Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Theatre
Theatre and Dance
creative arts therapy, drama therapy, ensemble work, survivors of abuse, Sergey Ostrenko
Theatre and Performance Studies
This study combined techniques of theatre directors Jerzy Grotowski and Sergey Ostrenko with creative arts therapy and ensemble work to promote expression, cognition and relational healing among participants over a six-week period. Techniques focused on various aspects of participants' emotional, psychological and relational needs. This assimilation of rehearsal methods, ensemble work and creative arts therapy methods with abused teenage girls is unique. The director documents the project's design and implementation and describes its impact on participants. Two young participants wrote about rape, and through their performance expressed their remaining grief, while speaking out with confidence against future abuse. Similarly, an increased sense of identity and healing was evident at the end of the six weeks process when participants performed their creative work as an ensemble. The writer's hope is that project impression, its implementation and reflection on its impact will spur further exploration into creative means for expression, cognition and relational growth among adolescent survivors of abuse.
© Rebecca E. Grant
Grant, Rebecca E., "Project Impression: An Ensemble Rehearsal and Performance Project for the Healing and Growth of Adolescent Survivors of Abuse" (2008). MSU Graduate Theses. 2607.