Hartley teaches in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program and Arts & Science program at McMaster University, where he facilitates theatre and arts-based courses. When not on the McMaster campus, Hartley works as a freelance Applied Drama and Improv practitioner, communication coach at the University of Toronto’s Postgraduate Medical Education program and as an Arts Educator at Baycrest Health Sciences.
Hartley holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Acadia University and an MA in Applied Drama from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK). His teaching and research focuses on Applied Drama; Theatre of the Oppressed; research-based theatre; and the use of drama in professional health sciences training and environments. For over a decade, he has been integrating drama, improv, and play specifically within medicine and health sciences education. He has been honoured to receive four McMaster Students Union “Excellence in Teaching” awards for his work in the Faculty of Health Sciences (2012, 2015, 2018) and Arts and Sciences (2017) programs. He is also a clown nose enthusiast.