Creative Arts Therapies Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Susan Imus

Second Advisor

Laura Downey

Third Advisor

Deanna Roberts


dance movement therapy, actor, acting, character, psychoeducation, Delphi Method


The embodiment of emotion and character creates emotional dysregulation for many actors, yet few actor training programs teach emotional regulation techniques to help actors intentionally exit character and emotion. The purpose of this program development is to collaborate with others in creating a program that addresses symptoms of emotional dysregulation in populations of actors. The program will do this by providing actors with psychoeducation about the signs of emotional dysregulation and teaching dance/movement therapy skills that actors can use to regulate emotion after the embodiment of character and emotion. The intended result is to decrease the prevalence of disorders that involve emotional dysregulation in populations of actors, which improves actor quality of life and the sustainability of a career in the arts. This program was developed by utilizing the structure of the Delphi Method to gather information from a panel of seven collaborators who hold expertise in the fields of dance/movement therapy, acting, and performance pedagogy. This information was then organized using the theory approach logic model to create a pragmatic program that teaches actors skills to help them exit character and emotion. The full program has been redacted forthe author's copyright protection. 83 pages.