Pocketfool are active researchers into performance for children and have published papers online and in Lowdown Youth Arts Magazine, The Conversation, and The Australian Journal of Early Childhood Education. In 2013 they presented at the” Pecha Kucha Creative Connections in the Early years”. Tasmanian Early Years Foundation conference.

Jennifer’s PhD research explored how actor practice is shaped by creating theatre with and for children. You can read it here. A journal article of the research is published by Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance: Understanding the artistry of actors who create theatre with and for children

Pocketfool were founding members of the ArtPlay Artist Forum. In 2012 Heidi was invited to contribute to the Artist Learning Exchange Series. Read her published artist essay “Playful”.

From 2008-2010 Pocketfool was involved in Mapping Engagement, Learning and Cultural Citizenship at ArtPlay. Led by the University of Melbourne, with support from the City of Melbourne and the Australia Council, this four year Australian Research Council project (2006-2010) set out to map a diverse range of ArtPlay workshops and interpret how these are experienced by children, families, artists, teachers and arts workers.Researchers documented several of our workshops through observations, surveys and parent/carers interviews leading to a greater awareness of participant responses to our workshops, and a more detailed critical awareness of our goals, processes and outcomes.

Read the research: Behind the Bright Orange Door –

Pocketfool were also contributing artists on the Backyard Program, part of “The ACCESS Program”, an Australia Council research project at ArtPlay and Melbourne University. Jennifer was a research assistant on the project.

Read the research:

Jennifer was a research assistant on the City of Melbourne/ArtPlay/University of Melbourne research project, “Constructing a vision for family engagement in City of Melbourne public events and programs”. She is now completing a MPhil (Masters by research) about how creating theatre with and for children influences actors’ creative practice.


2020 Understanding the artistry of actors who create theatre with and for children

2020 Narrative inquiry, pedagogical tact and the gallery educator. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 21(4)

2016 Mental health woes are rife in the arts – no wonder. The Conversation.

2015 Not so Fringe: Interactive children’s theatre takes centre stage. The Conversation.

2015 The fun and funding fears for children’s theatre in Australia. The Conversation.

2010 Exploring engagement at ArtPlay: What factors influence the engagement of children and families in an artist-led community-based workshop?  Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 34(3), 124-133.

2010 Our “Wishhh”: Theatre with, for and by young children – Lowdown

2008 A View From the Last Frontier – Lowdown Vol 30 no. 3