and drama-based participatory action research. She is currently the Principal Investigator for three SSHRC-funded projects related to children, youth, and the performing arts. She has served on organizing committees for six national academic conferences in her field and is the primary organizer and conference chair of the annual Children, Youth and Performance Conference in Toronto.

Degrees

PhD, McGill University
MA, King's College London (UK)

Research Interests

Children , Youth, Youth Activism, Social Justice, Drama-Based Research, Children's Rights

Current Research Projects

COVID-19: Re-Conceptualizing Young People's Theatre's Collaborative Playwriting Program for Digitally Mediated Spaces (SSHRC-funded)

    Summary:

    The overarching goal of this project is to address a children's theatre's challenge of re-conceptualizing its collaborative playwriting for an online context, and gain an understanding children's perspectives, engagement and reception of the program.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

Children, Youth and Performance Conference III: Performative Praxis (SSHRC-funded)

    Summary:

    The goal of this initiative is to facilitate conversations about the applications and implications of performance work with, by, for and about children and youth. This project is an interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge among researchers, practitioners, artists, and community organizers whose work focuses on performance and young people.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator

Creating Children's Theatre in a Digital World (SSHRC-funded)

    Summary:

    The overarching goal of this project is to address a touring theatre organization's challenge of developing live performances for children in an online setting during the pandemic.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal Investigator


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Summer 2021 AP/HUMA4145 6.0 A Fantasy and Children's Culture SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2021 AP/CCY3999 6.0 B Research Methods with Children REMT
Winter 2022 AP/HUMA4145 6.0 M Fantasy and Children's Culture SEMR