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Studies show that professional actors and performers are more likely than their civilian counterparts to suffer from depression, anxiety, and various other mental health struggles (Burgoyne, Poulin, Rearden, 1999; Geer, 1993; Maxwell, Seton, & Szabo, 2015; Robb & Due, 2018; Rob, Due & Venning, 2016; Seton, 2010). This review synthesizes some of the literature published regarding actors and the negative mental health issues they may suffer, with attention paid to two specific acting techniques that are commonly taught in the United States, Stanislavski’s ‘system’ and Strasberg’s ‘method.’ Using a mental-health lens, a critique of these techniques is offered to the reader. The current approaches to helping mitigate the effects of acting will be discussed and specific drama therapy techniques are offered to supplement these approaches. Finally, the case will be made for why this population would benefit from drama therapy. Recommendations for future interventions and research are described.
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Arias, Gabrielle L., "In the Wings: Actors & Mental Health A Critical Review of the Literature" (2019). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 109.
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