In Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (2011), Johnny Saldaña establishes ethnotheatre as a research method and art form in qualitative inquiry. Envisioned as an ethnotheatre book, various aspects of arts-based inquiry are intertwined in the six chapters, including ethical issues, artistic performance, adaptations of empirical materials in theatrical plays, monologue and dialogue construction, scriptwriting, theatrical design, production rights, copyright registration, and aesthetic language. Drawing on theatre-based studies, each chapter is grounded in literature and provides step-by-step guidelines to how traditional research and data can be reinterpreted, staged, performed, produced, and disseminated as theatrical play. Both the structure of the book as well as the variety of activities and recommended readings make this book suitable for both teaching and research.


Ethnotheatre, Ethnodrama, Qualitative Research Methods, Arts-Based Research

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Andrea Lypka is a PhD Candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology (SLA/IT) program at the University of South Florida (USF). Her research interests include motivation, learner identity and agency, and digital storytelling. Correspondence regarding this book review can be addressed directly to: Andrea Lypka at, alypka@mail.usf.edu.

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