Date of Graduation

Spring 2012


Master of Arts in Theatre


Theatre and Dance

Committee Chair

Christopher Herr


drama therapy, That Takes Ovaries, empowerment, self-esteem, females, adolescents

Subject Categories

Theatre and Performance Studies


This thesis examines the drama therapy program implemented by the non-governmentorganization That Takes Ovaries. That Takes Ovaries is an organization that has created a book and play by the same name, presents workshops across the country, and sponsorsopen mikes in the U.S. and other countries, but this thesis will focus on That TakesOvaries's drama therapy workshops that aim to empower women and girls. This thesisdescribes the drama therapy work That Takes Ovaries has done with women and girls inIndia, Guyana, and across the United States, while aligning the program to the larger contexts of drama therapy theory and empowerment theory. The program proves touphold the foremost theories of effective drama therapy and empowerment practices. Thecollection of quantitative data, the biggest challenge facing That Takes Ovaries drama therapy, is investigated, and a possible solution is found in the use of the Personal Progress Scale-Revised, a measure used to show empowerment growth. Additional activities and resources to enhance the That Takes Ovaries drama therapy program and increase continued participation are suggested based upon other successful empowerment programs like Go Grrrls.


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