The Self in Performance

Autobiographical, Self-Revelatory, and Autoethnographic Forms of Therapeutic Theatre

Editors: Pendzik, Susana, Emunah, Renée, Read Johnson, David (Eds.)

  • Draws on a wealth of primary research to cast new light on the little explored field of therapeutic theatre
  • Collates disparate examples of the successes and challenges of therapeutic theatre
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to this emerging field
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This book is the first to examine the performance of autobiographical material as a theatrical form, a research subject, and a therapeutic method. Contextualizing personal performance within psychological and theatrical paradigms, the book identifies and explores core concepts, such as the function of the director/therapist throughout the creative process, the role of the audience, and the dramaturgy involved in constructing such performances. It thus provides insights into a range of Autobiographic Therapeutic Performance forms, including Self-Revelatory and Autoethnographic Performance. Addressing issues of identity, memory, authenticity, self-reflection, self-indulgence, and embodied self-representation, the book presents, with both breadth and depth, a look at this fascinating field, gathering contributions by notable professionals around the world. Methods and approaches are illustrated with case examples that range from clients in private practice in California, through students in drama therapy training in the UK, to inmates in Lebanese prisons. 

About the authors

Susana Pendzik is Head of the Drama Therapy Graduate Program at Tel Hai Academic College, Israel, and also lectures at the Swiss Dramatherapy and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An experienced drama therapist and supervisor in private practice, Susana does extensive international work, is a prolific author, and co-editor of Assessment in Drama Therapy (2012).

Renée Emunah is the author of the book, Acting for Real,  co-editor with David Johnson of Current Approaches to Drama Therapy (2nd edition), and author of numerous other publications on drama therapy.  Founder/Director of the graduate Drama Therapy Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, USA, she is an international pioneer in the field, and recipient of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s highest award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Drama Therapy.”

David Read Johnson is Co-Director of the Post Traumatic Stress Center, New Haven, CT, USA; Associate Clinical Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine and Director of the Institute for Developmental Transformations.  He is one of the founders of the North American Drama Therapy Association, and author or editor of numerous articles and books on drama therapy, trauma treatment, and the creative arts therapies.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • The Self in Performance: Context, Definitions, Directions

    Pendzik, Susana (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

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  • Influences of Experimental Theatre on the Emergence of Self-revelatory Performance

    Snow, Stephen

    Pages 21-35

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  • From Behind the Scenes to Facing an Audience in Self-Revelatory Performance

    Emunah, Renée

    Pages 37-53

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  • The Dramaturgy of Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance

    Pendzik, Susana

    Pages 55-69

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  • Surprise and Otherness in Self-revelatory Performance

    Johnson, David Read

    Pages 71-84

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Hardcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-54153-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Self in Performance
Book Subtitle
Autobiographical, Self-Revelatory, and Autoethnographic Forms of Therapeutic Theatre
Editors
  • Susana Pendzik
  • Renée Emunah
  • David Read Johnson
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53593-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-53593-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54153-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 271
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