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Persona Non Grata: A Theoretical Exploration of De-Roling in Drama Therapy


Persona Non Grata: A Theoretical Exploration of De-Roling in Drama Therapy

Lassken, Savannagh (2016) Persona Non Grata: A Theoretical Exploration of De-Roling in Drama Therapy. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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This research examines the phenomenon of de-roling in drama therapy literature and inquiries about its purpose and application. As de-roling has historical roots in acting, a therapeutic underpinning is sought to define its purpose in a healing context. An expansive search spanned drama therapy literature, with exclusion criterion being artefacts devoid of a de-rolement component and content expressed in a language other than English. Application of de-roling is found to include interventions utilizing: physical, verbal, props, space, costumes and cognitive aspects. Literature indicates the purpose for de-roling relates to: (1) transitioning from one state of being to another, (2) sharing and reflecting on character enactment, (3) letting go of a character or a negatively felt sensation, (4) setting boundaries to create distance, and (5) integrating for learning and to amalgamate character qualities. Other professions using a de-roling method, namely theatre, education, mental health and medicine are explored to discover variance in purpose and application. Exploration of the five outlined purposes delivers new and diverse ways to view de-roling therapeutically. Future exploration using other research methodologies is suggested.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Lassken, Savannagh
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option)
Date:23 August 2016
Keywords:De-role, de-roling, drama therapy, creative arts therapies
ID Code:981522
Deposited On:26 Aug 2016 15:48
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 18:00


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