Self-revelatory performance: A form of drama therapy and theatre | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2054-7668
  • E-ISSN: 2054-7676



Self-Revelatory performance is defined as a form in which a performer originates a theatre piece drawn from current life issues in need of healing. The author articulates the similarities and differences between ‘Self-Rev’ and autobiographical theatre as well as other related forms, and describes drama therapeutic methods of grappling with personal struggles, all the while focusing on creating a work of art worthy of presentation before an audience. The contention that Self-Rev is both a form of drama therapy – offering healing and transformation, and a unique genre of theatre – with elements that lend themselves toward compelling and poignant performance – is explicated.


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