Wenche Torrissen is associate professor of drama and theatre at Volda University College and the Norwegian Resource Centre for Arts and Health. Torrissen has a Ph.D. from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her main research interests are applied theatre and theatre history. She is particularly interested in the ways in which the arts can (and have) supported social change both historically and in contemporary contexts. Currently she is working on research projects that documents and investigates theatre in health practices in Scandinavia.