Is there Drama Therapy at Southwestern College?
By Allegra Borghese
At Southwestern College we incorporate many modes and traditions of healing
into the classroom. For first year students in Consciousness I, we were
asked to represent our findings of a research project through an interactive
performance. While the introverted part of me was not eager to throw myself
in front of the spotlight, I was surprised by how transformational it felt
to really show up and be vulnerable in front of an audience.
This unexpected outlet for creativity and expression through my group’s skit
led me to the insight that my own willingness to try something can be a
vital variable in the client-therapist relationship. Engaging with the
performer-audience dynamic recapitulated prior performance experiences,
allowing me to (a) let go of the past which no longer serves me, and (b) make
more room to more effectively hold the experience of a future client.
Consciously pushing my boundaries and remaining open to what this assignment
held for me marked the entrance into a new phase of my education at
Southwestern. I feel like more of me is becoming the therapist I’m destined
to be, and more of me exists in the present moment. I’m looking forward to
what other unexpected modalities of healing this intense and unpredictable
curriculum throws my way!
Click below to catch a peak of what Allegra Borghese, Stephanie Cabrera, and
Alanna Sindlinger created for their presentation on the lineage of makeup!