Participate in our Research Study!


Dr. Jennifer Roberts-Smith, Research Project Director
Department of Communication Arts
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W, Waterloo ON N2L 3G1

Matt White, Artistic Director
Green Light Arts
44 Gaukel St.
Kitchener ON N2G 4P3

“Theatre for Relationality” Research Project

About your survey answers and our research...

To help you decide whether you would like to participate in our research project, this letter explains what the “Theatre for Relationality” research study is about, the possible risks and benefits of participating, and your rights as a research participant. If you do not understand something in this letter, please contact Dr. Jennifer Roberts-Smith at, before agreeing to participate in the research. Please print a copy of this letter for your records.


What is the study about?

“Theatre for Relationality” is a partnership between Green Light Arts (GLA) and the qcollaborative, a design research lab team based at the University of Waterloo.

We are currently developing and evaluating how theatrical  audience engagement events can inspire positive social change. In this project, we are studying GLA’s FUEL series of audience engagement events for Guarded Girls.

Part of our research is to evaluate how these events and activities influence not just what people think about an issue, but how they follow that thought with action. In short, we want to hear from you!

How can I help?

To participate in our research study, you must be at least 16 years of age, and have attended at least one performance of Guarded Girls or one Guarded Girls FUEL event. Participation is completely voluntary.

You can complete this survey even if you do not want us to use your answers for research. GLA will just use your answers as part of their usual quality assurance process.

If you decide to participate in our research study, we will use your answers to this survey to help us understand audience engagement. In addition to the questions that GLA normally asks in its Audience Survey, this survey asks you to think back to the THNQ FUEL question you were asked on your way in to the Guarded Girls event you attended. We want to know whether you are thinking differently about that question now that the event has ended. The entire survey should take about 10 minutes.

If you agree that we can use your answers for our research, we will send you a short follow-up survey by email, in about two weeks. It will ask you to reflect on your THNQ FUEL question again.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes. We will use the answers that you and other participants give us to enhance future FUEL programming, and we will discuss the study findings in the professional theatre and academic communities. This means your reflections may be quoted in future conference presentations or articles.  However, your identity will remain confidential. We will remove your email address from your survey responses on June 12, before we begin reading your responses. Your name will not appear in any presentation or publication resulting from this study.

What if I change my mind?

You can answer as many or as few questions as you like. Just leave questions blank if you don’t want to answer them.

If you change your mind about participating part way through, just don’t submit your survey.  

If you change your mind after submitting, please write to Jennifer Roberts-Smith at We will be able to delete your survey responses before June 12. After June 12, we will remove your email address from your survey responses, so we won’t be able to tell which answers are yours any more. That means that after June 12, we cannot delete your survey responses.

We will store digital copies of the answers we collect from all our study participants for at least 7 years on a password-protected server at the University of Waterloo. All paper records will be destroyed.

What benefits and risks are involved?

This study may not benefit you directly. However you may have a more interesting and meaningful reflection on your theatre experience with GLA!

If you complete this online survey in Google Forms, there is some risk to your privacy, just as there is any time you connect to the Internet. When information is transmitted over the Internet, there is always a chance that your responses may be intercepted by a third party (such as government agencies, or hackers). However, our project researchers will not collect or use internet protocol (IP) addresses or other information which could link your responses to your computer or electronic device.

Who is sponsoring this study?

We are funded by a Partnership Engage Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions about this research study please contact:

Dr. Jennifer Roberts-Smith
Research Project Director, Theatre for Relationality

This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee (ORE#40999). If you have questions for the Committee contact the Office of Research Ethics, at 1-519-888-4567 ext. 36005 or