Drama Therapy In The News:
Describes how the Enact! organization, one of Alexis' clients in New York is helping students make better decisions in and out of the classroom.
Forensic patients at one of the state's mental hospitals benefit from a relatively new and highly acclaimed drama-therapy program in which they can "act out" their dreams, hopes and fears, while learning to cooperate and compromise. At the end of the day, they say, their work encourages fellow patients and family members who can see them "not as an illness, but as people trying to get better."
People participating in drama therapy are tasked with acting out their problems or issues with the hope of reaching catharsis or discovering something new about themselves. It can help them reach into their mind and give shape to concealed ideas.
Thanks to a partnership between Visiting Associate Professor Lisa Powers Tricomi and the ACT project, an arts and performance program for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), USF theatre students and special needs youth have been sharing the stage at USF.