The Memory Ensemble: improvising connections among performance, disability, and ageing

Christine Mary Dunford*, Hailee M. Yoshizaki-Gibbons, Darby Morhardt

*Corresponding author for this work

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There is a recognised need for research that illuminates mutually beneficial connections among performance, ageing, disability theory, and praxis. One such project is the Memory Ensemble™, an improvisational theatre intervention for persons with early stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). This case study explores how the programme productively disrupts and expands notions of all three: performance, disability, and ageing. The mission of the Memory Ensemble is to improve the quality of life for persons living with ADRD through the intervention of improvisational performance; to investigate the benefits of this non-pharmacological intervention; and to translate these benefits to other communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-426
Number of pages7
JournalResearch in Drama Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017


  • Ageing
  • disability
  • performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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