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A Girl Worth Fighting For: Stage Combat and the Adolescent Female Sense of Self, 2022

Identifier: te_2022spring_odonnell_amanda.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.


  • 2022


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


"Following a stage combat workshop with a group of high school girls, I examine how stage combat education is both similar to and different from generalized theatre education. Both offer students the opportunity to develop community, grow their personal and social skills, express themselves, and have fun. Additionally, I found that stage combat's unique focus on consent and boundaries makes it a promising tool to help adolescents (particularly young women) develop their interpersonal communication skills when it comes to physical interactions, an especially important skill as many teenagers start experimenting with their own sexuality. Furthermore, stage combat's simultaneous demand for emotional commitment and physical control offers adolescents an opportunity to feel and express powerful emotions while still maintaining control of their actions. This duality can help teenagers develop the ability to express and regulate emotions in a manner that is constructive, creative, and safe." -- 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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