Posted by: Dr Martha Eddy | February 12, 2008

Enact’s embodied approach to working with youth

In working with youth in NYC public schools the Drama Therapists and Actors use many different movement and non-verbal activities that promote self awareness and empathy. One such warm-up activity that helps youth open up to their own resistance to engagement in the classroom is described in the chapter of an upcoming book, “One theatre game highlights defensive behaviors. In this game, instructors ask students to exaggerate their body language by showing the biggest “attitude” they can. They then ask students to bring their bodies back to a centered, grounded and relaxed position. In this way, highly defended students can become aware of their body language in a playful and safe way.” – Diana Feldman


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