Drama Therapy Programs Within Charter Schools
Over the past five years, Alexis had the opportunity to facilitate the Drama Therapy program for students at Orange County School of the Arts. The intent of the class was to introduce students to the basic theories and practices of Drama Therapy, focusing on how these techniques can enhance the student’s personal experience within the performance realm.
While in the class, students often shared their gratitude for having an outlet in which to download their concerns and simultaneously build a feeling of universality with their peers. Since Drama Therapy gives students tools to combat stress, anxiety and the feeling of being overwhelmed, students often report feeling more self-confident and prepared to enter into the uncertain world beyond high school.
Along with being learning to tap into their personal stories, students learn:
Basic concepts of Drama Therapy
Drama Therapy warm-ups that can be used as performance warm-ups
How to apply the concepts and theories of Drama Therapy to enhance their own journey as an artist.
How to become aware of the importance of tapping into their own psyche to support and enhance their own careers.
Through the primary approach of role method and theory, and both an experiential and dialectic experience, students have learned the major concepts behind Drama Therapy, and how to apply it to their own artistic process.