TANYA SCHEER IMPROV WORKSHOPS

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Theatrical Healing Modalities. Collective Creative Expression.

 
Thought changes structure... I saw people rewire their brains with their thoughts, to cure previously incurable obsessions and trauma.
— Dr. Norman Doidge, “The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science”
 
 

Today more than ever, the fields of analysis, therapy, and rehabilitation are all recognizing the healing effects of 'play'. Not performing a play, but the act of individuals playing.

Improvisation has its roots, not in comedy or performance, but in healing and transformation. Originally used in the 1940s, it was the result of students from the University of Chicago experimenting with the combination of psychology, sociology, and theater games. The ability for people seeking to be healed to inhabit other 'characters', experience different emotions and behaviors, and work with others in a collaborative, supportive environment led to groundbreaking and profound results.

Role playing, spontaneous expression and storytelling, and collective conflict resolution are some of the ways Psychodrama and Sociodrama are used by groups in the therapeutic community. Improvisation, however, is extremely popular and offers effective tools and skills for participants to apply to their healing process and in their day to day lives: the YES, AND orientation; listening without an agenda; non-judgement; building and fortifying trust within the group and within one's self.

Neuroplasticity is a relatively new area of study. Neuroplasticity – or brain plasticity – is the ability of the brain to modify its connections or re-wire itself.

 

The basis of theater is to inhabit and empathize with the human condition in its many forms. Allowing individuals struggling with anxiety, trauma, and depression to free themselves and inhabit someone else, even as “pretend”, can create new neural pathways in that individual.

The brain does not know the difference between real and play. This is an under-used tool that we can and must begin applying and implementing in recovery. Profound change is possible when we do.
— Jeffrey Goldfarb, Phd.

RELATED ARTICLES:

PSYCHODRAMA  from Psychology Today

 

 

 

 

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Corporate improv: team building, creativity & innovation, presentation & public speaking, active listening, conflict resolution.

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