The Role of Theatre Arts in Healthcare

The Michael G. DeGroote Health Leadership Academy is proud to host Hartley Jafine as he discusses the use of theatre arts in healthcare. Healthcare professionals must understand the patient’s perspective and not dismiss them as simply another case. Through theatre and play, we can humanize healthcare education and its processes in order to improve treatment and recovery. Developing life skills in theatre arts can lead to better health leaders.

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When:Thursday September 13 2018

12:00 – 1:30 PM


McMaster University

1200 Main St W, MDCL 2232

Hamilton, ON L8N3Z5

Videoconferencing Option is Available *Please indicate interest during Registration


Adult $10, Parking Included, Transferrable

Students Free

Flex Packages are available


Learn more about our speaker Mr. Hartley Jafine

Hartley Jafine is an instructor in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program and Arts & Science program at McMaster University, where he facilitates theatre and arts based courses. He is also a lecturer (part-time) with the Department of Family Medicine. When not in Hamilton, Hartley works as a communication coach with UofT’s Postgraduate Medical Education and an arts educator at Baycrest Health Sciences. His teaching and research focuses on applied drama, improv, and arts-based research specifically within health sciences education. With the support a UofT Medical Humanities Education grant, he is currently teaching medical improv in hospitals across Toronto.

Hartley holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Acadia University and an MA in Applied Drama from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK). He has facilitated theatre workshops and productions both nationally and internationally — in Ontario, Nova Scotia, the United States, England, Bulgaria and Kosovo. In 2011-2012 and 2014-15, Hartley was honoured to receive the MSU Teaching Award in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He is also a clown nose enthusiast.


Health Leadership Academy

With the generous funding of Michael G. DeGroote, the Faculties of Business and Health Sciences have come together to present the Health Leadership Academy (HLA). This Academy aligns closely with the mission, vision and values of its two founding Faculties, and will be specifically aimed at producing the best health leaders of tomorrow. To make a transformative impact on all levels of the health system the HLA will develop current and future health leaders with the capacity to identify, support and operationalize new ways of “thinking” and “doing” within a rapidly evolving health environment. The HLA’s goal is to be recognized as Canada’s preeminent Academy for health leadership and innovation with a reputation for creating and disseminating original work that intersects the areas of action-oriented learning, research and community engagement.

Our Collaboratorium Talks are intended to introduce new ways of thinking, projects and pedagogy in health leadership and innovation within the McMaster community and surrounding area.