theatre and Empathy & compassion
While a student at Texas Christian University, I had the opportunity to complete an undergraduate thesis titled "Understanding Theatre's Potential for Fostering Empathy and Compassion" under supervising professor Alan Shorter. Professor Lydia Mackay and Dr. Sarah Hill also served on my committee. This paper explores the existing literature on empathy, compassion, storytelling, and their relationship to theatre. It includes a psychological study of how viewing theatre impacts empathetic attitudes among audience members (a study I had the opportunity to present at the Society for Personality & Social Psychology Conference in February 2020, pictured to the right). The paper dives into an analysis of the overlaps between Stanislavski's techniques/ideas and the development of compassion, and it finishes with a proposed curriculum for a compassion workshop using the techniques of Stanislavski and a variety of other theatre practitioners. Feel free to contact me to ask for a copy of the paper.
"Attachment and Perspective-Taking in the Context of Storytelling"
"Distance & Connection: Using the Alienation Effect and "The Drama of Commitment" as a Lens for Compassion-Oriented Theatre"
An Analysis of The Caucasian Chalk Circle a la David Ball