Hi, I am Dr Russya Connor, they call me the Creative Philosopher. I can’t help myself but I like to think and I like to play. I look at all life’s challenges and key issues of our times through a creative lense and respond to them in imaginative, critical and authentic ways.
In my work I love to support people who want to make a positive impact in the world. I believe in creating experiences that make people Think, Feel and Behave in a way that expands their potential. I can help individuals and organisations to become a theatre of opportunities and a stage for high performance. I am committed to creativity and co-creation as a way of living, rather than only improving a work skill or profession.
My methods are based on thorough research and my own experiences as scholar, performer, therapist and coach. I have combined contemporary leadership practices, and drama therapy with the latest research in neuroscience, and organisational creativity.
In working with me, you’ll be accessing my knowledge, creativity and expertise, as well as empathy with your professional and personal development.

Dr. Russya Connor AThR, BA. MA (Drama Therapy) PhD (Performing Arts)
Dr. Russya Connor works as a speaker, trainer, lecturer, Therapist and theatre artist. She helps executives and their teams develop creativity, innovation, and leadership capabilities. She applies a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and development by leveraging arts-based practices to foster creativity at work, and design thinking as a strategy for innovation. Her work as speaker and trainer is enriched by the range and depth of my academic and professional experience. Russya has a diverse background as an award-winning international performer and theatre-maker with a Ph.D. in Contemporary Performance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she lectured in contemporary performance and creative arts therapy. She became interested in the transformative potential of the arts and completed her Master of Arts in Drama Therapy in 2006.

She has extensive lecturing and facilitation experience, as well as conducting professional development, implementing leadership programs and executive coaching and has worked with corporate, academic, government and not-for-profit organisations for over 15 years.

Russya works as a sessional lecturer at Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University and is an accredited creative arts therapist with extensive experience with a diverse range of communities and sectors (Mental health, Prisons, Indigenous communities). She has trained local trainers and community workers in participative and transformative tools for community development, effective practice, creative and expressive therapies. She has also presented workshops and papers at state, national and international conferences

She is passionate about human development, experiential learning and creative approaches to solving life issues. Her doctoral research at WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) explored how emotions and perceptions can affect our physical and cognitive abilities. She continues to maintain a balance between her work as an artist and coach, and her varied career path informs her practice.  Her current creative work blends visual arts, performance art, physical theatre and story-telling.

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