Tim Prentki en Salvo Pitruzzella

Art discipline: Academic Researcher
Participated in ICAF in: MINI-2021

Professor Tim Prentki (Winchester, UK) Tim is well known as an applied performance and cofounder of the theatre and development programme at Winchester University, subjects about which he has published many books. He approaches applied art from multiple perspectives (politics, education) with a strong foundation in the humanities. He is well aware that over the past few decades social scientists have been trying to capture the value or social impact of community art with surveys and statistics. While some of this work has led to useful insights, Tim believes that recent research in neuroscience and neuropsychology may be more promising. It points to the importance of empathy for building kinder less divided societies and suggests that face-to-face participatory artistic processes can actually help to increase it.  



Salvo Pitruzzella (Palermo, Italy).Salvo is Professor of Arts Education at the Fine Arts Academy ofPalermo and a pioneer of dramatherapy in Italy with over twenty-five years of experience working in mental health, education, and social care. He is dramatherapy course leader at the Centro ArtiTerapie, Lecco. He has widely published on dramatherapy, educational theatre, and creativity theories. His latest book is Drama, Creativity and Intersubjectivity: Roots of Change in Dramatherapy (London: Routledge, 2016). He argues: “it is essential to consider the social dimension of therapy: the problems are not just on people’s psyche (or in their soul, or in their brain), but in the relationships they have with the world. And we, as therapists, are part of this world.” According to Pitruzzella, science points to compassion and creativity as two crucial factors that make us human. “Empathy is rooted in our mirror system,” he claims, “but it takes an imaginative effort to actually turn it into compassion”.