The Self in Performance

Autobiographical, Self-Revelatory, and Autoethnographic Forms of Therapeutic Theatre

  • Susana Pendzik
  • Renée Emunah
  • David Read Johnson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Susana Pendzik, Renée Emunah, David Read Johnson
    Pages 1-18
  3. Influences and Concepts

  4. Applications and Approaches

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-271

About this book


This book is the first to examine the performance of autobiographical material as a theatrical form, a research subject, and a therapeutic method. Contextualizing personal performance within psychological and theatrical paradigms, the book identifies and explores core concepts, such as the function of the director/therapist throughout the creative process, the role of the audience, and the dramaturgy involved in constructing such performances. It thus provides insights into a range of Autobiographic Therapeutic Performance forms, including Self-Revelatory and Autoethnographic Performance. Addressing issues of identity, memory, authenticity, self-reflection, self-indulgence, and embodied self-representation, the book presents, with both breadth and depth, a look at this fascinating field, gathering contributions by notable professionals around the world. Methods and approaches are illustrated with case examples that range from clients in private practice in California, through students in drama therapy training in the UK, to inmates in Lebanese prisons. 


autobiographical theatre personal theatre drama therapy performance studies memory studies therapeutic practice autobiographical storytelling solo performance actor-auteur dementia ethnography methodology psychotherapy Supervision theatre Therapeut therapy Training trauma treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Susana Pendzik
    • 1
  • Renée Emunah
    • 2
  • David Read Johnson
    • 3
  1. 1.Social Sciences and HumanitiesTel Hai Academic College Social Sciences and HumanitiesUpper GalileeIsrael
  2. 2.California Institute of Integral Studies San FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Yale University New HavenUSA

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