ERIC Number: ED127654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Releasing Playfulness in the Adult through Creative Drama.
Monaghan, Therese A.
This dissertation explores the possibilities for releasing playfulness in adults through creative drama. A playful attitude, the capacity to enjoy action for its own sake, is difficult to maintain in a technological society which demands rational control, achievement, and conformity. Creative drama can provide a way to develop playfulness in our society; the attention and the concern with process which are called for in play are also basic to effective improvisational acting. Individuals who reveal physical rigidity, hold back feelings, and ignore intuitions can be helped by a sensitive guide. Concepts underlying play and creative drama are illustrated in a description of a five-day creative drama workshop designed to encourage playfulness in a group of adults. The following themes reflect the sessions: openness for receiving, letting the body speak, connecting sound and movement, exploring vocal sound, and creating images. Clinical studies are recommended to determine the changes which occur in adult participants in creative drama experiences designed to release playfulness. (Author/KS)
Descriptors: Adult Counseling, Adult Development, Creative Dramatics, Doctoral Dissertations, Drama Workshops, Dramatic Play, Humanistic Education, Play, Play Therapy, Self Actualization, Sensitivity Training
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Columbia University Teachers College