Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Interact : Tandem Teaching Theatre and Psychology

Dr. Michael J. Maloney, Patti Interrante.

Through the application of psychology and theatrical elements the students will learn the steps of personal growth and how they parallel the process of the actor's personal awareness and the development of a Character on stage. The student will learn the tools to help identify feeling and cope with life issues. This will be Learned from the psychological applications as well as the tools the actor would use to dissect the issues of theatrical characters in order to bring them to life. The process quite often is similar, it is the viewpoint that is different. What well be learned is that life mirrors art and art mirrors life, students will learn various personality theories and reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses. This reflective process encourages Self awareness and produces better life choices and greater sensitivity for acting on stage. Through writing and discussing their successes and failures in life students develop greater empathy skills for life and stage In our workshop we will present our integrated course and Encourage attendees to participate in acting out of their own experiences.


Dr. Michael J. Maloney  (United States)
Student Development
Oakton Community College

I have taught psychology and worked as a counselor at Oakton since 1972.
My latest interest is teaching a tandem course combing the concepts of psychology and acting.

Patti Interrante  (United States)

  • Tandem Teaching

(60 min. Workshop, English)