International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Benefits of Participation in Drama Courses-The Need to Consolidate in Time the Economic Crisis
Dr. Cristina Mendes Ribeiro Gomes, Dr. Margarita Pino-Juste

With this article, the authors analyze the impact that the attending of theater courses taught by the ENTREtanto Theatre Company had in a group of 70 former students. Since 1996, that the courses are held annually in Valongo, county situated in the north of Portugal. The strategy followed was the mixed methodology, supported by a case study. The instruments of data collection were subject to triangulation: interview, group discussion and questionnaire, followed by the qualitative analysis and statistics when the results allow. The results point to the influence of theater in the promotion and development of a set of capabilities, such as self-control, adaptability, confidence, self-esteem and self-knowledge, becoming essential attributes to all human beings. The activation of these internal resources of the individual during the experience with theater nears the resilience process, helping them to overcome the embarrassment that the scenarios involved. It is suggested to central governing bodies as well local authorities to enhance investment in theatre activities which will result in attracting new audiences for theatre productions, events and courses.

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