Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Peter, the Pirate, and Me: A Drama Therapeutic Revelation of the Actor Within
by Perrin, David Benjamin, M.A., New York University, 2011, 70; 1549232
Abstract (Summary)

Lost roles are an important part of the equation for any healthy individual. Often drama therapists focus on role expansion as well as flexibility and spontaneity within the role repertoire. However investigating lost roles and the implications of lost roles paves the way for therapeutic progress and discovery. In this manner cycles of loss and gain work in tandem to produce wholeness. In seeking such wholeness as a drama therapist my quest led me back into one of the traumatic losses of my youth: losing the supporting lead of Captain Hook in my first-grade school play. Exploring how and why I was denied this part in the school play led me further into facets of my personality that predominated as a youngster, as well as the suppressed characteristics that resulted from Hook being taken away. Engaging the arts-based methodology of self-revelatory performance I experience this loss from the inside - inside the roles, characters, and interactions of my youth through adulthood. Along the way I discover that in fact I am in search of the role I was most ashamed to lose: the Actor. Reclaiming and coming to terms with the Actor proves a crucial step on my journey to becoming a drama therapist. Working in the field of drama therapy - where performance may be used either for ego confirmation or self-discovery - we learn the responsibility of the drama therapist to clarify his intentions when engaging his inner Actor.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Landy, Robert J.
Commitee: Mowers, David
School: New York University
Department: Music and Performing Arts - Drama Therapy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Captain hook, Creative arts therapy, Drama therapy, Peter pan, Role theory, Therapeutic theatre
Publication Number: 1549232
ISBN: 978-1-303-60916-9
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