Shame & hegemonic masculinity
Using theatre to break the cycle
One inquiry I have pursued centers on the role of shame in reinforcing structures of hegemonic masculinity, particularly among adolescent boys. Pulling from scholars such as bell hooks, Peggy Orenstein, and Brené Brown, I outlined a theory for a hegemonic masculinity shame cycle, pictured here. I have also considered how we can use theatre as a method of interrupting this cycle by fostering connection, rehearsing alternative performances, and encouraging shame regulation. Please contact me for more information or portions of my papers.