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Youth Unscripted: Forum Theatre Programming and Social Emotional Learning, 2020

Identifier: te_2020spring_tarnower_holly.pdf

Scope and Content Note

From the Series:

The series contains digital Master's theses perdominately from 2018 to present, however there are some older theses from 2010 and 2016. The theses consist of either a production book and a media component or solely a production book. The media components were originally submitted on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and changed to digital submissions in 2020.


  • 2020


Conditions Governing Use

The thesis is restricted due to FERPA, permission from the author is required before you can view the thesis.


80 pages (80 pages)

Language of Materials

From the record group: English

From the record group: Chinese

From the record group: Spanish; Castilian


"This thesis provides evidence of forum theatre programs supporting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies. Specifically, the thesis looks at an after-school program, called Youth Unscripted (YU), for Boston Public High School students. The author served as the facilitator for YU during this thesis. Fourteen students from six different schools participated in the program once a week from October 2019 to March 2020. This thesis looks specifically at three workshops conducted consecutively in February 2020. The findings are based on active participant observations from the author, transcripts from the workshops, and individual interviews with students following the workshops. The thesis provides specific examples of YU engaging skills associated with each SEL competency. The author concludes that YU's unique ability to engage SEL skills is rooted in the "sense of community" built in the YU classroom which creates an environment in which students feel safe and empowered to increase their academic engagement." -- Abstract

Physical Location

RG 010.01D Performing Arts

Physical Description

80 pages

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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