Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Spring 4-6-2022


Music and Performing Arts, College of


Theatre and Dance, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. James Al-Shamma

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Strengthening Adolescents with Anxiety Through Drama Therapy

Jeremy Moeller

In recent years the issues associated with social anxiety have become increasingly common in adolescents. With these issues becoming more common it is important that they continue to be nurtured and helped. With so many forms of therapy though it may be hard for someone to find a practice that suits them. That is where drama therapy comes in. Drama therapy is a fairly new practice that helps these adolescents to become more expressive and engaging in their everyday lives, decrease their social anxieties, and build a new sense of confidence with their anxiety. By gaining a deeper knowledge of theatre and its history, these adolescents are also provided with a new outlet in which they can explore and continue to grow as human beings. With all of this in mind it becomes obvious as to why drama therapy has become so effective in helping these children to grow. Whether it be through group exercises, individual sessions, improvisational theatre, or a structured three step method of putting on a performance, drama therapy has something for everyone no matter what their setbacks in life may be.