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  • Ben Rivers

    Ben Rivers specializes in the use of applied theatre for community mobilization, cultural activism and psychosocial health promotion. Over the past 14 years he has worked extensively with individuals, families and communities impacted by structural oppression, political violence and collective trauma. Ben has taught and practiced in Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and North America. Over the past 2 years, Ben has worked at The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp where he founded the Freedom Bus initiative - a Playback Theatre project engaging thousands of Palestinians and people from abroad in cultural actions that promote civil rights and equality. Ben is a Registered Drama Therapist and Accredited Playback Theatre Trainer. He holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, USA. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of New England, Australia.

    Published Articles

    Rivers, B. (2010). Sociodrama for conflict transformation. In The British Journal of Psychodrama and Sociodrama, 25 (1), 54-76.
    Rivers, B. (2013a). Playback Theatre as a response to the impact of political violence in occupied Palestine. Applied Theatre Research, 1.2, pp. 157-176.
    Rivers, B. (2013b, in press). The Freedom Bus and Playback Theatre: Beyond Neo-colonial Approaches to Trauma Response in Occupied Palestine. Journal of Practical Psychology. No. 6.
    Rivers, B. (2013c, in press). Playback Theatre, Cultural Resistance and the Limits of Trauma Discourse. Interplay Journal.