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Thespians By alicia Hard What are thespians Thespian is a fancy word for actor Since this word is related to Thespis the guy who first took the stage in Ancient Greece you can feel smart when you use this word to describe actors ID: 510620 Download Presentation


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Cultural Project Thespians

By alicia HardSlide2

What are thespians?

Thespian is a fancy word for actor. Since this word is related to Thespis, the guy who first took the stage in Ancient Greece,

you can feel smart when you use this word to describe actors Slide3

Performing arts

Performing artists have many unique medical risks, expectations and needs . In the world of theatre actors rely on their



Balance and endurance

Working environment



Actors rely on their voice for everything, and in the theatre you are singing ,

and projecting your voice which



on your vocal cords .




use their body to express the story that they are telling on stage. Slide6

Balance and endurance

They need to have the balance and

endurance and core strength

to be able to stand and move around while performing on the stage. Which can be


times a week.Slide7

Working environment

Working environment can be the stage and dressing rooms. If someone becomes disabled it would be something for the Occupational practitioner to help that person work around any obstacle that may be in there waySlide8


Keeping a healthy body is important to keep going and doing what you love when you are

an actor. Slide9

Unless you have made it big..

You prob are not rolling in the money so you may have side jobs, and may not have health insurance.



Treatment of the occupational practitioner

Advocate for ways to help pay for treatment if they do not have health insurance

Work with SLP to help with voice strengthening

help teach breathing techniques

Educate on ways to help maintain a healthy body

Help them maintain core strength to help with endurance and balance

Make sure their home and work environment to safe and suggest ways to improveSlide11

The disability Project



in its 17th season, the DisAbility Project brings awareness and sensitivity to issues in the disability community through a combination of art and advocacy that tours to a variety of audiences. The project presents at educational institutions, conferences, special events, festivals, religious and civic groups, and corporations.


group is comprised of people with and without disabilities who are diverse in age, race, ethnicity, class, occupation, education, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, and performance experience.

Some of the disabilities of their actors include

alcoholism, amputation, asthma, bipolar disorder, blindness, brain injury, cancer, cerebral palsy, cognitive delay, depression, Down syndrome, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, polio, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, and stroke.Slide12

Occupational therapist in showbiz

During the Sundance film festival 2014 there was a movie called little accidents where actor



sot out occupational therapist mike

Tranquilli to help him with the role he had in the movie.


role involved educating Boyd in the complex array of deficits and behavioral characteristics associated with neurologic injuries such as CVA, hypoxia, aphasia, and the psychosocial aspects present with victims of stroke. Through an activity analysis of each of the characters’ scenes, I designed an occupational profile and a progressive framework for cognitive, motor, and speech patterns, that could guide the actor’s conceptualization of each scene.


of the most rewarding benefits I pulled away from this experience, beyond the unique professional collaboration, is that occupational therapy as a profession is well suited to advise on the functional or dysfunctional aspects of a character’s performance in film or television. Our domain of practice stems from an interest in people’s abilities to pursue meaningful occupation after injury.  So any film or television role that encompasses that overall component is well suited to have an occupational therapy consultant on hand to accurately depict healthcare and disability

." - MikeSlide13


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