Psychology and the Expressive Arts
Release date: November 05, 2008
By Holly Roland, '09
Originally from England, Ms. Margolius came to America with the novel idea to begin her own drama-troupe. At age nineteen, she dedicated herself to the expressive arts, and has been traveling around Europe and the states, using drama to heal, ever since. MEAC works with a broad population of people. In Maryland, her troupe performs for multiply handicapped children at the Maryland School for the Blind, as well as adolescents with behavioral problems and the elderly.
All of Ms. Margolius’s plays, including On a Wing and a Prayer, are interactive. Goucher students were invited to participate in the story; they were therapeutically massaged on their arms, encouraged to respond to props, and engaged in dance and relaxation techniques. After the performance, Ms. Margolius lead a discussion about the expressive arts and was available for questions from the audience.
Many Goucher students work with Ms. Margolius throughout the year as a form of service-learning. For those interested in working with MEAC, Professor Rick Pringle can be contacted for additional details.