Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Dr. Angelle Cook, PhD.


The philosophy of neoliberalism has made a significant impact on America’s public school system, as its principles push for an emphasis on standardized testing and increased evaluation in the classroom and curriculum that will ultimately make a student more marketable in the American workforce. This systemic approach leads to increased stress and anxiety among teachers, students, and school-based drama therapists alike. In this literature review, I investigate the literature on neoliberalism, its impact on teachers and therapy practices, specifically drama therapy, and how educators and therapists may resist this system through pedological approaches. I will argue that teachers and school-based drama therapists form allyship in the classroom, wherein the principles of drama therapy lend themselves to pedagogy, in order for teachers to educate beyond the confines of neoliberalist reform and use creative expression to reduce their occupational stress.

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