South Africa & University of the Witwatersrand, 2018
Jessica Mayson is currently completing training to become a drama therapist, through a Master’s degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is passionate about using creativity (art, drama, music and movement) to build mental health and resilience. Her Master’s research is focusing on creating awareness and understanding of what drama therapy means and how it can be used within the South African context. This could be relevant for potential clients, the drama therapy community itself as well as other mental health professionals. This research could allow drama therapy and its healing potential to become more accessible, which is crucial in this country.
Jessica completed her Bachelor of Arts degree (Drama and Psychology) with distinction, at the University of Cape Town. She has worked extensively in low income schools and with at-risk youth, using drama for social justice, community building and self-esteem. She also has many years’ volunteer experience, facilitating informal education youth programmes and being on the executive management of volunteer organisations. She is enlivened by facilitating groups, and believes that working communally is one of the most potent mechanisms of healing, transformation and reconciliation.
Jessica is a Flamenco dancer, and dreams of returning to learn in the streets and studios of Spain one day. She loves choral singing, a tradition that has been in her family for generations. Although she has lived in Johannesburg for a while, her Capetonian heart is still not used to the Gauteng thunderstorms. Above most things, eating a big bowl of pasta makes Jessica a very happy person.