Students rehearsing for their capstone Self-Revelatory performances.
Our graduating students choose from among four capstone project options:
- a Self-Revelatory performance
- a publication quality research paper
- a live therapeutic performance which the student has directed
- a video documentary of clinical drama therapy work the student has facilitated over time
In Self-Revelatory performance, the actor crafts an original theatre piece that explores, grapples with, and aspires towards healing a current life challenge. Unlike autobiographical theatre, which focuses more on recounting life experience, Self-Revelatory Performance involves real-time "working through" of psychological wounds. The actor uses drama therapy methods (such as portraying parts of the self) in creating the piece and within the performance itself. The immediacy and authenticity of Self-Rev performances makes them compelling and moving theatre that often strikes universal chords in audience members.
A majority of students choose the Self-Revelatory Performance option. Our program is engaged in ongoing investigation into how this capstone option is meaningful in relation to the growth and deepening (personally and professionally) of emerging drama therapy clinicians. Self-Revelatory Performances in our program tend to be psychologically astute, poignant, aesthetic, and inspiring. They reflect students' skills in drama therapy; integration of academic and experiential learning in the program; and the personal growth, perspective, self-awareness and multicultural awareness they have acquired throughout their training in the program.