Senior Honors Theses


John FilegarFollow

Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2017


School of Nursing


Nursing (B.S.N.)


theatre arts, theatre arts therapy, art therapy, creative arts, holism, holistic health, holistic nursing


Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Art Therapy | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Nursing | Other Mental and Social Health | Performance Studies | Recreational Therapy


The purpose of this thesis is to provide an argument for the implementation of theatre arts therapy in the clinical setting. The effects of traditional art therapies involving visual arts, expressive arts, and music on the holistic health of the patient in the clinical setting have been thoroughly researched and understood. However, the extent of the influence of theatre arts therapy on the holistic health of individuals in the clinical setting lacks sufficient evidence and therefore cannot be compared to the influence of traditional art therapies on the holistic health of individuals in the same setting. Following an overview on holism and holistic nursing, the influence of creative arts on holistic health will be determined. After discussing the integration of traditional arts therapies into the clinical setting, the benefits of theatre arts therapy will be explored and recommendations on the application of theatre arts therapy in the clinical setting will be made.