Exploring psychological wellbeing in a sample of Australian actors

Following on from the discussions at TNV’s Australian Theatre Forum in January 2015, the University of Adelaide have published a fact sheet compiled by authors Alison Robb, Dr Clemence Due, Dr Anthony Venning, and Emeritus Professor Ted Nettelbeck from recent research into the welbeing of performing artists.

“Literature on the wellbeing of performing artists is limited, focusing on small pockets of research with musicians and dancers. Actors are under-represented, with a few small studies suggesting actors may be over-exposed to criticism, have higher levels of unresolved trauma, experience both satisfaction and uncertainty and may be subject to multiple sources of stress. Narrative evidence suggests actors may be resilient but vulnerable to depression, may misuse substances, feel extreme pressure to perform and be unlikely to seek help.”

Download the fact sheet here:

Exploring psychological wellbeing in a sample of Australian actors