Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Laura L. Wood


This capstone thesis explores the ways in which dramatherapeutic techniques, specifically Role Method (RM), can be used in conjunction with the field of Therapeutic Circus Arts (TCA). The literature reviews the topics of the history of circus, social circus, the current research on Therapeutic Circus Arts, and drama therapy with a concentration on the core processes, role theory, and Role Method. A one-time community engagement workshop project was developed based on Role Method and Therapeutic Circus Arts to guide adults with circus experience to create a meaningful performance designed for self-discovery. Results of the workshop are presented through this writer’s experience, further exhibited by arts-based research centering on the themes of self-discovery, vulnerability, and active witnessing. This thesis offers a bridging of two emerging fields and alternative uses for the application of Role Method. Further study could benefit from extending the workshop into multiple sessions to promote role exploration and self-growth.

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