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.

“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”
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 her academic and professional experience.

Dr. Russya Connor has a diverse artistic background. Throughout her years of arts practice, Russya has achieved status as an award-winning performance artist, an experienced theater-maker and is also a qualified movement educator. Interested in the healing potential of arts, she completed her Masters of Arts in Drama Therapy at Edith Cowan University, Perth in 2006. With a background in physical theatre, dance and movement, Russya was always interested in the neuroscientific connection between the body and the self, particularly in relation to creativity and resilience. Her doctoral research at WAAPA (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts) has allowed Russya to explore how emotions and perceptions can affect our physical and cognitive abilities.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Russya Connor has also acquired extensive lecturing and facilitation experience, as well as conducting professional development, implementing leadership programs and executive coaching. Russya has gained over 20 years of experience working with corporate, academic, government and not-for-profit organisations


Dr. Russya Connor works as a sessional lecturer at Edith Cowan University,  Murdoch University and University of Melbourne, has presented workshops and papers at state, national and international conferences. She specialises in critical elements of authentic engagement, how to make behavioural shifts happen,  participative and transformative tools for community development, effective practice, and  expressive therapies. 

Dr. Russya Connor continues to work collaboratively with organisations to design and deliver interventions tailored to the specific needs of different population groups, with a particular foucs on creativity, resilience and spontaneity. She achieves positive results by utilising her knowledge of creativity and payfulness, with a particular focus on self-expression, engagement and empowerment.

She is passionate about human development, self mastery, experiential learning and creative approaches to solving organisational and life issues. 

Don’t act like a leader, be one