Treatment for Audition and Performance Anxiety

ACT for Actors is an 8-week program developed by Dr. Michael Jacobs in order to help musical theater performers with audition anxiety. ACT for Actors is based on the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model which has been proven to effectively treat anxiety disorders. The model combines basics tenets of the ACT model, including value-driven behavior, encouraging the acceptance of emotions, and gaining distance from one's thoughts with specific exercises tailored to the unique experiences of performing artists.

​Dr. Jacobs focused his doctoral dissertation research at Hofstra University on ACT for Actors. His dissertation study, which built upon the pilot trial conducted for his Thesis project, provided encouraging results in the group of anxious professional musical theater performers. The participants, all professional musical theater performers, found the skills they learned to be helpful and effective overall at improving their management of anxiety symptoms at auditions. ​Dr. Jacobs presented the results of the pilot study at the American Psychological Association 2018 Conference in San Francisco.

This model was developed initially as a group-based treatment model and is now available at the Performance Institute for CBT as individual therapy, virtually, or with limited availability as a group model. For more information on this targeted treatment, please contact us.

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