Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Christine Iaderosa, Sindecuse Health Center

Second Advisor

Joyce Ross, SMEDA


Theatre is an excellent tool for education and instilling the will and ideas to make societal changes. Using the techniques and theories of Augusto Boal, Dr. Christine Iaderosa at Western Michigan University created musical titled “Food Prisons” to address the social stigmas and issue involved with eating disorders and disordered eating. These techniques positively model the actions and effects involved in eating disorders to show alternative routes to eating disorders and the effects eating disorders have on the person and those around them. The show was positively received when it was performed in 2012 when the audience and cast were surveyed. It can be concluded that theatre education programs are effective with eating disorders on college campuses.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

Included in

Psychology Commons