Honors Program

Honors in Theatre and Dance

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Melissa Shafer, Karen Brewster

Thesis Professor Department

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Thesis Reader(s)

Melissa Shafer, Karen Brewster


This essay describes tools for unlocking accessibility in theatre, specifically for those within the disabled community. Throughout my own research in accessible theatre, and the research reviewed within this paper, it is seen that inclusive theatre yields a multitude of positive benefits for those involved, both emotionally and socially. Throughout my experience with OpenSpot Theatre, an accessible theatre company that teaches drama classes in areas throughout the United States, I learn methods to implement accessibility in theatrical settings using devised theatre, affinity therapy, and applied theatre techniques. Within this thesis, I describe my experience with accessible theatre, OpenSpot theatre, and take a look into how the brilliant realms of theatre and psychology collide.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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