Spaces are at the core of processes such as place identity. Examining cognitions, attitudes, values, and so on, has made possible to verify some characteristics that underlie the close relationship between a person and his/her environment. Our main purpose is to illustrate how performance spaces can contribute to the self development through theatre exercises, and how this self development follow complex —non-linear, fractal, fuzzy— patterns. Following this, we present the main results of an empirical research with university students, who attended an eight-session theatre workshop. Results show how theater exercises make possible to observe some complex phenomena in self development. Results are discussed from the standpoint of the symbolic space appropriation; this analysis pretends not only to offer a theoretical tool but also to give some practical guidelines addressed to enhance a self development environmentally situated.