Faculty

Robert J. Landy

Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology

Robert J. Landy

Phone: (212) 998 5258
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Robert J. Landy, Ph.D., is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) and Board Certified Trainer (BCT). A pioneer in the profession of Drama Therapy, he lectures and trains professionals internationally. As a drama therapist, Landy has more than 35 years of clinical experience, having treated children and adults with a wide range of psychiatric, cognitive and adjustment challenges. He has recently worked in prisons, developing programs to treat mentally ill offenders as well as the general population within New York State correctional facilities.

At NYU, Robert is a Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology and Director of the Drama Therapy Program, which he founded in 1984.

As researcher and writer, Robert has published and produced numerous books, articles, films and plays in the fields of Drama, Drama Therapy, Musical Theatre and related topics. He has been featured in the media in the educational CBS-TV series Drama in Education, the award-winning documentary film, Standing Tall, and his own production, Three Approaches to Drama Therapy. His 2008 book The Couch and the Stage: Integrating Words and Action in Psychotherapy examined the relationship between psychotherapy and Drama Therapy. His forthcoming book (with David Montgomery), Theatre for Change: Education, Social Action, Therapy, examines the relationship between Drama Therapy and applied forms of theatre.

Robert has received numerous awards and honors including the Distinguished Teaching Medal from New York University, a Fulbright grant to lecture at the University of Lisbon, the Gertrud Schattner Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Drama Therapy , and the Daniel Griffiths Award from New York University for distinguished research. He has been cited, reviewed and interviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The Los Angeles Times.


Degrees Held

  • B.A.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.

Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, NYU
  • Fulbright Lecturing Award
  • Grant: New York Times Foundation School Arts Rescue Initiative
  • The Gertrud Schattner Award: for distinguished contribution to the field of drama therapy
  • Daniel E. Griffiths Research Award, New York University
  • Citation of Excellence in Educational Theatre, American Theatre Association
  • Distinguished Research Award, National Association of Drama Therapy

Selected Publications

  • Persona and Performance (link)
  • Drama Therapy:Concepts, Theories and Practices (link)
  • Essays in Drama Therapy: The Double Life (link)
  • How We See God and Why It Matters (link)
  • God Lives in Glass (link)
  • New Essays in Drama Therapy: Unfinished Business (link)
  • The Couch and the Stage: Integrating Words and Action in Psychotherapy (link)
  • Theatre for Change: Education, Social Action and Therapy (link)

Courses

  • Introduction to Drama Therapy
  • Advanced Research and Theory in Drama Therapy
  • Group Dynamics
  • Action Approaches in Mental Health Counseling

Research Interests

  • Drama Therapy
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre in Prisons
  • Perceptions of Children through Art and Drama
  • Psychoanalysis and Action Psychotherapy
  • Theatre for Individual and Social change