Applied theatre, puppetry and emotional skills in healthcare: a cross-disciplinary pedagogical framework

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Sextou, Persephone, Karypidou, Anatoli and Kourtidou-Sextou, Eleni 2020. Applied theatre, puppetry and emotional skills in healthcare: a cross-disciplinary pedagogical framework. Applied Theatre Journal . 8 (1), pp. 89-105. https://doi.org/10.1386/atr_00028_1
AuthorsSextou, Persephone, Karypidou, Anatoli and Kourtidou-Sextou, Eleni
Abstract

Artists such as actors and puppeteers in healthcare face emotional challenges in their work. This article investigates the interpersonal competencies and emotional skills of the artist, who uses puppets in their practice, in healthcare contexts and settings. We present initial findings from phase B of a wider longitudinal study. Phase A focused on actors in hospitals and drama trainees. Phase B uses qualitative research methods with actors, puppeteers and therapists as participants. Content analysis of data reveals that the main competencies the artist needs to deal with emotional incidents in healthcare are empathy, self and social awareness, self-care, self-reflection, emotional resilience and active listening. These skills are needed alongside acting and puppetry skills to develop competent and professional artists in healthcare. The study offers evidence to further develop strategies of receiving, processing and communicating emotions safely and effectively within the protection of the art form. Therefore, this study diverts our attention from traditional training courses that are mainly about learning artistic skills to a cross-disciplinary pedagogical framework that aims to enable artists to observe, reflect and process emotions before, during and after performance with patients as theatre ‘audience’-participants.

KeywordsApplied theatre; Cross-disciplinary pedagogical framework; Emotional skills; Metaxis; Puppetry
Year2020
JournalApplied Theatre Journal
Journal citation8 (1), pp. 89-105
PublisherIntellect
ISSN2049-3010
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1386/atr_00028_1
Official URLhttps://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/atr/2020/00000008/00000001/art00007;jsessionid=532agd3d8pgsf.x-ic-live-02
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