Christine Balt is a third-year doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Pedagogy in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She holds a Master of Arts in Dramatic Arts from Rhodes University in South Africa, her country of birth, in which she examined intersections of site, ritual and embodiment in post-Apartheid theatre and performance. Christine has worked as a performer, applied theatre facilitator and practitioner, and high school drama school teacher.
She has taught in classrooms across South Africa, Japan, South Korea and China before settling in Toronto, where she graduated from the Master of Teaching program at OISE. Her current doctoral research uses drama as a research method to explore the attitudes, feelings and experiences of young people in the midst of urban change, development and gentrification in the city of Toronto. Using site-specific and place-based performance as pedagogical and methodological tools, this project aims to examine how young people find and make ‘place’ in destabilizing urban environments.
Balt, C. (2020). Hearing Athens Differently: Desire and Affect in the Methodology of Digital Video Analysis. In Gallagher, K., Rodricks, D. J., Jacobson, K. (Eds.), Global Youth Citizenry and Radical Hope: Enacting Community-Engaged Research through Performative Methodologies, (pp.155-174). Singapore: Springer Nature